Puran Poli | Hoorna Holige (Obbattu)

Posted on April 1st, 2009

Puran Poli is a Maharashtrian dessert. Polis are like chapatis (Indian bread) with the puran (sweet prepared with lentils) stuffed in it. It is known as Hoorna holige in Kannada. It is customary that we prepare Poli/Holige during Ugadi/Gudi padwa. My mom is an expert in preparing puran poli. Am yet to learn it from her :D Am posting my mom’s specialty Puran poli/Holige recipe.

Puran Poli / Hoorna Holige

Puran Poli / Hoorna Holige

Puran Poli / Holige with Ghee and Milk

Puran Poli / Holige with Ghee and Milk


Maidha: 1.5 cups
Kadalai paruppu (Bengal gram): 3/4 cup
Jaggery: 1 cup
Elachi (Cardamom) powder: 1/4 tsp
Jathikai (nutmeg) powder: 1/4 tsp
Rice flour: 1/4 cup
Oil : 1/4 cup (To mix the dough and roasting the polis)

Preparation Method:

  • Mix maidha, water and oil to make a dough (just like we do for chappatis)
  • Use the oil generously while preparing the dough to get soft polis.
  • Leave the dough untouched for about 2-3 hours.
  • Meanwhile prepare the puran.
    • Puran/Hoorna Preparation Method:
    • Cook the kadalai paruppu in pressure cooker.
    • Allow it to cool and drain the water completely.
    • Smash the cooked dal in the mixer without adding water.
    • Mix the smashed dal and jaggery in a pan.
    • Add the elachi and nutmeg powder to this mixture.
    • Heat the mixture (The puran should not be watery).
    • Note that the puran should not become very hard.
    • Remove the mixture from the stove when it is in the semi-solid state.
    • We should able to make small balls without the puran sticking to our hand.
  • Make small balls out of the maidha dough.
  • Press it in your palm and flatten it or make it as a cup.
  • Make small ball out of the puran that we had prepared.
  • Place the puran/hoorna in the flattened maidha dough and close it.
  • While stuffing the puran, seal it completely.
  • The puran placed within the maidha should not be visible.
  • Dredge the maidha puran ball in rice flour.
  • Now roll it like chappatis.
  • Fry it on a tawa applying ghee on both the sides.
  • Serve the Poli with Ghee and milk.

Poli can be served warm or cold. Some prefer to have it with ghee and milk. I usually have Polis with ghee alone. Either way it tastes yummy.


While preparing puran/hoorna we can little ghee to the dal jaggery mixture.

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11 Responses to “Puran Poli | Hoorna Holige (Obbattu)”

  1. Priya Sriram Says:

    Looks perfect and delicious Anu! Good job!:)


  2. Padma Says:

    Hi Anu,

    Your version of obbattu looks very yummy…
    Nice blog ..loved your quilling work too :)


  3. EC Says:

    Am seeing a lot of puran poli recipes since a week and thats tempting me to make some for myself…


  4. Varunavi Says:

    Nice addition of nutmeg powder.Looks yummy


  5. AnuSriram Says:

    Looks inviting! Delicious polis. Yummmm..


  6. Alamelu Says:

    Nice post. Mom made hoLiges are an anytime wonderful treats. They look great :-) . Ur blog is a nice read too…
    BTW, thanx for stopping by at my blog. Keep visiting.


  7. Arjun Says:

    Wow !! Nice poli… and Congrats on your new PR from Google… I was looking at the site today to see what’s new and suddenly the Google Toolbar showed Green. Keep up the good work.


  8. Anu Says:

    Glad that you all like the Poli/Holige.

    Arjun, thanks for letting me know about the google PR update.


  9. indu Says:

    Good posting about poli, very interesting and good presentation.
    Please check out my blog and share your comments to improve.


  10. Sharmishtha Says:

    Nice pics and recipe. Puranpoli is an essential food item in Shravan and Ganapati festival.
    Thanks for sharing useful info.


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