Friday, January 15, 2010

Gud Poli - Jaggery, Poppy Seeds, Sesame stuffed between Flat Breads

Dear Readers,

Wishing you all a very Happy Makarsankranti and Pongal. Last year when I was in Switzerland I missed most of the festivals back home; I remember how my sister used to make me jealous on phone by describing how much fun they had celebrating all the festivals :-( Kite Flying is very popular festival in India, especially in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jaipur and Hyderabad. Kite flying usually starts a month before the actual festival. On the day of Makar Sankranti the entire sky is filled with colorful kites and you can see everyone on top of their building roofs and having a blast! I remember few years back, during makar sankranti we visited my aunt's place where we spent the whole day flying kites and lanterns. We even made a BIG kite using several kites together joining their threads and finally attaching a lantern to it. It was a beautiful sight especially as we flew the kite in the night. I wish I had my camera with me to capture the brilliant shinning star!!

Gud Poli,Maharashtrian,Vegetarian,Makarsankranti

Makar Sankranti is celebrated in all parts of the country with great devotion. On this day tilgud laddoos made of sesame seeds and jaggery and are given as token of love and appreciation. A very famous saying in marathi is "Til-gud ghya, god god bola" meaning accept these tilguds and speak sweet words. Another famous dish which is prepared on this day is Gud Poli. Gud Poli's are prepared for lunch on Makar Sankranti. Grated jaggery, roasted poppy seeds and sesame seeds mixture is stuffed between two flat breads. The recipe is very  popular among kids and is perfect way to celebrate sankranti.

Gud Poli,Maharashtrian,Vegetarian,Makarsankranti
                       Cashewnuts, Roasted Sesame seeds, Cardamon seeds, Roasted Poppy seeds

Recipe Source: My dear friend Vrushali
Gud Poli: Recipe yields 6-7 polis
Ingredients for Stuffing:
1 cup grated jaggery (Adjust as per taste)
3 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
8-10 cashewnuts
seeds from 3 cardamon pods
1 tbsp roasted gram flour
1 tbsp warm sesame oil

Ingredients for Flat Bread dough:
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
3/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)
2 tbsp gram flour
1 tbsp warm sesame oil
water as required

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Procedure:-

  • Roast the sesame and poppy seeds on a pan until light brown, keep them aside.
  • In the same pan roast the gram flour for about 2 mins.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a mixer and pulse until well blended.
  • You should be able to form a medium consistency dough. You dont need to add any liquid as grated jaggery will become quite soft and mouldable.Grease your hands with oil/ghee and make small balls of stuffing and keep them aside.
  • For outer cover, mix everything together in a bowl. Slowly add little water and make a firm dough. The dough should not be too soft but more on a firmer side.
  • Make 14 equal sized balls from the dough.
  • On a floured surface, roll the ball to 3 inch diameter circle. Flatten the stuffing with your hands and place on top of the rolled dough. Roll another dough ball to similar size and place it on the stuffing.
  • Using very little water pinch in the sides of the dough to join them firmly.
  • Now very carefully and lightly roll the dough to spread the stuffing evenly.
  • Cook these polis in a non stick pan on slow heat, applying ghee/clarified butter on both the sides while cooking. 
  • Similarly make rest of the gud polis.
  • Make sure you have pinched both the ends properly or else the jaggery may ooze out during cooking which can  get quite messy!
  • Serve gud polis warm.

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Verdict: I am not a huge fan of sweet polis/flatbreads but these were insanely tasty and i just couldnt stop eating them. I took few to office and my colleagues went crazy over these; they literally..I mean literally fought for these! I am planning to make these again this week for my family and I am sure everyone will enjoy these delicious sweet polis! I would urge you all to try these polis once TRUST ME you'll love it !!!

Gud Poli is off to Cooking with Sesame seeds event hosted by Priya


70 comments:

  1. Tempting polis....luv this...ur pics make me drooling here!

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  2. Happy Pongal Parita:) The Poli's look simply yummy...

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  3. Parita - These polis do look insanely good! I'm glad you enjoyed the festival and the kites this year! Now, I'm jealous here!

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  4. Happy Pongal. I see you had a great time eating those polis. I love that unique stuffing of sesame seeds etc, looks delicious. Enjoy.

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  5. Wish you and your family A very happy Makarsankranti...made "til gud", yet to be posted for this auspicious day..gud poli..is another awesome dish..looks too good.

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  6. Wow.. Nice dish and a nice post too :) I just wish you had the camera to show me the fun that you had with kites. :) I have never seen one such event. :(

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  7. Poli looks very gud.. awesome....

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  8. Wow!! Delicious Way to start the Festival....I wish and Hope U Had a Nice and a Memorable Sankrathi...


    Poli's are inviting n nice explanation as well...

    Great Entry...

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  9. Never had those beauties. They do look intriguing and delicious, esp. the filling!

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  10. Hi Parita, these look very good. Sure I am making them soon.

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  11. I love this..I had them by dozens..happy sankrant to u and ur family

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  12. Happy Sankranti Parita!! Gud Poli looks fantastic!! Wonderful clicks..My mom makes these every Sankranti!! love them alot!!

    Renuka
    http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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  13. WOWWWWWW...this is my favorite sweet. Your poli looks so perfect, nice and yummy!!

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  14. That's great that your able to spend the festivities with you family this time around. I always love learning about the dishes served during different cultural celebrations. Looks really good.

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  15. Perfect and delicious looking poli with a nice click.

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  16. Delicious poli..thanks for sending to CWS Parita..Happy Sankranthi wishes to u & ur family..

