Thursday, March 19, 2009

One for Holi

A lofty dollop of the 'sweeter-than-honey' chana-dal paste slid slyly between two innocuous, thin wheat flour rolls, like the mischief of a naughty kid comes veiled under the guise of innocence, and bathed under a liberal shower of home-made ghee...that's Puranpoli for the gourmand and the gourmet alike.
Puranpoli is a Maharashtrian-special delicacy, often prepared on the occasion of Holi. The whole process of preparing Puranpoli is quite tedious, requires a lot of time, skill and patience. But the whole exercise, when finished, bears a very sweet and delightful fruit.However there is a caveat attached. If you are planning to rush to the office or college, after indulging yourself with few hefty helpings of Puranpoli, then boss, you are in for a shock. Even the most energetic of men, I have seen them turning into sloth bears after such an heavy intake. It is extremely high on calorie and fat content and with ample of sleep-inducing agents, like a handsome sprinkle of Nutmeg powder, added to it, only a hearty siesta can do justice to the treat. Needless to say,it is the ultimate torture for the abstemious. For exactly these reasons, first it being heavy on digestion and secondly, time consuming, it is only prepared on select occasions during the year,like Holi in March and the Mahalaxmi Puja in September.So it is an eagerly awaited prospect. These days,you can find it in few restaurants,as well. But then none of them can match Aai's impeccable mixture off ingredients, her mastery over packing the paste in those wafer thin layers, its smooth texture, the silky-soft morsel that simply melts in your mouth without
making a fuss. You know what, year after year,season after season Aai's Puranpoli has transcended the realm of reality and has garbed around itself, the aura of a legend.

6 comments:

Joe said...

Chirp chirp.. heya! :)

Slurrrrrp!! Puran Poli Ehh! or just explaining it should I say, "A lofty dollop of the 'sweeter-than-honey' chana-dal paste slid slyly between two innocuous, thin wheat flour rolls, like the mischief of a naughty kid comes veiled under the guise of innocence, and bathed under a liberal shower of home-made ghee!" heheh.

How can you guys write so well that too on Puran-poli :O :P What so may,its indeed sweeter than your other posts.. :)

Btw, you could have said "Hey Joe, 'KAPIL'here", instead of using 'Phaneromaniac' ;) heheh

Latersss.. keep posting...
Cheers! :)

GAJANAN PATIL said...

@ Kapil's post - Though Pranpoli is a speciality on holi and mahalaxmi puja but no shastra or puran says that it should be made only on these occasions and if you really want to enjoy puranpoli then i suppose you must eat it over 3-4 meals i mean lunch - dinner - lunch - dinner and i promise you an addition of at least 1 Kg in Wt. Try it.

@ Joe - As far as writing skills are concerned its something that comes naturally only to a genius few and undoubtedly kapil happens to be one of them

Joe said...

@ Gajanan..
Yeahh!! Its evident apparently evident from his previous posts.. :)

Phaneromaniac said...

@Gajanan,Joe - tanks a lot for saying all those nice thngs.

@Joe - For Phaneromaniac, 'Kapil' doesn't exist, so no point in luking for 'Kapil' in him.

so long.

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GAJANAN PATIL said...

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enjoy this with a puranpoli and that would make u a sweet french speaker