Thengai Poli is a flat bread usually prepared for the first day of Pongal – Bhogi. Pongal is a festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu to mark the harvest season. It’s a 3-day celebration and celebrated to Thank mother Earth. I have earlier shared a recipe to make Parrapu Poli in my blog. This is another variation and mainly prepared with coconut and jaggery with a hint of cardamom. It is also known as Puran Poli, holige or Obbattu. Festivals bring positive vibes to our homes as we decorate our house, prepare delicious goodies, buy new clothes, light up diyas and incense sticks. Pongal is more special to me as I met Shiva for the first time in Coimbatore during Pongal festival. Six years have flown by since I have met, married him and each day has passed as a blessing…
Watch this quick video to make these delicious Coconut Puran Poli.
I’m again travelling to Coimbatore tomorrow for the pongal holidays and going to relive each moment with Shiva. Isn’t it fun to remember the old days when you were newly in love and so lost in each other 🙂 … So, I’m sharing the recipe for Thengai Poli and wish you all a very Happy Pongal and Sankranti <3
- Maida/All purpose floor - 1 cup
- Vegetable Oil - 2 tbsp
- Salt - a pinch
- Turmeric Powder - ¼ tsp
- Powdered Jaggery - 1 cup
- Freshly grated Coconut - 1 Cup
- Cardamom - 2 (powdered)
- Ghee/Clarified butter - 1 tsp
- Add all purpose flour, salt and turmeric powder in a mixing bowl. Start kneading the dough by adding required water to make a soft dough. Add 1 tbsp oil and knead again. Now add 1 tbsp oil, knead and keep it covered for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into equal size balls.
- Heat a pan and add jaggery and 2-3 spoons of water. When the jaggery melts, add coconut and mix well. When it starts thickening, add cardamom powder, 1 tsp ghee and mix. Remove from the flame.
- Once it cools down, take a portion of the stuffing and make lemon size balls.
- Now take a portion of the dough and flatten it with oil greased hands.
- Keep the poornam ball which we prepared earlier and close it. Flatten it again softly and keep it ready.
- Heat a griddle/tawa and slowly transfer the flattened poli onto it. Cook it on low flame till golden brown on both sides.
- Remove from the griddle and serve it hot. You can smear some ghee over it before serving.