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  17. hi parita
    delectable poli..goes really well with kadhi

    cheers

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  18. Parita, this takes me right back to my childhood. Growing up my aunt would deliberately cut a small piece of the dough and fill it with sugar to make a sugar roti for me.... oh gosh, I want to taste one right now!

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  19. The filling sounds very interesting! Happy Sakkranti!

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  20. These look delicious.Will definately give them a try.

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  21. awesome polis. look so yum!! HAPPY PONGAL :)

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  22. never tried this stuffing..looks delicious...

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  23. Happy Sankrant Parita ! Ive been eyeing this recipe for the last 2 days and youve decided it for me ! This weekend for sure :)

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  24. The stuffing sounds yummy, Parita..poli looks wonderful...you are not living in Switzerland, anymore? Then, where?

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  25. Oh, sorry..happy sankranti/pongal to you & your family

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  26. Happy Makara Sankranthi Parita. Poli looks perfect and yumm and nice filling.

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  27. Gul-poli looks so delicious, Parita! Perfectly done! Looks like you have mastered the art of using store-bought jaggery here, I need to get some pointers from you then :) Happy sankranti to you and your family too!

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  28. Exquisite polis! Nice photos!
    Happy sankranthi Parita!

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  29. Very tempting,Parita!Best wishes to you and your family on Pongal..Slightly Belated though:)

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  30. Hi Parita...seems that u had a great time with your family celebrating this festival...Havent made this gud poli yet but would def love to taste it...looks good as usual and lovely pictures too...

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  31. Happy Pongal dear....your poli looks tasty and perfect :) I too used to love the kite festival when we were in Hyderabad...I miss those days!

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  32. Looks lovely.My mom used to make these earlier... but she does not remember the recipe anymore...so I am glad I found it.

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  33. Parcel me a few please. I have never made them home.

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  34. Love Poli..your stuffing is different..would try it next time :-)

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  35. Hi Parita,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. You have lovely blog, and would love to try your polis soon..looks very tempting..I have tried with coconut and lentils, but this one looks new to me.

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  36. Happy Pongal!Polis looks awesome..Great click..

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  37. Lovely Gul-Poli:)...... Til gul ghya god god bola.....

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  38. Happy Makar Sankranti to you too!! I remember fyling kites in Ahmedabad, it was a whole other thing over there!! That big kite sounds amazing! And I used to LOVE these. Would gobble them up even now. They look yum.

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  39. Happy Makarsankranti and Pongal Parita! I've never had sweet polis, but it looks really incredible!

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  40. Now this is tasty! Great recipe!

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  41. Its totally new to me...love tp try it some time.So you are having a good time there huh...

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  42. Have always thought that making poli is a tedious task. Looks delicious n perfect.

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  43. Wow the polis look wonderful Parita. Feeling like having some of those.

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  44. Hi PArita,am here first of all to thank u for that lovely noor website -really helped,havent been able to find pastry bags and so muc more for awhile and evn getting my hands on good chocolate in a journey i can write a blog abut :-)))
    So am really gratefull so here's a heartfelt thanx a ton...
    And u have a fantastic blog out here-elcious am jus taking a stroll around and loving it...very muc-what took me so so long i wonder.
    Will be here again sooonnnnn!!!!!

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  45. Poli looks yumm..I am craving for some obbattu/bobbatlu after looking at that picture.. :D

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  46. Oh wow.....poli looks extremely yummy....

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  47. hahahaha (fighting for poli)

    I tust you I trust you, these must have tasted great; I enjoyed making polis for the first time (myself)at home and it came out good;
    I did my Pongal in silence, all alone, hihihi; and beleive me, it was not as joyful like in India!!
    we do a different filling; yours look great, must have been nutty and good!! nice recipe!!

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  48. Thats a very new variety of poli for me ,sounds too gud!

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  49. Just. Plain. Wow. Sesame AND poppy seeds, not to mention cardamom and that unique burnished jaggery?

    Happy New Year, Parita!

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  50. I've had puranpoli, but wow these are simply delicious. Love the step by step picture guide.Definitely saving this recipe.

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  51. What a lovely tradition Parita! Thankyou for sharing it with us! :D

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  52. I am not a big fan of polis either, but this looks gorgeous .. haope you had a great festival

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  53. oh boy..those are just killing me..looks soo tempting dear..

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  54. Dear,

    Unique polis:)

    Please check out 'Kitchen Mishaps Event Roundup' at my blog.

    http://www.kitchentantra.com/2010/01/kitchen-mishaps-event-round-up.html

    I appreciate, your comforting words to the participants. I believe, it will greatly boost their energy...who daringly shared their cooking disasters.

    Thank you,
    Malar Gandhi
    www.kitchentantra.com

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  55. Very Tempting polis and are my favorites.

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  56. Parita,
    gur poli lokks so delicious ,wish I can have one of it now ...
    and wish you a very happy new year too..
    hugs and smiles

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  57. HI Paritha, my first time here..The polis look very yummy. I made some for pongal as well, but with chana dal and coconut..And needless to say yours look thinner and prettier :D

    Haven't made polis with sesame seeds, something new fot me..

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  58. Hi Parita, I am in Ahmedabad and this time, we went to the old areas and saw the kite flying, and the tukkals and parachutes at night - it was beautiful ! My neighbour made chikkis with til and groundnuts and they were fab ! It was a wonderful Uttarayan here, for us, this time...

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  59. Dear Parita,
    Please collect your award from my blog.
    Thanks! We might have something in common again:)

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  60. Fantastic!I like puran poli,sesame addition sounds interesting :D

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  61. WOW Parita this is must try recipe. poli looks mouth-drooling, greattt job dear!!

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  62. Beautiful pictures! I am missing these. I never used to like these as I could never eat more than half... but now i don't get them, I crave for it.

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