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How To make Paal Poli? | Instant Paal Poli Recipe

Paal Poli is a traditional South Indian sweet delicacy that is often made during festivals and special occasions. It is a simple yet indulgent dessert that combines the softness of poli (a type of Indian flatbread) with the creaminess of sweetened milk. The dish has a rich and luscious texture, with a hint of cardamom and saffron for flavor. 

Here is a recipe for making Paal Poli at home: 


For the poli dough: 

  • 1 cup of maida (all-purpose flour) 
  • 1/4 ts 2 tbsp of oil 
  • Water as required 

For the filling: 

  • 1 cup of grated coconut 
  • 1/2 cup of jaggery 
  • 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder 

For the milk: 

  • 1 liter of full-fat milk 
  • 1/2 cup of sugar 
  • A pinch of saffron


  • To make the poli dough, mix the maida, salt, and oil in a bowl. Add water gradually and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. 
  • For the filling, heat a pan on medium flame and add the grated coconut. Roast it until it turns light brown and releases a nutty aroma. Then, add the jaggery and cardamom powder and mix well. Cook for a few more minutes until the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes sticky. Turn off the heat and let it cool. 
  • Divide the poli dough into small balls and flatten them into circles. Place a spoonful of the coconut filling in the center of each circle and wrap the dough around it, sealing the edges. Flatten the filled dough balls into small discs. 
  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and place the filled discs on it. Cook them on both sides until they turn golden brown and crisp. Remove from heat and keep aside. 
  • In another pan, heat the milk on medium flame and bring it to a boil. Add the sugar and saffron and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let the milk simmer for 10-15 minutes until it thickens and reduces in volume. 
  • Add the cooked poli discs to the milk and let them soak for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the dish cool. 
  • Serve the Paal Poli garnished with chopped nuts, saffron strands, and a drizzle of honey or syrup.


  • You can also use wheat flour or a combination of wheat and maida to make the poli dough. 
  • Adjust the amount of jaggery and sugar according to your preference. 
  • Make sure the milk doesn’t boil over while simmering. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 

Paal Poli is a delicious dessert that can be enjoyed warm or chilled. It is a perfect way to end a meal or to indulge in during festive occasions. With this recipe, you can easily recreate the flavors of this classic South Indian sweet at home and impress your family and friends.

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