Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ellu poli - Sesame flat bread

A very happy new year to all my readers. I am starting this year with a sweet flatbread, as part of the Blogging Marathon. We usually make poli (sweet flatbread) with chana dal filling or coconut filling during festivals. I was planning to make one of those today, but a conversation about sesame laddus that I had with a friend prompted me to try my hand at a new filling. I find that the jaggery that I buy in the Indian stores here is quite hard and not very easy to grate or powder.  So I've used brown sugar instead of jaggery, which is what I had originally intended to use. By the way, I'd be grateful if anyone could share tips on how to grate or powder hard jaggery.

What you need:
For the outer covering:
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt - a pinch
Oil - 3 tsp. + 1 tbsp.

Take whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and 3 tsp of oil. Mix well with the tips of your fingers. Add water, a little at a time and knead into a soft, loose dough. Add the remaining tbsp. of oil and coat the dough well with it. Cover and set aside for at least an hour.

For the stuffing:
Sesame seeds - 1/2 cup (I used black)
Sweetened coconut flakes - 1/4 cup (optional)
Brown sugar - 2 tbsp. (adjust according to taste. Increase the quantity if you are not using sweetened coconut flakes)
Cardamom - 1 pod

Dry roast the sesame seeds over a low flame until a nice, nutty aroma comes out. Take care not to burn the seeds. Once cool, grind it in a mixie along with the cardamom pod to a powder. Add in the coconut flakes and brown sugar and grind everything to a smooth powder.

To make polis:
Pinch out a lemon sized ball of dough. Oil a ziploc bag and with your hands, pat the dough into a thick circle. Place a spoonful of the filling inside and close the edges to form a ball. Pat again with oiled hands into a circle, pressing with the tips of your fingers to make the circle bigger.
Heat a tawa. Fry the poli, adding ghee on both sides and flipping over until brown spots appear on both sides.
Serve with ghee on top.
Do check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 84.


Srivalli said...

I love this Ellu Poli Jay, makes a wonderful change from the regular ones..

Padmajha PJ said...

Love sesame seeds and I am sure this one would have tasted great. I will be making this one soon.

Priya Suresh said...

Super like, ellu poli is my all time favourite. You are tempting me very much with your polis.

Usha Rao said...

Sesame seeds poli looks like a common preparation during Sankranti. It is totally new to me. Looks delicious.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I love the flavor of black sesame seeds. Looks wonderful and perfect for the festive season!

Chef Mireille said...

delicious filling 0 must be so delicious

Pavani N said...

Those poli look great Jayashree. I think microwaving the jaggery might soften it a little bit.

Nisha Ramesh said...

I recently made this for Sankaranti and loved it. Sesame poli is an interesting recipe.

Nisha Ramesh said...

I recently made this for Sankaranti and loved it. Sesame poli is an interesting recipe.