Masala Poli – Spicy potato Masala stuffed Poli #BreadBakers

I was ready with this post almost a month ahead, but i will be the last person to post in our group. Uff!! will i ever learn, nope. When Anshie our host for February, announced the theme Griddle breads, i decided what i m going to make, i even made it for our weekend snack in January, then i completely forgot. The other day i saw the post reminder, and ahhh it struck, i need to draft the post. Since then i m drafting, drafting and drafting!!!

Okies, masala poli/Spicy potato masala stuffed flat bread is one of the favorite snack from Krishna sweets, we do have a branch here in Karama, dubai, but i m not sure, whether they make this delicacy here. Back home, in Chennai, this is one of the delicious snack we fall head over heels.  It’s definitely not for the calorie conscious, since it is made with ghee-oil mix. If you are like me, you would definitely taste it, then run for 30 minutes tomorrow or 60 sun salutations. Oh yes, it is definitely worth it, the taste is to die for. 
Originally made with All purpose flour, i have used 50-50 all purpose and whole wheat flour for the obvious reason. That definitely affects the texture, mine was a bit flaky while the original would be super soft, melt it mouth. But taste-wise, the best.


1 cup All purpose flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
3/4 cup – 1 cup Warm water
1/2 cup oil
Salt to taste
2 generous pinches of turmeric powder
1 tbsp Gun powder-Idly milagai podi for garnish
1/4 cup of freshly chopped coriander leaves for garnish
1/4 cup of oil for making the poli

The filling

2 large potatoes
1/2 cup green peas (i used frozen)
1 large onion, chopped fine.
a sprig of curry leaf
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
a pinch of turmeric & hing
4 tbsp broken cashewnuts
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds 
salt to taste
Make the dough
  • Mix together both the flours in a large bowl, add salt and turmeric powder mix well. Add half the oil to the flour mix and knead to form crumb-like dough.
  • Now slowly add warm water to this and knead a smooth, elastic dough, add the remaining oil in batches while kneading and knead a super soft dough. Let the dough rest covered for 30 minutes.
Make the filling
  • Peel and cube the potatoes, add enough water for the potatoes to immerse microwave high for 10 minutes for them to cook. you can also cook on stove-top, until soft.
  • Drain the excess water and mash the potatoes well. Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, broken cashews, hing, curry leaf. Next add onion and saute until translucent. Now add the mashed potatoes and peas to it. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt.
  • Cover and cook in simmer flame for 8-10 minutes for the flavors to mingle and the rawness to escape. Take it off the heat and let it cool completely.

To make the poli

  • Divide the dough into 7-8 portions. Divide the filling into ping-pong size balls. There might be some filling leftover, its  fine, they can be made into sandwiches. 
  • It is usually made on banana leaf and cooked, since i couldn’t find one, i used my steel plate with little grease on it.
  • Grease your plate or use a ziploc cover, take a ball of dough, grease your hands with little oil, pat the dough to make a disc.keep a ping-pong sized filling in the middle, pat it little to make it flat.
  • Bring the edges of the dough together , covering the filling. drizzle a tsp of oil on top, pat it flat into thin disc. Since i have used wheat flour- all purpose flour mix, you won’t get it very thin, If using All purpose flour alone, you can stretch it pretty thin. add a dash of gun powder and a dash of coriander leave pat again, 
  • Heat a griddle, once the heat is high, reduce the flame to simmer,  carefully remove the patted poli on to the hot griddle, drizzle with ghee/oil and cook both the sides until done. it takes around 1 minute to cook oneside. Be patient, don’t burn the bread. Once done, remove it on to a flat plate.
  • Repeat the same with rest of the dough. Serve warm. This bread doesn’t need any accompaniments, if you insist, i might serve it along minty yogurt, to balance the flavors.

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