Traditional Vegetarian Recipes, Kid-friendly Recipes & Instant Pot Recipes from Indian and International Cuisines

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Black Eyed Peas and Chayote Squash Curry – Instant Pot Method

Black Eyed Peas and Chayote Squash Curry – Instant Pot Method

My mom made this curry all the time for our family. Today, I am sharing her actual recipe. I converted the recipe to make it in an Instant Pot. I made this black-eyed peas curry in instant pot, on New Year’s day. New Year’s day […]

Mango Milkshake Recipe – Fresh Mango Shake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Mango Milkshake Recipe – Fresh Mango Shake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Memorial day is right around the corner. The true purpose of memorial day is to honor brave men and women who died while in the service of the United States military. Thank the veterans you know. Enjoy the great outdoors and feast on food. I […]

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Mother’s Day is just a few days away. I am sharing a simple, decadent eggless chocolate cake recipe. This chocolate cake is so easy to put together, moist and delicious. I never get a chance to treat my mom with my homemade baked goods because […]

Maha Shivaratri Upvaas/Fasting Thali

Maha Shivaratri Upvaas/Fasting Thali

Maha Shivaratri  is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in honor of Lord Shiva. On this auspicious day, devotees perform Abhishekam to the Shivalingam(An abstract representation of Lord Shiva). Abhishekam is a ceremony of bathing the idol of god with either water or milk or Panchamrutham(A mixture of […]

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Christmas is less than a week away. If you haven’t already started baking your homemade Christmas treats, you need to do it now. Today I am sharing with you Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread cookies recipe. These shortbread cookies are easy to make and are perfect for […]

Mung Sprouts Dosa/Sprouted Mung Bean Dosa

Mung Sprouts Dosa/Sprouted Mung Bean Dosa

Mung/Moong sprouts dosa is a protein rich, healthy and nutritious south Indian crepe that can be eaten as breakfast or snack. You can make these dosas even more nutritious by adding paneer or tofu(for vegan version), greens and seasonal vegetables like carrots, beetroots and roll […]

How to sprout beans – Instant Pot Method

How to sprout beans – Instant Pot Method

Sprouting is the process of germinating beans, seeds and nuts. Sprouting involves soaking beans for several hours. Soaking softens the skin on the beans, allowing the sprout to grow. The soaked beans are rinsed and placed  in a dark, warm place(away from the sun light) […]

Cranberry Ginger Chutney/Cranberry Ginger Thokku/Cranberry Allam Thokku – Instant Pot Method

Cranberry Ginger Chutney/Cranberry Ginger Thokku/Cranberry Allam Thokku – Instant Pot Method

Fall is cranberry harvesting season. This is the time of the year we can find bags of fresh cranberry in the grocery store aisles. Fresh cranberries have a sour-tart flavor. They work as an excellent substitute for raw mangoes, tomatoes and tamarind in many Indian […]

Rajgira Chikki/Amaranth Brittle

Rajgira Chikki/Amaranth Brittle

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet.  Rajgira/Amaranth  is the seed of the Amaranth plant. Rajgira Chikki is a sweet bar made with popped Rajgira/Amaranth seeds and Jaggery. Though, the label on the bag of Amaranth says that it is a grain, it isn’t a grain […]

Bellam Paramannam/Rice Kheer/Rice Pudding – Instant Pot Method

Bellam Paramannam/Rice Kheer/Rice Pudding – Instant Pot Method

Hello Readers, Wishing you all a very happy Vijaya Dasami. It has been a long time since my last post.  I had mentioned in my last post that I will be taking a break from blogging.  I haven’t actively started blogging yet, but today is […]


Puran Poli/Oliga/Poornam Bobbattu - Festival Recipe

Oliga/Poornam Bobbattu/Puran Poli

Oliga/Poornam Bobbattu/Puran Poli

The first post in my  blog is my mom’s Puran Poli recipe. It is my  favorite Indian dessert. I cannot thank my mom enough for teaching me how to make this delicious sweet dish. My mom prepared this traditional sweet for all of the festivals. She used to wake up at 4am and grind cooked dal using a mortar and pestle. I appreciate and thank my mom for all the love and effort she put to make this delicious traditional dish for everyone in my family for every festival. I am really happy to share my mom’s recipe with all of you. I hope you enjoy making them with this simple step by step recipe with pictures. Happy Vijaya Dasami to everyone who is celebrating it today.

Puran Poli is a soft, thin, flatbread with a delicious stuffing made with lentils and jaggery. There are different variations of this recipe. My mom uses all purpose flour or sooji (fine variety) to prepare the outer layer and she makes the stuffing using toor dal (split pigeon peas) and jaggery. It is known as Oliga at my mom’s place.

My MIL uses whole wheat flour to prepare the outer layer and she makes the stuffing using chana dal (split black gram) and jaggery. It is known as Pappu Polay at my MIL’s place. This traditional sweet dish is known with different names  Oliga / Poornam Bobbattu / Pappu Polay / Holige / Obbattu / Bakshaalu. Recently someone had mentioned that it is also known as ‘Tel Poli’.

Today I am sharing my mom’s method of making Puran Poli / Oliga.

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