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Nei Boli

- Submitted by Dahlia on 2nd Feb 2009

(Nei Poli, Boli, Obatu, Bobatlu)


Recipe For Nei Poli


  • Bengal Gram(channa dal) - 2 cups
  • Jaggery/ Sugar - 2 cups
  • Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 1 3/4 cups
  • Cardamon Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder/ Yellow Food Color - 1/4 tsp
  • Butter/ Ghee/ oil - 2-3 tbsp (for kneading)
  • Butter/ Ghee/ Oil - for frying bolis (as needed)
  • Water - as needed to make the dough
  • Salt - a pinch


  1. Mix the maida, turmeric powder/ food color and salt together .Add enough water and make it into a very soft dough.
  2. Add the butter/ghee/ oil to the dough and knead again until the dough becomes soft and pliable.
  3. Cover with a moist kitchen towel and let it rest. In the meantime make the filling.
  4. Boil the channa dal with plenty of water until it is soft but not mashy.
  5. Drain all the water and powder it in the mixie.
  6. Take this dal powder in a pan, add the jaggery/sugar and cardamon powder and heat it. The jaggery/sugar will melt and form a thick and gooey mixture.
  7. After the dal mixture is cool enough to handle, start making the bolis.
  8. Make marble sized balls with the dough and lemon sized balls with the dal mixture. The dal mixture should be bigger than the dough only then the final boli will taste good.
  9. Take a dough ball roll out into a small circle. Flour the surface to prevent sticking.
  10. Keep the sweet dal ball in center of the rolled out dough. Bring all the sides of the dought to the center to cover the filling completely.
  11. Seal it nicely and press it again to form a circle. 
  12. Place it in between 2 greased plastic sheets. Just press with your fingers till expands to the desired circumference.
  13. Cook the bolis on a hot griddle using some butter/ghee/oil. remove when brown spots appear on both sides.
  14. Serve it during festival times or even serve for dinner. 

Detailed Steps

Dal ball placed in the center of rolled out dough

Poli Preperation Step

dal ball sealed by the dough

Poli Preperation Step

Flatten the dough ball.

Poli Preperation Step

boli on the tava

Poli Preperation Step

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Comments (5)

Person   ()
It is looking great recipes. I shall try them soon.
Person   ()
Thank you. Try it and share your comments.
Person   ()
can I make this with wheat instead of maida, it wil taste nice or not
Person   ()
yes you can make it.
Person   ()
hi Dahlia

looking very tasty and yummy. i avoid maida as far as possible, made it with wheat flour. shall send you the recipe

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Comment by chris priya
          Can v use gram flour instead of powdering it in the mixie?
Reply :-
          Hi Chris, Here we cook the dal before powdering it. Gram flour is uncooked. May be you can try by roasting the gram flour nicely before making the filling. I'm really not sure how the taste would be since I have not tried it. Do let us know if you try it.

Comments by Helen Bens on 16 February 2009 04:27AM
             Hi Dahlia,  Boli really turned out well..Except the thing it took around 3 hrs+.. may be because its my first time...we all enjoyed eating it.. Thanks for the recipe...
Reply : -
             Yes the more you make, you'll get used to making it.

Comment by Helen Bens on 12 February 2009 08:16AM
              Hey,  How much time u took to prepare this Boli?
Reply :-
             around 2 hours from start to finish.

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