Jeera Poli /Jeera Boli

We are entering the final week of Blogging Marathon #69 edition and this week is going to be an interesting theme with fewer ingredients.

I chose to share 4 ingredients recipe and for this theme the main ingredients to be 4.Any ingredient less than a teaspoon and garnishing cannot be considered.For day1,I am sharing a sweet recipe called jeera boli/poli,quiet popular in Madurai.

Jeera poli is simple yet easy to make sweet in which a fried poori is soaked in a jeera/sugar syrup and garnished.Hence the name Jeera Poli/boli. Garnishing the poli can be done with  chopped nuts and desiccated coconut.The garnishing is purely personal choice and availability of the ingredients.

                                                    Jeera Poli/Jeera Boli

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Makes ~ 8-10


All purpose flour/maida
1 cup
3/4 cup
1/2 tsp
for frying pooris
Cardamom powder/ellakai
a pinch
Orange or yellow food color
a pinch
Desiccated coconut and
chopped nuts
as needed to garnish

  • In  a mixing bowl take the all purpose flour,salt .Mix it well.Heat the pan with 2 tbs of oil and once it becomes hot add it to the flour and mix it thoroughly.Knead it with water and make a stiff dough.
  •  Let it rest for 30-40 minutes.Meanwhile in a pan take the sugar  and add water.Let it boil in a medium flame,till it becomes slightly thick.No need of any string consistency.Finally add the cardamom powder and food color.Put off the flame.
  • Divide the dough into 10 equal parts and roll into a smooth ball.Roll it into qa 3-4 inch disc.Apply some oil and fold it into half.
  • Then into quarter then roll it into a thin triangle.Continue for the rest of the dough balls.Heat oil in a pan and once it becomes hot fry it like a poori.
  • Remove it from the oil and drop it in the sugar syrup(jeera) and soak it for a minute.Then sprinkle the  desiccated coconut and chopped nuts.Arrange it on a plate.
  • Store it in an air tight container.

  • Round pooris can be made and fried then can be folded into half and served.
  • If the pooris are puffed up while frying also fine.Anyway its dipped in sugar syrup and served.
  • Saffron can also be added in the sugar syrup,for extra flavor.


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Jeera poli looks so.delicious Nalini! This is new to me though.. Your pictures are as usual very apealing to the eyes..

wow! looks so delicious and tempting.. Perfect presentation.. This is also called Bombay kaja?

Never heard of it. Looks yummy.

Very very tempting and interesting ! I have bookmarked , i love flour based sweets , and this poli sounds just my kinds .

these look so delicious - OMG I want to try one right now!

Wow it looks too sinful. The pictures are amazing Nalini.

My grandma makes this poli often, ur pictures are ultimate Nalini.

Initially, I thought there was cumin in it. :))
These polis sound mouthwatering.

I am not sure my earlier comment went through.

Looks like Badami puri which I made sometime back. Love it!

This one is stunning yaar..too good..:)

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