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Halwa Polelu

Swapna Sunil
180 minutes
Prep Time
70 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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Many of you might have heard the Poori and Sheera/Halwa combo , so this is kind of similar to it, instead of having sheera as a side, here it is used as a stuffing ..Halwa Poli is an authentic sweet dish that is made in Telangana Arya Vysya community during the telugu new year Ugadi ...Though i tweaked the procedure a bit to the healthier pan fried version instead of the deep fried authentic ones, but the original recipe is adopted from my from Mom !!

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • Telangana
  • Pan fry
  • Pressure Cook
  • Boiling
  • Dessert
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. 1 cup - Sooji / semolina
  2. ghee 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
  3. sugar 1-1/4 cup
  4. water - 2 cups
  5. cardamom - 1
  6. Yellow food color 2 pinch (divided)
  7. All purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup
  8. salt 1 pinch
  9. oil 5 tbsp


  1. Take maida, 1 pinch salt, 1 pinch yellow food color in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add water little by little and knead to a smooth pliable dough. Now add oil little by little and knead into a soft dough. Coat the outer layer of the dough with oil and cover it. Let it rest for 3 hours at least.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup ghee in a pressure cooker or pan. Add the sooji and roast over low heat till aromatic, without changing color. This should take 2-3 mins.
  3. On another hand heat water and add sugar and let it dissolve completely. Add crushed cardamom seeds, 1 pinch yellow food color and mix well.
  4. Add this hot sugar syrup to the roasted rava and mix well. Immediately close the cooker with a lid and place the weight on top and leave it for 20-25 mins. No need to switch on the stove at all. Open after 20 mins and soft rava kesari will be ready without any lumps.
  5. Make small lemon size balls of both the rava kesari and the dough. Grease your finger with ghee or oil. Place the dough ball on a greased plastic sheet and pat with your finger tips to a circle.
  6. Place the sooji ball in the middle of the dough and cover it with the dough and make a ball once again.
  7. Now once again pat the stuffed ball into an appam as thinly as you can manage.
  8. Heat a griddle and gently tilt the plastic sheet and place the poli on the griddle and drizzle ghee around the it.
  9. Cook on both sides till you can see brown spots on both the sides. Transfer to a plate.

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Komalasuri Komalasuri   Nov-16-2016

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