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Kadalapparippu Boli/ Poli

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Boli is a sweet snack common in South India. While it is known as Boli in Kerala, it is also called Poli, Holige, Obbattu etc in various states of South India. Though I love Boli, I prepare them very rarely as my boys aren’t particularly fond of it.
Last month, a journalist friend of ours contacted me to contribute a few recipes for the Ganesha Festival special edition of Just For Women (JFW) magazine. Boli was one of the dishes she wanted. You can find the article here.
I follow the recipe by Mrs K.M Mathew.

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Kadalapparippu Boli/ Poli
Course Desserts
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
number
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Covering
Course Desserts
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
number
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Covering
Instructions
  1. Cook the gram with adequate water, till soft.
  2. Drain the water.
  3. Transfer the gram to a pan.
  4. Tip in the sugar and ghee.
  5. Cook the mixture on low heat, stirring continuously, till it becomes thick.
  6. To check the consistency, lift a bit of the mixture in a spoon. If the mixture falls into the pan as small lumps, it's perfect.
  7. Add the cardamom and nutmeg powder and mix well.
  8. Switch off heat.
  9. If you still spot the gram as whole, run the mixture in a blender to make a smooth paste. Do this before the mixture turns cold.
  10. Form small balls off this mixture and keep aside. (approximately 14 balls)
  11. Take the flour, salt, turmeric powder in a bowl.
  12. Add enough water to form a dough.
  13. Now add half of the oil and knead the dough well.
  14. Pour the remaining oil and keep covered for at least 30 minutes.
  15. The dough will absorb the oil.
  16. Knead the dough again. You will get a really smooth and soft dough.
  17. Divide the dough into equal portions as the filling.
  18. Take a ball and flatten it.
  19. Keep the ball of filling and cover the mixture.
  20. Roll out thin Bolis.
  21. Make sure NOT to apply too much force and they are very soft and may tear easily.
  22. Continue the process with the remaining dough.
  23. Heat a pan.
  24. When moderately hot, place the Boli and cook on medium-low heat.
  25. As soon as light brown spots appear, flip and cook the other side.
  26. Apply a light coating of clarified butter on both sides.
  27. Transfer to an airtight container.
  28. These Bolis stay up to 2 days.
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