Puran Poli with an Apple Twist For Open Sesame Contest

(from 1 review)
Apple Puran Poli

For this month’s Open Sesame 2 Contest, I chose box no.1 and got the following riddle:

“A moniker in my name for a city
A phrase with me will make you cherished
I am so good for you in my utter simplicity
In Medical dictionary the fact so furnished

I am so famous in the world of bytes
Known for many aspects of usage
I am fat and rotound and make crunchy bites
My fame known from many religious traditions – right from the old age

Am, I forbidden? Or mystical ?
or the eternal giver of Youth
I consists of five internal carpels
Am good for good health of your mouth

I am as basic a fruit as you can think of
Or as hard if you don’t try enough
If You eat me on a day to day basis
Then you don’t have worry about anything – be it cold or dry cough”

At first I thought that it was difficult because Siri had mentioned that this month’s clue will be difficult than the previous month.  The mind was playing it’s trick telling me that it was difficult even before I could read the riddle completely.  But once I gave it a thorough reading, I was able to guess the answer right away.

I was wondering what I can cook using apples apart from the famous pie and milkshake.  I was searching Food network’s site for some interesting recipes.  Then I saw an announcement for another event “Sweet Series”, this month’s theme being puran poli.  All of a sudden I got the idea of making an apple poli.  I thought of making apple halwa, like carrot halwa and then stuffing it inside the all purpose flour dough to make polis.  To my surprise it turned out very very tasty.  The halwa was so delicious by itself and so was the poli too.  Thanks once again DK and Siri, I would have not come up with this recipe if it was not for your  contest.

As it was my test recipe, I tried it with small quantities only.  But the next time I make this poli I’m going to double the measurements.


Apple Puran Poli Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
1 Hr25 Mins4 Polis
Puran Poli with an Apple Twist For Open Sesame Contest
5.0 from 1 reviews
A very innovative recipe to use apple to make poli, a traditional sweet of India.
Ingredients For The Dough:
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • A Pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ghee
Ingredients For The Stuffing:
  • 1 Grated Small Apple (Be Sure To Check That It’s Sweet)
  • 1/4 To 1/2 Cup Grated Or Crumbled Milk Khoa (Khova, Mawa)
  • 2 Tablespoons Or As Per Taste) Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ghee
  • As Needed Powdered Dhalia, Optional
Khoa and Apple
  1. Combine all purpose flour, salt and water to form a ball of dough, just like chapathi dough. Then add the ghee and knead it thoroughly. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least one hour.
  2. Cut the top and bottom of the apple.
  3. Cut top of apple
  4. Slice the apple.
  5. Slice the apple all the way

  6. Peel the skin.
  7. Peel the skin
  8. Grate the apple slices.
  9. Grate the Apple
    Grated Apple, Sugar and Grated Khoa
  10. For the halwa/puran, add the ghee in a microwave safe bowl and the grated apples, cook it for 2 minutes.
  11. Then add the sugar and khoa to the cooked apples.
  12. Add sugar
    Add Khoa
  13. Cook it for another 3 minutes or until you don’t smell raw apples. Alternatively you can prepare this on stove top also. Add 2 teaspoons of ghee in a frying pan and sauteed the grated apples, until they are cooked well. Then add the sugar, let it dissolve and then add the khoya and combine it together. If this mixture is a bit watery add some more khoya or the powdered dhalia, so that the stuffing will hold together properly.
  14. Microwave the mix
  15. Apple puran and all purpose flour dough.
  16. Prepare the dough
  17. Now divide the dough into 4 equal size balls. Also take 4 equal portions of the stuffing. Make the stuffing smaller in size than the dough. Eat the rest of the halwa just like that. Everybody will ask for more.
  18. Roll the dough into a small circle.
  19. Flatten the dough
  20. Place one portion of the stuffing on the the rolled out dough.
  21. Place the mix on the dough
  22. Cover the stuffing using the dough.
  23. Collapse the dough edges
    Close dough edges
  24. Press the tip of the dough and flatten it into a disc.
  25. Flatten the top
  26. Roll out the stuffed dough into a circle, like roti.
  27. Reflatten the dough
    finalize the dough
  28. Meanwhile pre heat the tava (griddle). Place the poli on the hot tava, cook it on both sides, applying little ghee.
  29. Put it on tava
  1. The taste was unbelievable! I was really proud of my creation. My mother and my son loved it very much.
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  1. nisha

    hello, can you please suggest alternative for khoya for above receipe?

    • Madhuram

      You could try using paneer instead.

  2. Jess-Brynja

    I stumbled upon your blog today and I’m ever so thankful, I love Indian food, I’m icelandic-indian (I live with my mum now so I consider myself fully Indian!) and we always have all the ingredients that you’d normally find in Indian recipes. Definitely showing your blog to my mum, she’s going to be so delighted. Incidentally, I recently got tired of eggs and cannot stand their taste anymore.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the comment, Jess.

  3. jayashree

    Hai ,

    Thanks it came out well .good response came from my family memebers added extra sugar has that khoa had no sugar

    thank you


    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Jayashree. I’m glad you all liked it.

  4. Deepa

    Thanks Madhu. I’m assuming same quantity milk powder to substitute khoa and since milk powder has no sugar, I will add some extra sugar.

