Polis (singular: Poli) or Puran Poli (filled/stuffed sweet bread) are made in many parts of India as desserts. Traditionally they are made with all-purpose flour, jaggery, dal and sometime coconut, and lots of ghee. My version is a low-fat, healthy version, which results in amazingly delicious Polis, that can be eaten without guilt.
It was New Year for the Telugu, Kannada and Marathi communities yesterday, and we make lot of delicacies on New Year, like always. I made Polis as one of them.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ cups oat flour
- 1 tspn salt
- 1 tspn sugar (optional)
- Light olive oil/vegetable oil
- 200 g dates, pitted
- 150 g pistachios, roasted
- Ghee + Olive oil for roasting
– In a processor, pulse the dates and pistachios till they form rubble. Alternatively, you can chop them finely with a sharp knife. Leave the mixture covered.
– In another bowl, add both the flours and salt and combine with little amounts of water to form a dough, very similar to that of parathas or rotis. With reference to any other type of breads, like sourdough or general whole wheat bread, this dough would be firmer and more manageable. In the end, to avoid any remnant stickiness, add a tspn of oil and knead again for 10-20 seconds. Leave it to rest for atleast 10 min.
– To a flat pan on the stove, add a tspn of ghee. Meanwhile (or beforehand), make the polis by stuffing the date-pistachio mixture in the small balls made from the dough, flattening them out with a rolling pin and roasting them with a tspn more of ghee. (I used a mixture of ghee and olive oil for the whole process of roasting, but you could use just ghee as well)
– Serve hot with a drizzle of wild organic honey.