Hot piping, or cold…you can have them any way you like. Usually this dish is associated with grandmothers, family times, festivals – a time of joy. Meet the puran poli, a sweet roti. A dish warm enough to lift your spirits, and is offered as naivedyam (Prasad) to the Divine Mother.
Guide to make soft puran polis:
- Amaranth (Rajgira) flour – 1 cup
- Clarified butter (Ghee) – 3 tbsp
- Water – ½ cup or as per requirement
- Figs – 8 pieces
- Black Dates – 10 pieces
- Cardamom – ½ tsp
- Mix the flour with 3 tbsp clarified butter and water and knead into dough.
- Chop the figs and mash the dates. Mix both and set aside.
- Roll the dough into thin chappatis(unleavened flatbread).
- Spread a thin layer of dates on one chappatiand cover it with another chappati. Press the corners.
- In a pan, dry roast the chappati from both sides. Add a little ghee and roast both the sides again until it turns golden brown.
- Cut into pieces and serve.
Protip: Rajgira flour, also called Amarnath flour is a commonly used ingredient during Navratri fasting. It is an easy to digest grain that is rich in antioxidants, calcium, iron, magnesium and many other essential nutrients. Rajgira flour can be used to substitute wheat flour during the nine days of Navratri.