Makar Sankranti and Gul Poli!
India is a land of festivals! Most of the Indian/Hindu festivals are based on the position of the sun and the moon. And hence their English calendar dates vary every year. But Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal and Bihu are always celebrated on 14th January each year!.
Makar sankranti is celebrated in western regions such as Maharashtra and Gujarat, Lohri is predominantly celebrated in Punjab, South India celebrates Pongal and Bihu is celebrated in Assam! Although celebrated in different regions by different names and rituals, all these festivals signify one important seasonal change. Start of the spring season and the new harvest!
Traditionally, in Maharashtra, during Makar Sankranti, sweets such as til gud poli and til gud laddus are prepared by using Sesame seeds and jaggery. Til gud poli is a stuffed flat bread and the stuffing is made of blending roasted sesame seeds and jaggery together. The method for making delicious til gul poli varies in every home. But the below recipe is our take on it!
Teel-Gud Poli / गूळ पोळी
For Outer Cover :
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- Pinch of salt
- Water and oil as per requirement to knead a soft dough.
For Inner Stuffing :
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 3/4th cup grated jaggery
- 1/4th spoon cardamom powder
- Dry roast sesame seeds till they turn golden brown. Let them get cool.
- Grate the jaggery or you can also break it into small pieces.
- Blend the grated jiggery, roasted sesame seeds and cardamom powder in a blender/mixer.
- Blend it well to get a coarse powder form mixture.
- Stuffing is now ready.
- Knead soft dough for the outer cover.
- Take one small portion of the dough and roll it.(About a size of a medium poori).
- By using a spoon, take one spoonful of stuffing and place it at the centre of the rolled poli. Do not put excess stuffing as the stuffing will break the dough while rolling the poli.
- Bring the edges together to close the poli, as we do for stuffed paratha or Modak.
- Make a small ball. Pat it flat.
- Take little flour and start rolling the poli very gently. Do not exert pressure. Maintain the thickness as per your liking. Thinner the better.
- Put the rolled poli on hot griddle/tawa and cook it evenly from both the side.
- You can also use ghee while you are roasting it. Or ghee can be put on the poli after it has been taken off the griddle.
- Serve hot with more ghee!