Toor Dal Poli

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Toor Dal Poli

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 25 of the above size

Toor/tur/tuvar dal is a quintessential commodity in all Indian kitchens. It is considered staple and comfort food in all Indian cuisines and communities. We use it in the preparation of dal, rasam, dal-palak,sambar and bisibele bhath and so many other dishes. We also prepare sweet poli with this dal in combination with sugar which really tastes great and will be smooth and very aromatic. I have already put up a variety of polis on this blog like the Puran poli, Ellu holige, Sanjeera, Soyi poli / Kayi holige, Shenga holige. Today I would like to put up Toor dal holige to add to the long list of the same. It is easy to prepare too.

What you need to have:

1. Too-dal – 1 cup

2. Sugar – 1  and 1/3 cup

3. Nutmeg powder – 1 Teaspoon

4. Poppy seeds – 3-4 Teaspoons

5. Cardamom – 6

Ingredients of Toor-dal poli

Ingredients of the outer dough:

1. Wheat atta – 1 and 1/3 cup

2. Cooking oil – 4 Tablespoons

3. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

4. Salt – To taste

Ingredients of the outer dough

What you do with what you have:

1. Soak toor-dal for about 1/2 hour and cook it in the cooker, adding sufficient quantity of water depending upon the quality of dal, till soft and as shown in the image below.

Cooked Toor-dal

2. Transfer cooked dal to a skillet and add required quantity of sugar to it. Cook it till the sugar combines with the cooked dal to form an edible mixture.

Sugar being added to cooked toor dal to make a soft stuffing

3. Place a spatula on low flame and dry roast poppy seeds in it till done. On cooling, powder it coarsely. Powder nutmeg and cardamom too.

Poppy seeds being dry roasted

4. Cook dal and sugar till it mixes to turn into an edible mixture. Grind it either in the mixer or grinder however convenient to a smooth consistency without adding water. Add nutmeg powder, cardamom powder and poppy seeds powder from step-3 to it. Make round balls of required size and keep it aside.

Stuffing being shaped into round balls

5. Sieve wheat atta, turmeric powder and salt in the siever and as is shown in the image below.

   Sieved mixture of wheat atta, salt and turmeric powder

6. Transfer the above mixture to a bowl and add required quantity of water to it and make a soft pliable dough. Add 5-6 teaspoons of cooking oil to make the dough elastic too and keep it aside for a while. Pinch out required quantity of the dough and roll it into 2″ diameter disc and place the stuffing from step-4 into it and fold the edges in such a way that it does not open up.

 Outer dough, pinched out ball and the stuffing being placed into it

7. Dust the stuffed ball in atta slightly and roll it on a thick plastic sheet to required consistency.

Rolled Toordal poli

8. Place a dosa skillet on low/medium flame and on heating place rolled poli on it. Dry roast the same.

        Poli being dry roasted

9. Flip and roast on the reverse too

Poli roasted on the reverse

10. Serve hot with pure ghee or plain. Repeat the same process for the remaining polis too.  A closer view of Toordal poli. Enjoy – yummmmmmmmm !!!

A closer view of Toor dal poli

How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 25 of the above size


8 thoughts on “Toor Dal Poli

    nags said:
    July 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    this is really nice, definitely trying soon!

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Nags,

      First time and you do have a wonderful blog and keep up the good work.

    Sushma Mallya said:
    July 26, 2011 at 3:09 am

    This looks so inviting …yummy …will try this soon 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Sushma,

      Thanx a lot for comments as usual.

    Narayanaswamy said:
    August 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Really nice. Will try for sure!

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Narayanaswamy,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do send me da feed-back please.

    vasanthi said:
    September 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    hi Prathibha
    I am your new fan….this is really nice…will try this soon

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Vasanthi,

      Thanx a lot for earlier comments and please send me the feed back .

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