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Bonus Dish for Week 1: B for Boorelu
Theme: A-Z Dishes from Andhra Pradesh
Dish: Poli Boorelu
Here’s Wishing everyone a Very Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!!

While I was planning for the A-Z series, I came across a ton of dishes from Andhra Pradesh that I’ve never tried before and in my excitement to cook for the event, I cooked more than I should. Since we are only posting 1 dish per alphabet, I had to edit myself and only post the ones I felt really represented AP. So to keep the momentum going, I decided to post the ones that didn’t get picked up for the regular Blogging Marathon on Sundays as Bonus recipes.

Boorelu

Today’s bonus recipe is an easy to make boorelu. I still remember the first time I made boorelu years ago for Varalakshmi vratam. I invited few friends for dinner that day and my filling for boorelu was so liquidy that it completely dissolved in the cover batter. So when I fried them, they ended up looking like pakodi. We all ate them anyway. 

Boorelu

But this recipe is almost fool-proof, since chana dal is first soaked, ground and then steamed (like when we make patoli/ paruppu usili), so there is no chance of the filling getting liquidy.

For the outer cover, usually urad dal (minapappu) and rice are soaked and then ground to a smooth paste. Instead I used store-bought urad dal flour and rice flour. This makes life so much easier making the whole process quicker and leaving only 1 bowl to clean.

Boorelu
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Poli Boorelu Yum
Fool proof recipe to make traditional South Indian sweet Boorelu. Sweet lentil filling encased in a batter and then deep fried till crispy and delicious. This dish is usually made during festivals and special occasions.
Poli Boorelu
Course dessert
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
boorelu
Ingredients
For the filling:
  • 1 cup Chana dal
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • ¼ cup coconut Dry grated
For the Outer Cover:
  • ½ cup Urad dal flour
  • cups Rice Flour
  • pinch Salt
Course dessert
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
boorelu
Ingredients
For the filling:
  • 1 cup Chana dal
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Ground
  • ¼ cup coconut Dry grated
For the Outer Cover:
  • ½ cup Urad dal flour
  • cups Rice Flour
  • pinch Salt
Poli Boorelu
Instructions
For the Outer Cover:
  1. Combine urad flour, rice flour and salt. Add enough water to make a lump-less batter similar in thickness to pancake batter. Cover and set aside while you prepare the filling.
For the filling:
  1. Soak chana dal for at least 2-3 hours. Drain all the water and then grind into an almost smooth paste without adding any water. Steam this mixture for 5-7 minutes (just as you would for idlis). Once the mixture has cooled, crumble it using your fingers and add sugar, grated coconut and ground cardamom. Mix well. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and form into round balls.
Make Boorelu:
  1. Heat oil for deep frying in a pan. Dip the filling balls in the urad dal batter and gently place them in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  2. The outer layer is crispy and the filling is sweet and soft. They are perfect as neivedyam (festive offering). I dipped some sliced potatoes in the left-over outer cover batter spiced with red chili powder, cumin seeds & salt and made some yummy bajjis.
Recipe Notes

Boorelu

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6 thoughts on “Poli Boorelu”

  1. One of my favorite traditional dishes. Love them.We use urad dal more in ratio compared to rice. We call them sukhilu and Just now remembered that I did not get pictures of them even though my mother made them when I was in India. 🙁

  2. Hello here from foodgawker. You have a wonderful space with some nice recipes! These deep fried poli looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Hello here from foodgawker. You have a wonderful space with some nice recipes! These deep fried poli looks absolutely delicious!

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