Monday, August 23, 2010

Boli with Paalpayasam to wish you all a Happy Onam !!

Happy Onam to you!! This day brings back good old memories and my tongue tingles with the taste of good food.  It takes me to the fastest swing my late Grandfather made for us children.  It reminds me how we pestered him until the swing was made.  How, being the eldest amongst my cousins I decided who gets to swing the swing first.  Those were the days.

  Onam meant family reunion.  Cousins from all over the state and country made it to our little town where my grandparent lived.  I next door.  The time other than summer vacation I met my cousins.  We exchanged secrets, played hide and seek and hopping and skipping.   Onam morning we headed out at dawn to pick flowers and make "athappokkalam" the flower carpet  The front yard would be embellished so to speak.  I don't see those flowers anymore in our neighborhood.  Those days are past.  The days of "thumbapoovu"( white beautiful small flowers)"mukkutti"(yellow small ones) "onappovu"(lilac with big petals).  However, the memories are etched in me to never go away.

  It's a day of abundance, color, food and and merry making in my small town.  I hope to spread that cheer to you.

Boli and Paalpayasam

It has been ages since we had celebrated Onam with all the family members and I miss that a lot.But still I make sure that my small family gets a miniature version of it, every year.This time I decided to make this special dessert which goes perfectly well with paalpayasam, Boli, which is usually served in marriage feasts/sadya.

Boli/Holige/Obbattu/Bobatlu/Puran poli is all the same, Boli being the name of this dessert in Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Ingredients:

Channa dal/kadalapparippu- 1 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Ghee/clarified butter- 2-3 Tbsp
Nutmeg powder- 1/8 tsp
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour/Maida- 1 cup
Yellow food color- a few drops
Salt
Gingely Oil- 2 Tbsp
Rice flour- enough to roll the dough

Boli and Paalpayasam

Method:

1.Pressure cook the channa daal with a pinch of salt.
Knead the dough with salt and food color to a smooth dough. (the dough should be looser than the poori dough.)Bring together the dough to form a big disc, and pour the gingely oil on the top of it so that the dough is completely covered in the oil.Keep it aside for at lest half an hour.
2.Drain any excess water from the cooked daal.
3.Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a nonstick pan. Saute the cooked daal with sugar until all the water gets absorbed.
4.Now add the nutmeg and cardamom powders into this and mix well.Switch off the heat and let it cool.
5.Grind this mixture in a mixer grinder without adding any water to a smooth paste.
6.Make lime sized balls out of it.
7.Take a small portion of the dough, say gooseberry sized, and press it on the palm to get a small poori and keep the daal ball in it and cover it up.Just like you would do to make parathas.
8.Now roll it carefully on a floured surface. It's best to use rice flour for flouring.
9.Cook this on low heat on a tawa until both sides are cooked.
10. Do not overcook or let the sides brown.While turning the sides brush a little ghee on both sides.
11.Seve with paalpayasam or serve as it is.

Boli and Paalpayasam

Notes:

1.This recipe gives you around 15 boli.
2.You could also add 1 tablespoon of gingely oil in the ghee and knead it all together and cover up the dough before you roll them out. But I have found that this method is more easier.
3.Check here for the paalpayasam recipe, which I posted a couple of weeks back.

Here is the picture of an "athappokkalam" which was taken during the Onam celebrations in Hyderabad a few years back, to wish you all a Happy and Proseperous Onam !!!

Happy Onam

Contributor: Namitha

42 comments:

  1. Happy Onam !!. Great pictures and nice recipe !!

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  2. Happy Onam to you and your family :))

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  3. Namitha and Sunitha,

    Happy onam to you guys and your families. I love boli , palpayasam. Both are inseparable. Wonderful.

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  4. Happy Onam... beautiful pictures and it sounds sweet and delicious :)

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  5. Kidulam recipe!! looks incredibly beautiful, love the way u presented it..:)Happy Onam!

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  6. Happy Onam to you too....delicious poli (we call it as puran poli) great click ...loved ur poo kolam :)

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  7. Happy Onam! Lovely poli and poo kolam.

