Poli Recipe

The South African Poli is a crescent shaped pastry filled with a sweet cardamom and desiccated coconut center- similar to the Indian treat Gujiya. Much like Gujiya, the South African Indian Poli is also fried, but unlike the Gujiya, the Poli filling is not cooked. Amma mostly made Poli for Diwali .

South African Poli Recipe

Sweet Poli Recipe
Recipe by Georgia
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 15 medium sized poli

Pastry Ingredients

  • 125g flour
  • 50ml milk (lukewarm)
  • 50g ghee  or  70g butter

 Poli Filling Ingredients

  • Desired limit of sugar
  • Half cup desiccated coconut
  • Sliced almonds
  • Half teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Optional...you can also add sesame seed or raisins to your poli filling for a more moist filling add 2 tablespoons condensed milk.

Other Ingredients

  • Oil for Frying

Cooking Directions

  1. Sift  the flour. Add the ghee and work the mixture into fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add Milk. Mix into a soft dough.
  3. Break a small piece of dough. Roll into a circle, roll as thin as possible. Use scone or cookie cutter to cut out circle shapes.

4. To make Poli filling combine desiccated coconut sugar and cardamom.
5. Spoon one tablespoon filling into your circle cut outs.

6. Fold circle into half. Press around  the arc of the semi circle to seal the filling.

7. Wrap the dough by pressing /overlapping the dough simultaneously to form a pattern. You can also use a fork.

Once all Poli have been filled heat pan with oil. Fry Poli until golden brown. All to cool. Best served with a cup of tea.

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