Steps to make Puran Poli:
1: Soak the chana dal in water for 3-4 hours and then drain.
2: In a pressure cooker, cook the chana dal for 5-6 whistles or more till soft and cooked. now strain the dal. keep the stock aside. this stock can be used for making amti (dal curry) or you can just add it to your veggie dishes or rotis.
3: Now mash the dal with a wooden spoon or potato masher. you can also use your mixer to mash the dal very well.
4: Add all the other ingredients for the puran.
5: Mix well.
6: Add the whole mixture in a kadai or pan and begin to cook it on a medium flame.
7: Keep on stirring occasionally. the mixture has to be cooked till it becomes thick and dry.
8: This will take about 8-10 minutes. continue to stir.
9: This is how the consistency of the mixture should be. let this mixture cool.
10: And then make medium size balls from this mixture. cover and keep aside.
b: Making the poli
1: Knead the whole wheat flour, oil, water salt into a smooth dough… the way we make for our chapatis.
2: Now take a medium sized ball from the dough and roll it into a 4 inch diameter circle on a rolling board.
3: Place the filling ball in the center of the rolled dough.
4: Lift the edges of the dough and begin to cover the sweet ball.
5: Bring together all the edges and press these together.
6: Dust some flour on the board and roll gently into circular rounds.
7: Heat a flat pan or tava… place the puran poli on the tava and fry both sides the way we make parathas with oil or ghee.
8: Cook the puran poli till brown spots begun to appear on both sides.
9: When done stack them up in a roti basket or wrap them in a kitchen towel. serve puran poli warm or hot with some ghee or milk. we just had them plain.