Flaky Poli Recipeby Sheikh Mumtarin Ali (@ablendofrecipes)
Flaky Poli is an Indian sweet treat made with a flaky deep-fried pastry & filled with coconut, sesame seeds, cardamom & almond. it is usually prepared for a special occasion.
This brings back memories of my childhood. I remember my mum making this for Diwali. She never made it quite the same, she used a more nutty filling.
This Flaky Poli can be deep-fried immediately or can be frozen. Be sure to separate them with some plastic or cling wrap so they don’t stick together.
You make the Poli by first making a light, buttery pastry. It is fairly easy to make. It is then filled with a mixture made with coconut, sesame seeds, condensed milk, cardamom and almond.
Fry the coconut and sesame seeds in a pan, on low heat, until it turns slightly brown. Add condensed milk, cardamom and almond. Mix well and set aside.
For the pastry, rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it forms fine breadcrumbs.
Pour the milk, a little at a time until the dough comes together. Do not overmix the dough. Remember you want a flaky pastry so overhandling the dough will result in a stiff pastry. Roll out the dough, about 3mm thickness, and cut out round circles with a cookie cutter.
Place a teaspoon of filling onto one side of each circle and fold it over, press it down with the fingertips and press the edges with a fork or you can twist the edges like a rope. I tried pressing my pastry with a dough press that I purchased but it wasn't the result I expected so my polis are not as pretty but still tastes delicious.
Fry the poli in hot oil over medium heat. Serve warm.
Tips & Tricks
Freezing the Poli When freezing the Poli please ensure each layer is separted with cling wrap or wax paper. If you do not separate them they stick together and will become a disaster.
They are best fried when frozen. Always remember pastry and cold work together. No need to thaw them.
Perfect little sweet treat with your favorite tea or coffee!
Please note you may need to double the filling recipe depending on how small you make the polis.