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  8. Happy onam, boli is my fav, beautiful pookkolam, great

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  9. HappY Onam to you & your family!! Enjoy!!

    This is one tasty recipe!! Oooh yes!

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  10. happy onam ...poo kolam looks awesome n love ur poli too ...yummy

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  11. Happy onam..nice to see the boli recipe...

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  12. Even though I don't celebrate this day, I still would like to wish you a very happy Onam :)!

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  13. Beautiful is the WORD for everything out here...Happy Onam to you guys..

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  14. Happy Onam to you n your family..
    Boli n palpayasam looks fantastic n so festive ..beautiful clicks too!!

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  15. it is one of my most most fav of dishes and i can have it without payasam any time:)
    happy onam 2 u as well

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  16. lovely recipe nami...love the props...ippravishyam naattil ninnu kondu vannathano?...looks great......i love that pookkalam...

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  17. Happy Onam to you both, Namitha and Sunita...
    We all live through nostalgia, trying to find and recreate one that is elusive; mukkutti and thumbapoo was plentiful during our childhood so also Krishnakeeradam, thecchi and mandaram flowers alongwith the humble chembarathi.
    Ours was a humble crepe myrtle on unyeilding stone...
    :-)

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  18. Happy onam :-) Lovely entry....

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  19. Onashamsakal Nami..Bloi adipoli aytund tou, payasavum kootiangane kazhicha pole ay :-D

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  20. Happy Onam !!. Great pictures and nice recipe. Love the flower decoration which looks a bit like Rangoli (sorry can't remember the name)

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  21. Happy Onam to you!!
    Beautiful flower rangoli...and a new recipe.!havent heard of it before! Looks nice!

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  22. Love the Boli/Poli and love the flower decoration picture. happy Onam to you and your family! Enjoy!

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  23. Happy Onam guys....:)...Boli looks perfect...:)

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  24. That's a lovely treat for the family. Very lovely flower decoration on the floor :)

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  25. Happy Onam to u and ur family...nice pookolam

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  26. Happy Onam! Very delicious meal! The flower kolam is lovely!

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  27. wonderful clicks namitha, and happy onam to you and your family

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  28. wow ! looks so grand and festive. Hope you all had a good onam.

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  29. Happy Onam dear..Nice celebrations...I can see the proper festive mood in d fotos....Lovely recipes

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  30. Nice pics da.Very traditional.Sherikum pazhaya onam oke miss cheyyunu alle?natil polum epo poo parikanillalo.Onam-Vishu oke varumbo epozhum cheriya kutti aayi erunnal mathiyenu thonunu :)

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  31. Happy Onam to both of you and your family:-) Lovely presentation
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  32. Lovely pictures and boli looks yummy!!

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  33. happy onam to u all. picture of the flower rangoli is awessome and boli is a great dish to celebrate the occasion.nice click

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  34. Happy onam dear.Oam kazhinju but still inu moonam onam alle...onagosham oke adipoli ayirunu alle..I am going to bookmark this one,will give this a try in future..Kidilan ayitundu.

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  35. Happy Onam to you and your family!
    Your onam special dish is very delicious! Love that flower decoration excellent!
    A gift for you in my blog take some time to visit!
    Love Always

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  36. Happy onam dear...wat a gr8 recipe to celebrate...nice rangole work.

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  37. Happy onam to u and ur family...Cute looking and droolworthy boolis..awesome pookolam..

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  38. Lovely boli... Happy onam to u and ur family!. Poo kolam looks beautiful.

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  39. Happy Onam to you and your family!! Awesome pictures !!!

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  40. Happy Onam Namitha. The kolam looks really beautiful, mahabali would have come home for sure seeing it! Poli looks delish, would love to have it with a dollop of ghee.

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  41. WOW!! Ethu kandittippol thanne boli palpayasavum kootti kazhikkan thonnunnu...Aa changazhiyum, uruliyum, vilakkum okke vecha 1st picture nalla rasamundu ketto..

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