Suruttai poli, a traditional sweet preparation of South India, was chosen by Srivalli as the recipe for Indian Cooking Challenge for the month of February, 2011. This recipe is suggested by Nithya of 4th sense cooking, who stated her mother’s traditional, tried & tested recipe.
I had never heard about this dish so it was a real challenge to attempt. When I searched the net for pictures, I came across Pavithra's recipe on how the final dish will look.
Suruttai means rolled up and poli, generally refers to the sweet poli. It somehow resembled patisapta (a traditional sweet / savoury preparation in Bengali), stuffed with fillings of khoya & kheer / grated coconut, mixed with jaggery and rolled tightly.
Here the outer covering should be thin, like a papad. It came out nicely and everyone enjoyed this delicious sweet treat. The only addition I made, I added some raisins in the filling mixture….
- Roasted gram: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Cashews, chopped: 3-4 tbsp
- Raisins: 3-4 tbsp
- Cardamom powder: 1 tsp
- Coconut, grated: 2 tbsp
- Ghee: 1 tsp
- All purpose flour: 1 cup
- Salt, a pinch
- Water, to knead dough
- Oil, for frying polis
- Sugar, powdered: ½ cup
- Cashews, chopped: 5-6
- Raisins: 10-12
Method for filling:
- Dry roast the gram and powder the roasted gram and sugar together in a mixer.
- Heat ghee and roast the chopped cashew, add grated coconut and sauté them till golden brown. mix well.
- Add the powdered gram & sugar mixture, mix thoroughly by stirring continuously and switch off flame. Pour the mixture in a bowl and keep aside.
Method to prepare dough for Polis:
- Sift flour and salt in a bowl, add a little water and knead to prepare a soft dough (like chaapati consistency). Ccover and set it aside for 10-15 mins.
- Powder sugar, sprinkle on a plate and keep aside.
- Make small balls from the dough, flour the rolling surface and roll the dough into very thin circles. (like papad consistency) (You can prick the rolled dough with fork on the surface to prevent them from puffing while frying). After rolling, keep aside for 10 mins.
- Heat oil in a kadhai. Gently release the rolled dough in the oil. Turn and lightly fry on both sides and ensure that it do not change colour (It should be flexible and should not turn brown or crispy).
- Drain oil and place the fried poli on the plate, coated with the powdered sugar. Carefully and immediately add 2-3 spoon fulls of filling on one side and roll tightly to form suruttai poli.
- Keep aside face down in a flat surface. (The polis should be soft when hot but once they cool down they will become crispy).
- Repeat with all the dough balls and prepare a whole batch of suruttai poli.
For serving, arrange the polis on a serving plate. Sprinkle some powdered sugar, garnish with cashews and raisins and serve.