Puran Poli – Sweet Flatbread

May 3rd, 2011 filed under Breads, Snacks, Vegan
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Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread with a sweet lentil filling. This is a popular bread in states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Puran poli is a wonderful breakfast dish, and can also be served as snack.

Makes 10 Puran Poli


  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ¼ cup all purpose/plain flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Approximately 1/3 cup  water


  • ¾ cup toor dal (arhar dal)(available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder (eliachi)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (jaiphal)

Also Needed

  • Approximately 3 tablespoons oil
  • Approximately ½ cup of dry whole wheat to roll the bread



  1. Wash and soak the toor dal in two cups of water for at least four hours. Dal will double in volume after soaking. Discard any
    remaining water.
  2. Add toor dal and turmeric to two cups of water and cook in a heavy pan over medium high heat. When dal boils, remove the yellow
    foam from the top. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan.
  3. Let it cook for 25 minutes, adding more water if needed. Dal should be very soft and mushy.
  4. Add sugar and cook until the dal looks like paste and start to hold together. Add cardamom and nutmeg powder and mix well. The
    dal filling will be very soft and sticky.


  1. In a bowl, mix whole-wheat flour, all purpose flour, and oil; add water slowly to make very soft dough. The dough should not stick
    to your fingers. Cover the dough and set it aside. Let it rest at least ten minutes.

Making Puran Poli

  1. Divide both the dough and the dal filling into ten equal parts. The parts of dal filling should be about 2½ times that of the dough balls.
  2. Roll the dough balls into 2½”-diameter circles. Place one part of the filling in the center of each. Seal by pulling the edges of the rolled dough together to make a ball. Proceed to make all ten balls. Let the filled balls settle three to four minutes.
  3. Heat the skillet on medium high heat. To test, sprinkle a couple of drops of water on the skillet. The water should sizzle right away.
  4. Press the filled ball, lightly on both sides on a surface covered with dry whole wheat flour.
  5. Lay the balls on the sealed side up and lightly press into circles about 2” in diameter. Roll the balls gently into 5” circles. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly sprinkle dry whole wheat flour on both sides of the semi-rolled puran poli.
  6. Place the puran poli in the skillet. When start to change color, flip it over. You will notice some golden-brown spots.
  7. After a few seconds, spread one teaspoon of oil on the puran poli. Flip them again and lightly press the puffed areas with a spatula. Flip
    again and press with the spatula making sure the puran poli are golden-brown on both sides.
  8. Repeat same process for the remaining.
  9. Puran poli is ready to be served and it tastes best when eaten hot.


1.     When cooking the dal, use a large pot to prevent it from boiling over, as this can happen very easily.

2.     Cooked Puran Poli can be stored for a week in the refrigerator.  Re-heat over a skillet or in the toaster oven.

Puran Poli can also be prepared using Chana dal, however, it has to cook for a slightly longer time.   

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37 Responses to “Puran Poli – Sweet Flatbread”

  1. Dimple says:

    Hi Aunty,

    I made Puran poli’s for the first time and they turned out . All thanks to you. But I wanted to ask is it possible to store the mixture and then use it later. Coz I dont have time to use the whole mixture .

  2. Rajamani says:

    Aunty, This is really awesome. I tried that too and blogged. You rock !


  3. Vidisha Singh says:

    Hello Mam,

    Just wanted to know which puran is better, one made of chana dal or one made of arhar dal. I have tried Chana puran and found that to be good… Don’t know about Arhaar one..


  4. Ruchira Chowdhary says:

    Hello mam. I love ur recipes, I wanted to know if there are reciepe books available I would love to buy them, as I’m gettin married into a family where no onion and garlic is allowed. So please do let me know. Thank you

  5. Ranjana says:

    I checked few recepies and looks great….!!

    I showed the videos to my house help and he enjoyed learning them. It made the recepies simple and you get to know few basic techniques of good cooking.

    The best part is ..it is pure vegeterian. I am also from a Jain family who don’t eat Onion and Garlic.

  6. Neha Modi says:

    Hi…I tried Puran Poli…and my husband loved it…the only difference was I used pressure cooker. Also my puran was not very dry to make balls so I kept it in freezer for 10 mins…and everythg went perfect….Thanks Aunty..Love your recipes!!!

  7. saranya says:

    Hi aunty,
    I am in Netherlands mam and tried ur reciepes like Puranpoli, chana masala ,carrot halwa and gulgula.Really superb mam and my husband liked those.

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