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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wheat Flour Polis with Carrot - Almond Stuffing & Wheat - Lentil Stew

 
Carrot-Almond Polis with Mango Chitrannam in the background

I grew up in a household where every festive meal ended with soft, flaky and utterly delicious polis. My mother would go the extra mile even though she would serve us a platter full of mouthwatering dishes prepared single handedly, on each and every festival. No surprise, we kids were more interested in her food than the religious part. :)
Reminiscing my mother's polis, I prepared some a few days back with a few changes. I substituted wheat flour for the maida and used the carrot - almond halwa for the stuffing. They were delectable and remained softer till they were finished. They could be refrigerated for at least a week.

Ingredients: (for about 10 polis)
2 cups atta / wheat flour
1 cup minus 2 Tbsp milk (or as needed to form a firm dough)
2 tsp oil
& carrot - almond filling (Find the recipe here. Note to add a few more Tbsp of sugar when using as stuffing.)

Method:
* Combine the flour and oil in a mixing bowl. Gradually add milk and form firm dough. Let rest for at least an hour.
* Pinch out a lime sized portion of the dough and roll into a circle of about 4 inches diameter. Place about 2 -3 Tbsp carrot almond filling in the center. Bring the ends of the rolled disc together and cover the filling. Roll it carefully into a thin circle taking care that the stuffing does not spill out.
* Heat a tawa (Indian style iron griddle) or a shallow pan. Place the rolled poli and toast it until it turns golden brown both sides, using a tsp of ghee / oil.







Here is the hot, steaming Poli :)





Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough and the stuffing.



These polis were really thinner though they seem the opposite in the close up shot. :)

Here is one more wheat dish though I could not post all the entries as planned, for my Cooking with Seeds - Wheat event.  

Wheat - Lentil Stew



Here is a wholesome, healthy, filling one pot meal.

Ingredients for 2 - 3 servings:
1/2 cup wheat berries (soaked for at least 24 hours)
1 cup lentils (masoor dal)
1 cup chopped veggies (beans, carrot, potato)
Salt to taste
Chili powder to taste
1/4 tsp garam masala / coriander powder / cumin powder
Lemon juice

Method:
Cook the wheat berries, masoor dal and vegetables either in a pressure cooker or stove top till the wheat berries turn tender.
Add salt, chili powder and any spice powder if using. Mix well and simmer for a couple of minutes more.
Squeeze some lemon juice while serving.

They both go to my Cooking with Seeds - Wheat, an event originally started by Priya Suresh.

Comment

16 comments:

Archana Vivek said...

Beautiful blog. I loved your recipes and the current event. I also happy to know that we are going to be in the same group for Srivalli's 7 day cooking marathon

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Yummy and delicious recipes dear,luks very nice...

Now Serving said...

WOW WOW WOW, This is a brilliant creation- love the novelty of carrots and almonds in poli - fantastic dear :) Rock on!

harini-jaya said...

I always make Polis with wheat flour as opposed to my mom. She uses the fine sooji.
Thanks for the idea of using wheat berries for the stew..These days soups and stews are getting popular at home :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow superb idea and delicious recipes !! Loved the clicks so tempting !!

Hari Chandana said...

Nice and lovely recipes.. looks really good.. thanks for sharing !!

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Nisha said...

I like the variation in Poli

Priya said...

Poli and stew, both looks marvellous Suma..cant wait to try ur carrot polis..

kaveri said...

Carrot Almond Polis are mouthwatering..Very innovative...

SouthindianHome said...

Nice recipe and wonderful clicks

R said...

awesome recipes, luv the clicks too!

Deepti said...

Loved those carrot halwa filling...Looks Yummy...

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Prathima Rao said...

Hey suma....These dishes look tooo...delicious!!! Glad i stopped by ur space & glad to follow u...Keep rocking!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kadhyaa... said...

thats a lovely combo...nice step by step instruction

TheGourmetCoffeeGuy said...

Your Wheat Lentil Stew recipe sounds excellent. We cook lentils frequently, including stews and soups. We have not used wheat berries and garam masala. Will try these ingredients with lentils next time. Quite sure they will be delicious. Thank for your the post and the tips.

veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!what a combo