Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tirunelveli Boli - Golden Yellow Sweet Pancake

Tirunelveli is a district in the southern part of the state of Tamilnadu in India. If you were reminded immediately of Tirunelveli Halwa (Irutukadai halwa), you're right! This place is very famous for their Halwas.

This recipe is totally different from Halwa, but Boli is also a sweet and this particular recipe is a variation of Boli that originated in Tirunelveli.  If you're wondering what Boli is like, I have an introduction posted here. We use sugar instead of jaggery and there's no coconut involved, so these can last longer. There are more differences, read on...

Ingredients -

Channa Dal (கடலை பருப்பு) - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom - 3 pods (to be powdered)
Nutmeg (ஜாதிக்காய்) - 1 no. (crushed)
Rice flour - 1/3 cup
Maida /All purpose flour - 1 cup
Turmeric  powder - a pinch
Gingely Oil - 2 tbsp

Method -

  • Pressure-cook channa dal with sufficient water for 3 to 4 whistles. After it is cooled, grind to a paste. 

  • Take a pan, add sugar, cardamom powder and crushed nutmeg to the ground paste.

  • Sugar melts in the heat and becomes liquidy. Keep stirring on low flame for sometime until it gets solidified. This is the "poornam" , i.e., the sweet filling.


  • Take maida flour, add a pinch of turmeric powder, oil and sprinkle some water. Make it into a dough. This is the outer covering. This would be a little elastic in state. 
Outer covering for Tirunelveli Boli
  • Take maida dough, divide it into 10 equal sized balls. Roll a ball into rice flour, then flatten it slightly. 
  • Keep a small ball of poornam, cover it from all sides. Flatten it using the chapathi roller. Dip into rice flour as required, to avoid getting sticky. This is similar to the process of making Aloo paratha

  • Heat a tawa, add 2 drops of oil and cook the boli, one at a time. Reverse sides to get both sides cooked. 
  • Smear some ghee before serving, to enhance its taste.

Tirunelveli boli is ready to be enjoyed :)

P.S.  Credits to my mom for the recipe and to my sis for clicking pics (instead of  devouring the delicious bolis ) when amma made it :)

Sending this perfectly apt recipe to My Mother's Kitchen : Indian Mithai Mela  

      Oats-Brown rice Dosai - Healthy meal

      Well, I'm addicted to brown rice now! Good for me coz its healthy! My mom makes oats-dosai and it tastes absolutely yummy. I innovated a bit and replaced the usual 'idli rice' with brown rice and made this new variety of dosai :) To all my Singaporean friends, this is new to me as brown rice and oats are not part of everyday food in India. I tasted brown rice for the first time in Singapore in one of the Chinese-Vegetarian stalls in the local food courts here and it was love at first bite :)

      What I Used -

      Brown rice - 1 cup
      Cooking Oats - 1 cup
      Urad dal - 2/3 cup
      Fenugreek - 1 tbsp
      Salt - to taste

      How To -

      • Soak Brown rice and Urad dal separately for atleast 3 hours. I just soaked them with lots of water overnight.
      • Oats need not be soaked. 
      • Strain off most of the water.
      • Grind brown rice adding water little by little and make a paste. It can be a little watery. That's ok because the urad paste will thicken the overall batter.
      • Grind urad dal with fenugreek and get a thick paste.
      • Finally, grind oats with brown rice batter (instead of water).
      • Blend all the three together well by grinding them all together for 1 cycle in your electric mixer/blender. You can add salt in this final round. I added 1 tsp (leveled) of salt for the above quantities specified.
      That's your dosa batter :) Yeh!!!

      Oats-Brown Rice Dosa Batter

      Now, the rest of the procedure is simple. Get your dosa-kal (tawa) ready, heat it, grease it and pour the batter on it and spread it in a circular shape. Once browned on one side, reverse the sides and let the other side get cooked too. Now, in pictures,

      Healthy Dosai - Oats+Brown rice Dosai

      Serve dosas with chutney. Ummm....delicious :)   It is very filling and makes a proper meal indeed :)

      Sending this recipe to Dosa Event


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