Pooli pithe is usually longish in shape ... but since I cannot make them properly ... I resort to the round shape.
Need : 1/2 a coconut (grated), sugar, elaichi (cardamom) powder, 1 litre milk, rice flour, 1 pinch of salt, 1 tbsp ghee, 1/2 tsp baking powder, a little water and 1 tbsp cooking oil.
How to :
The Filling : Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed (or non stick) kadhai.
Add the grated coconut and around 5-6 tbsp sugar and the elaichi powder. Cook till coconut is slightly dry and sticks together.
(You can use jaggery(gur) too ..... instead of sugar for this filling.... for both flavour and colour).
The milk : Boil the milk till it is slightly thickened.
Add enough sugar to sweeten it and a little elaichi powder and boil for some more time. Keep aside.
The covering (Pulis) : Heat around half a cup of water with a pinch of salt , baking powder and 1 tbsp cooking oil. When the water starts to boil add rice flour very slowly, stirring constantly to make a soft dough.
Remove from heat and knead a little with hands to make it smooth. Use a little oil to moisten your palm.
Make small balls out of the dough. Take each ball and fill it with the coconut filling.
(Wet your hands with a little water so that the dough does not stick to them).
Bring the milk to a boil again and slowly add the poolis. Simmer for a while . Serve warm or cold.
(Now I realise I should have included a pic of the dough in making .... guess it will have to wait now for next time.)
Enjoy !! :-)