This weekend it’s a big festival day. A day of new beginning, a day to mark the end of WINTER season and a day to initiate fresh, pleasant SPRING with sun being more brighter day by day. Like a realistic woman ever, you must have begun the UGADI ground work and I too have done some preliminaries in order to post an innovative recipe with the classic, traditional touch.
Festivals, celebrations are part of Indian culture and that itself isolates we Indians from rest of the world. Anticipating awesome desserts, goodies and all drool-worthy edibles, a food lover is the one who integrally enjoys any festival. Oh my gosh… look at this sweet potato poli, an authentic UGADI sweet with classic texture, real flavor but innovative stuffing.
Sweet potato puran poli, a sweet flat bread needs only few regular home ingredients plus the key constituent SWEET POTATO of-course. Unlike traditional poli which uses lentils as the key ingredient, I am replacing it by a tuber that is sweet potato. Smart substitution to lentil poli like the one I have in my archives Kadle bele holige.
Sweet potato poli preparation has basically two steps. Preparing dough and puran is the first one, second being stuffing puran in to dough and rolling out. Dough making is more or less remains same in all varieties of poli but stuffing varies significantly and so does the taste.
Pressure cooking the sweet potatoes, peeling the skin and mashing them in to really smooth base without any chunks detectable is the key procedure. When mashed sweet potato is combined with jaggery and shredded copra, it tends to loosen like you cannot form any ball out of it. In that case you need heat the mixture up for some time till it becomes little solid, thick and ball form-able consistency.
Stuffing this mixture in to dough is a technique that one has to learn with practice. I have incorporated a video at the bottom of the post to make it simple for the beginners. Carefully rolling these stuffed balls like chapati and cooking on skillet till they turn brown, seems worth the effort because the smooth texture, the pleasant authentic look and the deliciously flavoring stuffing are so inviting. It’s rock-your-world YUMMY sweet potato poli. I bet.