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O is for… Obbattu #AtoZChallenge


Obbattu. Holige, Parpu Poli. Bobbatlu. Bobattu or Puran Poli as I know it as, from growing up in Bombay.

Many names, slight variations in the recipe and just the same deliciousness!

Obbattu is a delicious Roti/Flatbread stuffed plump with a mix of cooked Chana Dal and Jaggery with hints of powdered cardamom making a subtle appearance. Cooked to crisp perfection with liberal splashes of Ghee, eating this delight hot off the Tawa/Pan makes it extra delicious. The flaky outer layer gives way to the soft and sweet stuffing inside that just melts in your mouth.

Maida or all-purpose flour is usually used to knead the dough that makes the outer layer but Mom makes it with whole wheat flour and I follow her recipe.

Obbattu comes in 2 versions, a very thin dry version, that you could store for anything between 7-10 days and the fresh version which should not be stored for more than a single day.

The dry version is eaten by dipping bits of it in ghee while the fresh version is cooked in ghee. Coconut is an addition to the Chana dal and Jaggery mixture in some recipes and I love that variation as well.

I have been Oil Pulling for about 2 and a half years now. What on earth is Oil Pulling is the question on your mind, right? Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing a teaspoon of Oil in your mouth, the first thing on waking up in the morning.This is done on an empty stomach. Doing so draws out the toxins from your body, improves overall health and works wonders on dental health.

What do you after swishing the oil in your mouth? You spit it out! And brush your teeth as you would each morning

It may sound a little crazy, but it is not. In the last 2 and a half years that I have been Oil Pulling I have visited a dentist only once, that too for a general checkup, which I passed with flying colors.

I use Sunflower Oil or Coconut for my Oil Pulling and as I am swishing the oil in my mouth I finish my morning chores like watering my plants, boiling the milk, getting the tea and coffee ready. I feel fresh after I’ve brushed my teeth and through the day. Try it, you have nothing to lose πŸ™‚

34 thoughts on “O is for… Obbattu #AtoZChallenge

  1. Oh I so love Pooran poli. Have not had it for years. Will you share yout mum’s recipe with me, please?

    I have been hearing of oil pulling for a while, and it’s benefits. How long does one need to swish the oil in the mouth?

    Another great post May.

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  2. And to think that my Puran poli was unique πŸ™
    I first realised it wasn’t when I saw the fat ones in the Parsi RTI. I was also amazed when I saw some in Kochi.
    And Oil Pulling – it’s strange but I just heard about that last month …. is the Universe trying to tell me something ?

  3. Obbattu is something new for me, though I love having Puran Poli. Our Maharashtrian neighbor would send piles of puran polis on special occasions.
    Oil Pulling is interesting. Never heard of it. Would like to try it out!

  4. I love this and the first time I had it in Bangalore only. There is something with just jaggery and I like that too. Don’t know whats it called.
    Never heard of Oil pulling before. But I am going to try it.

  5. Wow! I so love Puranpoli. Never knew about this name though. I had it recently when P’s senior officer invited us for lunch. Should try making it sometime! πŸ™‚

  6. Puran Poli I had when I was in Pune, but it didn’t become my favorite. Oil pulling you’ve been practising since 2 and a half years?!! I read about it sometime back and I doubt I will ever be able to do it!


  7. this is a very interesting post! both Obbattu and oil pulling sound very interesting πŸ™‚ i have heard of oil pulling, but didnt realise its basically only swishing around in the mouth, but for how long?

  8. Miss my Mumbai Days, when I used to savor Puran poli made by my friend’s mother. I had learnt the recipe from her & now indulge in this sweetness very often πŸ™‚

  9. Oh yes puran poli! It’s been a long while since I’ve eaten it πŸ™‚

    This is the first time I’m coming across this concept of Oil pulling. I am a bit scared to try it. Maybe I’ll do so once the braces come off? πŸ˜€

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