Paal Poli

These are small fried pooris soaked in flavoured milk. One of my favourite too... My mom used to make this paal poli for festivals and i really love eating them 3 or 4 at a time.

  • All-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk - 3 cups
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Almonds and Pistachios - 2 tbsp crushed
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Oil - for frying
How to make it:

Add salt to the flour. Knead the flour with enough water to make a soft dough. Brush some oil on top and let it stand for 15 minutes. Make sugar syrup by adding 2 cups water with sugar and boiling it for 10 minutes. Add a little of cardamom powder to the sugar syrup. Make balls out of the dough and roll it into a round shape (like a poori). Drop in the oil and fry on both the sides. Take out and dip into the sugar syrup. Let it soak in the sugar syrup until you drop the next one. Fold into two and take onto a wide bowl. Repeat this for remaining pooris. Boil milk in a pan, add almonds, pistachios, cardamom powder and saffron. Pour this hot milk over the pooris. Let it soak for about 30 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Medhu vada


  • Urad dhal - 1 1/2 cups
  • Salt - 1/2 tbsp
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Ginger - 1 small piece, Chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Whole Black Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Oil - for frying
How to make it:

Soak urad dhal with enough water for about 2 to 3 hours. Grind urad dhal, green chillies and ginger together with salt. While grinding, be careful not to add too much water. Just sprinkle little water if necessary while grinding. Grind nicely until the batter is soft and thick. Take it onto a bowl. Add the curry leaves and black pepper. Heat oil in a pan. Take little amount of the batter onto a plastic sheet. With your hands wet, make a round shape and a hole at the center. Turn the sheet upside down onto your palm. Take out the batter carefully and drop into the oil. Fry until golden brown.

Tip: Add finely chopped onions or cabbage to the batter for extra flavour.

I wish all my dear Friends, Relatives and Visitors of Chandrabhaga, a Very Happy Pongal !
Lets pray god for a good Harvest and sufficient supply this year and let the demand for Rice and Grains disappear.

Here is my Sakkarai Pongal recipe.

Have a wonderful celebration!

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30 Responses
  1. FH Says:

    Milk poories is new to me, sounds yummy. Happy Pongal, enjoy! :)

  2. Cham Says:

    My husb likes to eat with milk the polis, looks delicious and so does your Medhu Vada!

  3. wow I love the vadas, looks real yumm, milk pooris are new to me.

  4. Red Chillies Says:

    The medu vadas look yummy and cripsy. The shape has come out so well. The milk pooris are new.

  5. wow..what a coincidence...i too prpeared paal poori but in a slightly different way......urs looking awesome...delectable one...happy pongal

  6. Finla Says:

    Like asha said these pories are new to me.
    I would love to taste then and those vadas look so yumm.

  7. anudivya Says:

    I make therttipaal pooris somewhat similar... and I just adore it. Happy Pongal!

  8. Trupti Says:

    Pooris looks very delicious mother used to make these poories.

    Happy pongal !!

  9. Laavanya Says:

    I've not tasted paal pooris so far.. that looks awesome and so tempting.. and your medhu vadais are just perfect.

  10. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you all for your valuable comments...

  11. Yasmeen Says:

    The puris look delicious soaking in the sweet milk and crisp vadas look very inviting.We always used to get pongal sweets from our neighbors every year.Hope you have a blessed pongal:)

  12. Uma Says:

    ooh, delicious goodies for sankranthi! milk pooris is new to me too! looks so delicious and of course medu vada looks mouthwatering. Happy Sankranthi!

  13. Pal Poli & vada looks delicious n awesome Anu. Pal poli is my all time fav.

  14. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you, Yasmeen, uma and Jaishree for your wishes and valuable comments.

  15. miss v Says:

    looks sweet and comforting!

  16. Indian Khana Says:

    Paal Poli is new to me...missing the poli for sure now...nice menu for pongal...Wish you n all Happy Pongal

  17. Kalai Says:

    Wish you a very happy Pongal, Anu! :)

  18. Vibaas Says:

    Pal puris are so tempting. vadas too :)

  19. Uj Says:

    This way of making sweet is completely new to me. I just made another version poori dunked in milk but it did not have the poori's to be soaked in sugar syrup first. Looks yummy :)
    Love the way you have shaped medu vadas too.. I am seing them in many blogs. I might make it soon :)

  20. Raaga Says:

    I love pal poli... have never ventured to make them though :)

  21. Vijitha Says:

    yummy paal pooris! happy pongal to u!

  22. suvi Says:

    years ago, my friend's mom used to make paal polis..gosh had totally forgotten about these!! am relatively new to blogging, do visit me sometime :)

  23. suvi Says:

    years ago, my friend's mom used to make paal polis..gosh had totally forgotten about these!! am relatively new to blogging, do visit me sometime :)

  24. Both the dishes look so delicious, I have never tried paal polis, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  25. Hey Anu i am on the way to have the both... so pretty yr vada that too with perfect shape and hole on in.. chance se illa...

    wat a co incident pal peni ie poli is my mom's todays preparation...i will get it tomrw from her... love that sweet.

  26. First time to your blog..You have a g8 collections...Vadas look yummy..

  27. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you all for your lovely comments!

  28. the vadas look so crispy Anu...yummy!

  29. Premyscakes Says:

    paal poli i have never made this, looks so scrumptious. Vada looks great too.

  30. lovely..medu vada looks so crispy...