'Bolis' are my favorite south Indian sweet.Especially the ones that my paati(Thats how I fondly call my grandma) makes..They are uncomparable to anyother bolis.They are soo soft that you could feel them melting in the mouth..I learnt this from her today..She made them painstakingly that u could grope in every bit of it..Mmmmmm they are delicious...
The recipe I have given can approximately makes to 20 bolis..
You will need:
1 cup maida
50 ml gingely oil
1 cup chana dal 'bengal gram' (soaked and bolied)
1 cup jaggery
1/2 cup grated coconut
A pinch of baking soda
salt to taste
Boil 1/2 cup water and add the jaggery.Once it is dissolved remove from fire and strain them.
Boil the soaked chana dal .Add the jaggery syrup and coconut.Keep stirring until it binds together..(you could see the second cup,it must look like this)
Allow to cool and grind them to a paste.This is the puran(the third cup)..
To the maida add the baking soda and a pinch of salt and mix well..Add water to make a soft dough .Add half of the oil and work well in the dough.Allow it to sit for 2 - 3 hours..The dough will then become very strechy..
Make small balls out of it as shown..
Make the puran into lemon sized balls..
Grease your hands with oil..Press the dough ball in the plate with ur fingers ..They will strech out..Place the puran(stuffing) in it and gently pull the edges in the middle covering the puran entirely.
In a greased plastic sheet or cookie sheet ,gently flaten the stuffed ball into a thick circle as shown in the picture..
Heat an iron griddle..place the boli on it.Brush some oil it.Cook till brown spots appear on both sides...
Serve hot with some ghee...
My paati usually serves them hot in teak leaf..And I love eating bolis in this way the most..