    Thank You.

  5. Deepa

    Hi Madhu,

    Can I use anything instead of Khoa ? I don’t have an Indian store close by and I can’t wait to try this till I go to the store next time. Happy Vacation….


    Deeps try milk powder or ricotta cheese may be. It’s just a guess though.

  6. Ramya

    Wow, thats fantastic. Loved the touch of apple and your step by step illustration. Will definitely try this recipe sometime..



  7. Aditi

    Wow!!! So innovative of you….great recipe…..i love apples…so this is going to be in my to do list!!! 🙂

  8. Mansi

    simply fantastic madhu! the apple twist does sound lovely, and healthy too! and your puran-poli looks mouth-watering indeed!!

  9. Rajani

    lovely recipe!!! i love sweet polis and this is definitely doable – should try it with carrot as well!

  10. Maheswari

    Just had dinner and now i am drooling..I am trying hard to watch my weight girl!
    Loved it..and stuffing superb…will try this as soon as i buy kowa..pretty soon.
    I have updated AFAM list.Thanks for reminding me..

  11. Madhuram

    Thank you very much each and everyone of your for your wonderful comments. Just be sure to check the sweetness of the apple before preparing this poli. Fortunately the apple I bought was very sweet.

    Laksh, thank you so much. We will meet sometime very soon and I’ll cook something very special. It’s a deal.

    SS, yes to my surprise my test recipes come out well. Hope to get lucky a lot more.

    Dee, I would be more than happy to have you here.

  12. Rajitha

    how cool!! love the step by step pics too…yummy!

  13. DK

    Girl! Thats one massive innovative idea! Who would have thought of apple puran poli but you 🙂

    A great entry for OS 2 and am so glad u liked my riddle 🙂

    I got one mail recently from another friend – will send u that soon – abt Dasa 😉

    and I will be soon be sending mail to anjali too for her reply. Thanks a bunch for the loop.:)

    Talking about apples – omething with apples is coming on my blog 2morrow too 😉

  14. Gowri

    That sounds innovative, madhu, and interesting too.Must try it.

  15. shri

    New and wonderful idea.This recipe rocks!!The dish is so delicious .

  16. Mythreyee

    Such a wonderful delicacy. Love to include this in the roundup. Well illustrated and thank you.I haven’t recd the mail yet…

  17. Roma

    Hey! Something for you on my site.

  18. Roma

    The pictures make it so easy to follow the recipes. Nice work there , Madhu.

  19. Aparna

    I really liked your innovation with the apple puran poli here.

  20. arundathi

    what a delicious idea… and beautiful photos!

  21. TBC

    Very creative, and a nice twist to the traditional version!

  22. Bharti

    That looks delicious. A perfect breakfast.

  23. Siri

    Lovely creation Madhu 🙂 and am glad u cud solve the riddle in one go!!!


  24. Dee

    Ok, Im planning a vacation to Philly now… I would love to eat this !!! Looks so yumm!! Sent you an email ! Hugs 🙂

  25. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    Hey this is a nice twist to the pooranpoli..I make this almost every thursday during my fast with the channa dal filling ..Very innovative Madhuram!!

  26. Vaishali

    This sounds like an Indian version of apple-pie. Delicious and creative, Madhuram, and such a perfect-looking poli.

  27. ranji

    puranpoli with apple..thats a nice twist madhu…love the idea..very creative 🙂

  28. DivyA Vikram

    Looks too gorgeous Madhu..Yet to post my recipe with apples..You rock with ur perfect pictures..

  29. skribles

    the polis and its halwa looks tempting! nice idea of using apples …
    congrats on guessin the riddle correctly the first time itself!

  30. Cham

    Kids should love this polis 🙂 Nice twist 😛

  31. Kumudha

    Such a creative recipe! I love puran polis. When we don’t get good coconuts, I guess this recipe works very well during winter!

  32. JZ @ Tasty treats

    hmmm…perfect madhu! so this is puran poli..i didnt know what it was at all….looks like creativity at its best!

  33. nags

    that’s a lovely innovation to the traditional puran polis 🙂

  34. Hetal

    wonderful creation dear,great entry….

  35. Anjali Damerla

    Who would have thunk it ??!!

    Madhuram, of course 😀

    Now that is one yummy creation.
    Wait till I tell this to my Mom. She will be utterly surprised to see our traditional Puran Poli without Puran but apples!!
    Very creative, Madhuram.

  36. sia

    what a brillent idea madhu… superb!

  37. kamala

    Hi Madhu ,What a coincidence I too post puran poli now only.Urs have a good and neat look than me.Innovative filling..Great entry!!

  38. notyet100

    wow,,,nice entry for the open sESAME,,,,

  39. Uma

    nice idea to stuff roti with apples. great entry.

  40. SS

    Looks like you are getting these “All of a sudden ideas” very often and they are indeed mouthwatering !

  41. Asha

    Me drooling all over the lappy! Indian style Apple pie, love it!!:)

  42. Laksh

    Do you have to make me drool like this first thing in the morning! Brilliant I say 🙂 When are you inviting me home again. Be sure to make this. I LOVE polis. BTW the sweets and thenga podi was out of the world. Loved it!