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 🙂