Happy New Year !!!
Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous New Year with a diet friendly virtual treat. In my 100 days of diet friendly series, posting my grilled version of puran poli with a healthy twist. I have included grated beetroot along with channa dal and used damerera sugar to make it more healthy. The soaked channa dal is cooked, made into paste and further cooked along with the grated beetroot with an addition of damerera sugar to get a delicious stuffing for the poli. The prepared sweet balls is stuffed in a wheat flour dough, flatted and grilled to get a guilt free sweet.
Here is a complete healthy and guilt free sweet to kick start the first day of the year...
1 1/2 Cup Wheat Flour
Salt to taste
Water, as required to knead
1/2 Cup Channa dal / Kadalai parupu
1 Beetroot, grated ( Medium size )
1/2 Cup Damerara sugar ( Minimal sweet taste )
A pinch of Elachi powder
Little butter to brush on top of poli
For outer covering :
Add wheat flour along with salt in a large bowl.
Add water little by little and prepare a soft dough.
Cover and keep it aside for about half an hour.
For stuffing :
Soak channa for about 1 1/2 hrs and drain the water.
Cook the soaked dal till it turns soft.
Drain the water and grind the dal into paste without adding water.
Heat pan and add the grated beetroot followed by elachi powder and damerera sugar.
Saute till the beetroot turns soft and sugar starts melting in a low flame.
Add the channa paste at this stage, mix well and cook for a minute.
Remove from the flame and cool it completely.
Divide the channa dal mixture into 8 equal sized balls and keep aside.
Meanwhile, divide the wheat flour dough into 8 equal sized balls. ( Wheat flour balls should be bigger than the channa dal balls )
Take one wheat ball and roll it into small circle using rolling pin.
Place one beetroot - channa dal ball and seal it completely by pulling the sides to center. ( similar to aloo paratha ).
Flatten it gently using rolling pin by dusting wheat flour.
Place the filled and rolled poli on a greased baking tray ( I have used baking sheet instead of greasing it ).
Grill it for 5 minutes on one side ( the poli puffs up at this stage ) and flip the other side.
Grill it for another couple of minutes and remove from the oven.
Brush it lightly with less butter to enhance the flavor.
Once done, remove from the oven and repeat the process for the remaining dough.