Veggie Poli

Posted by Srivalli | Monday, January 18, 2010 | , , , , , | 4 comments »

On Bogi – the first day of Pongal, we prepare many dishes and one important item is Poli. Here is the recipe for veggie poli. It is not only colorful but also healthy with all veggies.

Recipe: Veggie Poli
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Resting time: 5 hrs
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Recipe Source: My own creation
Yields: 6 pieces (as shown in the picture)
Recipe Level: Medium

Recipe by: Viji


For the Dough

Maida/all purpose flour 1 ½ cup (plus for dusting)
Salt a pinch
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Oil 1 tsp

With enough water prepare pliable dough and leave it for 5-6 hours (covered).

Veggie Pooran

Grated carrot, beetroot, cabbage, sweet potato and peas - 3 tbsp each – it will come to 1 cup approximately
Grated khoya/unsweetened gova – 1 cup
Nuts powder (I used only pista powder this time) – 1 tbsp (or besan flour)
Sugar ¾ cup
Elaichi powder ¼ tsp

Ghee 2 tbsp for frying (I used one tbsp only)


For making the
  1. Steam cook the veggies for 3-4 minutes or in MW high for 3-4 minutes with 1 tbsp water.
  2. Mash it little bit. Add rest of the ingredients and MW high for 5-6 minutes till it forms like pooran. Leave it to cool. This is important. The pooran will be able to hold but at the same time dry also.

For making the Poli

  1. Knead the dough well and make small lemon sized balls.
  2. Prepare the pooran in the same way.
  3. Roll each ball into 3 inch diameter circles. Keep the pooran at the center. Cover and roll it into balls again. With the pin roll this ball into 5” dia thin circle. Use maida for dusting. Make sure you don’t have any break. Otherwise the pooran will be exposed. Fry in tava with little ghee on both sides.

Special Notes/Tips:

  • You get khoya/gova in the shop.
  • If not, take 2 tbsp of carnation milk and mix it with 1 cup of full fat milk powder. Freeze for 1 hour. Grate and use it. Quite easy but taste the same.
A colourful nutritious poli for your kids. Will anyone say “No” to this? I can’t say.

Hope you enjoyed this post as usual. We can make our authentic recipes healthier by giving some twists. Let me know your ideas too.

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  1. egglesscooking // 19 January 2010 at 00:14  

    That's a lovely idea Viji Akka. When I saw veggie poli in the calendar I thought you are doing a savory poli with vegetables. I didn't even think that it could be sweet too. Also a very nice tip for preparing khova at home. I have not tried that too. Over all a very interesting post.

  2. meeso // 19 January 2010 at 04:17  

    Wow, that's great! Sweetened veggies? I love this :)

  3. Sharmilee! :) // 19 January 2010 at 09:41  

    Sounds interesting!

  4. Khaugiri // 20 January 2010 at 08:01  

    Healthy one:)