I am trying to post as many sweet recipes as possible so it comes handy for the readers during the festival season. If you are a regular reader of my page you probably know that I try my best to aoid added sugar to keep even the sweets healthy. My theory is that unless not adding sugar will make the dish unpalatable, do not add it. I always look out for alternate natural sweetners which can provide some nutrition as well. Needless to say, when I came across a recipe for dates poli, I tried it immediately. It has very little added sugar and for someone like me, I would not have needed even that. Ofcourse it depends on how sweet the dates are. For those who are unfamiliar, poli is traditionally a sweet dish with a stuffing in the middle wrapped with dough made from flour. I must say this did go down well across all ages. Here is the recipe...
1 cup dates, seeds removed
2 tablespoon jaggery/brown sugar
2 pinches cardamom powder
1 ½ cups flour (maida)
2 tablespoon oil
Pinch of salt
To make the dough, put the flour in a bowl and add little oil and make it look like breadcrumbs. Then add required water and make a soft dough and add some oil and knead well. Keep aside for atleast 1 hour
Sprinkle the cardamom powder and mix
Add some oil on top and flatten it to desired thickness. I like to flatten until it may just break so I get it as thin as I possibly can
Heat a tava and put the poli and cook less than a minute
Turn the side and cook under a minute. Repeat until both sides are golden brown. You could add ghee or oil but I did not.