Puran poli is a sweet flatbread, wherein the bread – made with flour (plain or wheat flour, with gram flour added in) – is stuffed with a mixture made from chana dal (split yellow gram), jaggery, ghee, water and seasoning (cardamom or nutmeg powder). Variations include the use of chopped nuts or grated coconut in the stuffing. The rolled bread is cooked on a hot pan with a bit of oil or ghee added to make it crispy on the outside.
Puran poli is commonly made in many western and southern Indian states (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, for example). It is made on festive occasion, and is topped with a bit of ghee before being served. The use of lentils make it a healthy, protein-rich food, and the use of jaggery ensures that the sweetness is not excessive.