I make these gul polya every January during the sankrant festival. After making tilachya mau wadya or soft sesame fudge, I make these gul/jaggery roti/polya. They can be made using poppy seeds also, but I make them using roasted sesame seeds. As promised I am trying to include a pictorial with such traditional recipes, but I do miss a step here and there, so will be careful and plan on perfecting my work. The title is moving back to roots, as this is already on my blog, but I was very new to blogging then and had no clue about how to take pictures and posting ethics and even using good props/blogware as it is called now. I have invested in a few dishes and pans to make the dish look as appetizing as it's taste. Store coupons like Kohls and JC Penny have helped me much in that.
Gul Poli is a very traditional recipes and require a lot of prep work. The actual working time is very less and the end result is very satisfying. I make it only once a year. Since this year started with a doctors note to eat low fat and cut down on sweets, I was skeptical on making any goodies bang after I got the note in mail. But Mr. Ash who loves these advised me instead of going down on the supply completely, to reduce it and not cutting it off completely. In short to make them last only for one meal, instead of storing them for a week. Yes, he is a Sales Guy and often I am explained the terms in this language. Thanks much for understanding my State.
Now without much ranting, I will move ahead to the recipe. There are tons of recipes and ways of making these, but I feel comfortable doing it this way and have tweaked 2-3 recipes to suit my need, so this is a keeper for me. The amount of sweetness and stickiness is always an issue with the jaggery/gul I get here in NJ, so I have started making the fudge or wadi first to see how the Gul will act then proceed to make these Roti/poli.
You will Need;
Makes 16 Polya
For the cover;
4 cups Whole wheat flour
4 tbspn Fine sooji
1/2 cup oil-- smoking hotttt
Salt and little water to knead a hard dough
For the stuffing;
1/2 cup Besan or Gram Flour
1/4 cup oil
3 cups Gul or Jaggery preferably mashed
1 cup roasted sesame seeds/poppy seeds powder
Milk if needed
For cover;In a pan, heat the oil, till it smokes, Add it to the flour and sooji mixture, add the salt and water and knead into a hard dough. Keep it covered for 2 hours.
In a pan on low heat, heat the oil and roast the gram flour till it turns slight brown. Cool the mixture. When at room temperature add the mashed gul and dry sesame powder and elaichi and mix well, try to remove all lumps. Add the milk, only if needed and knead into a soft dough.
Now that u have both the the cover and stuffing ready, it time to roll the roti's.
Divide the cover into 16 smaller balls and the stuffing into 16 equal parts. Now like you would make stuffed parathas, make a round bowl of the cover and stuff the stuffing and bring the ends together of the cover and roll out the roti. Using flour, roll it to nearly 7-8 inches in diameter. Heat the frying pan and roast the gulpoli on the frying pan on both sides till it turns brownish. Serve hot with ghee or eat crispy gulpoli after 4-5 hours. To store, cool completely and store in a air tight box.
Pictorial is as follows;
Mix the Besan and oil and roast till the color changes
Mix the sesame powder+jaggery+elaichi powder with the room temperature roasted besan oil mixture
Knead the cover ingredients and make small balls
Enjoy these gul poli with a dallop of ghee.
Making these every year has been a tradition for the last 9 years in Ashland and one that I want my kids to grow up with. I am sending these to Kavi's Kid Delight event.and
Gayathri's event, Walk Through the Memory Lane.
Also sending this to Radhika's Lets cook-Sweet event.
Also sending this ti the Cooking With Whole foods event -Sesame Seeds