Moong-dal Poli

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Moong Dal Poli

How long it takes: 60 mins

Number of servings: 20 polis

I can imagine people wondering since when has moong dal been used to make poli. But really this poli also would be as tasty as the original Puran Poli made of Bengalgram/chana dal. I just prepared one to see how they turn out – small cup of dal and sugar (instead of jaggery) and the remaining usual ingredients and was I surprised !  Now I am going to have polis made of each of the 3 dals – toor dal, moong dal and Bengalgram/chana dal puran poli on this blog so you can try them all out and pick your favorites. There are also other poli here – Sanjeera, Soyi poli, Dates poli, Shenga poli, Ellu Holige.

What you need to have:

1. Moong dal – 1 Cup

2. Sugar – 3/4 cup

3. Poppy seeds – 1 Tablespoon

4. Cardamom – 10

Ingredients of moong dal poli stuffing

1. Wheat atta – 1 cup

2. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

3. Cooking oil – 2-3 Tablespoon

4. Water – Approximately – 1/3 cup

5. Salt – As per taste

Ingredients of the outer dough

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and soak Moong dal in water for about 20 minutes and cook it in cooker as usual for another 20 minutes till done. Make sure you dont add too much water. Just add water above the dal level. (If dal is not cooked for the first time sprinkle (not add) water and cook it again in cooker. Cooked dal is as shown in image below.

Cooked Moongdal

2. Powder sugar in the mixer and keep it aside.

3.  Transfer cooked dal to a skillet and add sugar powder from Step 2 (above). Cook till sugar melts and combines with dal to make for a soft mix.

Sugar powder being added to cooked moong dal

4. Place a spatula with poppy seeds in it on low flame and roast it till they splutters. On cooling powder it in mixer.

5. When sugar is being mixed with dal, add poppy seeds powder to it.  Mix it well and grind it in the mixer without adding water.

Poppy seeds powder being mixed with dal-sugar mix

6. Make round balls and keep it aside.

7. Sieve wheat atta, salt and turmeric powder in a siever and add water slowly to make a soft dough. Later on, add raw cooking oil in steps to make it elastic and keep it aside for about an hour pouring oil on it.  Pinch out a small quantity of it and flatten with your hands around 3-4″ in diameter and place the stuffing balls from step-5 into it and fold the edges as shown in the image below.

 Atta with salt & turmeric

 Filling placed and the edges closed after folding

8. Roll the stuffed poli on a thick plastic sheet, dusting in wheat atta if needed to required thickness. Repeat the same rolling process for the remaining poli.

Rolled sweet poli

9. Place a skillet on medium flame.  When hot, place rolled poli from step 8 on it.

Poli being dry roasted

10. When roasted at the bottom, flip over. The picture below shows the roasted side.

With the above proportions of ingredients, you should have about 20 polis to enjoy (with hot ghee/milk ). Store it in air tight containers in refrigerator.  If storing at room temperature then they should be good for 2-3 days.

A closer view of Moong Dal Poli

How long it takes: 60 mins

Number of servings: 20 polis

Good to remember:

1. For cooking Moong dal add just right quantity of water.  In the sense the left over water after soaking is sufficient to cook just right as shown in the image -3.  Adding more water will make dal mushy as a result the stuffing will turn watery after adding sugar and will not be able to stuff at all.

2. Powder sugar and add it to mix with dal for the reason that it will mix faster.

3. Push it in the refrigerator for best storage and can be served as a party dish too.


6 thoughts on “Moong-dal Poli

    Sushma Mallya said:
    October 11, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Looks so delicious and nice …will try this soon 🙂

    Priya said:
    October 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Yum yum, wat a delicious poli, thanks for sharing..

    Rashmi said:
    October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Interesting, its a new variety that I am hearing…..looks delicious!

    foodie @ tasting spot said:
    October 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    i love your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

    vijji said:
    December 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Aunty the poli was very tasty .Thanks for a different and healthy version of poli.Aunty do write the recipe of masala poli in your healthy version.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Vijji,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back. I will put up ur recipe request soon.

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