There are a few dishes in a cuisine which define the very existence of a cuisine or the region. It doesn’t matter what ingredients go into the making of it but the sheer obeisance that is shown towards it. It is prepared and made with love. One of the most shining examples in both Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisines is Puran Poli. A slight variation of this is also made in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Puran Poli is a flat bread which is stuffed with a mixture called puran made of chana dal, jaggery or sugar, cardamom powder and/or nutmeg powder. The mixture is filled inside a dough ball made of plain flour or refined flour. It is then rolled lightly and cook it like a parantha with a generous helping of ghee.
Gujarat: Here, toor dal is mainly used instead of chana dal. Also, mostly sugar instead of jaggery is used.
Konkan: Konkani style puran poli is made using a combination of both toor dal and chana dal. Also, grated coconut is used in the stuffing mixture.
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu: It is popularly known as Obbattu and Holige. The stuffing is made of either tuvar dal or chana dal, jaggery and grated coconut. The dough is made up of refined flour or maida. Another version in Tamil Nadu uses brown sugar instead of plain sugar or jaggery.
Like the many varieties of Puran Poli, the serving methods also differ. It can either be had all by itself or eaten with a light potato curry. If you are salivating already over this delectable delicacy, you have just the list of outlets for you.
This place is an institution in itself. They have been serving authentic Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine for many many years now. Save some space in your tummy to have their Chetana Maharastrian Thali and their Sunday and Holiday All Special Thali that comes with an extra sweet. Do you need any more reason not to check this place out?
This is the place to head to for authentic Maharashtrian fare. The puran poli is totally delectable.
This place has a wide variety of Maharashtrian dishes. Along with the Puran Poli, Sheera, Kothimbir Wadi, Thalipeeth and Alu Wadi are highly recommended.
Puran Poli is a classic example of how coming together of some seemingly simple ingredients can create something magical. The almost cult-like following of this sweet dish can only be believed after tasting a morsel.
Go on. Indulge!