Aug 18, 2009

Kara Poli

This is another dish which I tasted in India during my trip. I have heard my MIL talking about this kara poli from Sri Krishna Sweets, very often. she made this for me once and it was really spicy and yummy. But I forgot to take pictures of that kara poli. I made this one here last week. After having those horrible food in flight, I wanted to eat something super spicy. We thought of going out to some restaurant and have something. But one of my twin fell sick, so we could not go out. So I tried this at home and it was not that super like my MIL, but it was not that bad either:)

  1. Maida/All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
  2. Orange/yellow food color - a pinch
  3. Sesame oil - 2 tbsp (or required amount)
  4. Salt to taste.
For filling:-
  1. Potato - 1
  2. Onion - 1 or 2 (acc to size) (chop it)
  3. Peas - 2 tbsp ( I used frozen peas)
  4. Tomato - 1 (optional) (chop it)
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Red chillies powder - 1 1/2 tsp (acc to taste)
  7. Garam masala Powder - 3/4 tsp (acc to taste)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil - 1 tsp
  10. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  11. urad dhall - 1/2 tsp
When you are planning to make this poli for evening tiffin, just make the maida dough afternoon and keep it aside for couple of hours. Mix maida with required amount of salt and food color and make it as a chapathi dough. Add the sesame oil to the dough and keep it aside. Now cook the potato and mash it. In a pan, add a tsp of oil, splutter mustard seeds and urad dhall and fry it till it becomes golden brown. Now add chopped onion to it and saute till it becomes transparent. Now add peas to it and saute for another few minutes. Now add the mashed potato to it. Add required amount of turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala powder and salt to it and mix everything well. Now sprinkle required amount of water to the ingredients and cook it for another 3 to 5 minutes till everything mixes well. Turn off the stove when all the water is absorbed. Keep it aside and let it cool.
When you are ready to make poli, make small balls out of the maida dough and spread it with your hand. Now keep required amount of potato stuffing and cover it.
Spread it evenly with your hand to get a thin circle shaped poli.
Now heat the tawa and cook the poli on both sides adding a teaspoon of ghee on both sides. Serve it hot.
I have never tasted kara poli from Shri Krishna sweets. So I am not sure this is how they do it or they have some other ingredients in theirs....
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