Gul Pohe Vadi

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Easy- No syrup needed- Gul Pohe Vadi or Burfi

Gul is jaggery, pohe is flattened rice and vadi is burfi. Pohe being one of Lord Krishna’s favorite foods, are offered to Him for the Janmashtami festival, which celebrates His birth. I love the mythological story about Sudama’s gift of pohe for Lord Krishna. It teaches us all a valuable lesson that gifts given from the heart are far more precious than any other gifts.

Gul pohe are made with jaggery, coconut, ghee, nutmeg and cardamom mixed with flattened rice or pohe. They are not a favorite with my kids. So I decided to make a vadi/burfi with similar ingredients adding almonds and roasted dal/dalia to it too.

This is a ‘no syrup making skills required’ recipe! Many people are nervous about the right consistency of jaggery syrups, especially here in America, as we do not get a type of jaggery made especially for desserts. So I experimented and came up with this easy recipe that needs no syrup. Plus the mixture is so pliable that you can take your time rolling it, unlike the syrup recipes where you have to handle the hot mixture or the vadi falls apart! Needless to say the palms of your hands are not happy with that recipe:)

So the yummy Gul Pohe Vadi is a winner all around! I especially loved the crispy texture of this vadi and the fact that I could sneak in all the nutrition of the almonds, coconut, dalia and the iron rich pohe, jaggery and dates. It is a great gluten free snack with a vegan option in recipe too.

This is what I did-

I used thin pohe for this recipe. Microwave the pohe on high for 1 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. The pohe then look curled and crisp. Set them aside to cool.

Next I toasted the almonds, dalia and dry shredded coconut on a teaspoon of ghee. Start with the almonds and toast them lightly then add the dalia. Stir fry for a few seconds and add the shredded coconut. Stir until it is toasted to a golden brown color and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

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The toasted almonds,dalia and the shredded coconut

I used my mini food processor to pulse the pohe- just 2 to 3 times is enough.

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Toasted pohe broken in little bits

I also pulsed the almond mixture 3 times to turn them into smaller bits. I reserved 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mixture aside.

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Almond mixture broken up in little bits

And combined the rest with the pohe.

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The mixture to be combined with the jaggery and the dates

In the food processor bowl, add the jaggery and the dates. Pulse until it is broken down into little bits and is gooey.

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Jaggery and the dates pulsed together in the food processor

Add the pohe-almond mixture, sea salt, cardamom and nutmeg and keep pulsing the food processor until the mixture comes together and is all clumped.

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Gul Pohe Vadi ready to roll!

Remove the mixture to a greased plate. I have used a baking mat. Roll the mixture out with a rolling pin.

Roll out the clumped Gul Pohe Vadi mixture
Roll out the clumped Gul Pohe Vadi mixture to about 1/4 inch thickness

Add the reserved almond-coconut mixture on top and roll again. The mixture is pretty pliable and easy to roll.

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Top with the reserved almond, dalia and coconut mixture
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Close up of mixture rolled to about 1/2 inch thickness

Cut into square or diamond shapes!

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Cut into diamonds or squares

Gul Pohe Vadi

  • Servings: 20 to 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup thin poha (flattened rice)
  • 1 teaspoon ghee +some to grease the plate. Or coconut oil for a vegan option.
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup dalia (roasted chana dal)
  • ¼ cup shredded dry coconut
  • ½ cup jaggery
  • 10 dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 5 green cardamoms, shelled and seeds powdered
  • about 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

To make the Gul Pohe Vadi-

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the pohe on high for 1 ½ minute, stirring the pohe every 30 seconds. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a pan heat the ghee or coconut oil and toast the almonds, dalia and the shredded coconut in that order, until golden brown and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the pohe until broken into smaller bits. Remove.
  4. Add the almond mixture and pulse until the mixture is broken into smaller bits. Remove and set aside about 3 tablespoons of this mixture.
  5. Add the jaggery and the dates to the food processor bowl, and pulse the mixture until it becomes a gooey mixture.
  6. Add the pohe, the rest of the almond mixture, sea salt, cardamom powder and the nutmeg powder. Pulse the mixture until it all mixes well and is all clumped together.
  7. Remove from the food processor and roll on a greased plate or surface to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Add the reserved nut mixture on top and lightly roll again to embed them into the vadi/burfi.
  9. Cut into diamond or square shape.

This easy to make, Gul Pohe Vadi is a hit at our home and I hope that you and your family like it too!

Wishing you a happy weekend!




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    1. Aruna, I am truly flattered and humbled to get such a huge compliment form an accomplished person like you! thank you so much!
      Happy Krishna Janmashtami to you too. My kids used to eat a tiny bit of gul pohe because it was prasadam but will eat more of these vadis for sure:)

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  1. Gorgeous Sandhya, all my favorite ingredients and I like how you’ve implemented it to suit your family’s tastebuds. I’ve been hearing about this festival coming up through other blogs too, such mouth-watering treats. How else do you celebrate other than making these gorgeous sweets?

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    1. Thank you Loretta. The gul pohe as such kind of get mushy. So I was happy that I could turn them into a crunchy snack that the children will love.
      The big celebration in Maharshtra at this time is also a ‘dahi hundi’ strung very high and people create human pyramids to get the hundi which has gifts and money all with singing an dancing going on around them


    1. Sandhya,
      This is Vani from Shishubharati NH and I am amazed at your varied talents.
      All your recipes look great and the title of your blog is so appropriate. This will come in handy for all the busy Moms/kids out there.

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    1. Thank you Robin. I liked the turquoise color of that plate too.So glad to know that the instructions/explanations are clear. I am usually chasing my tail with the posts, so many times my posts are written in a hurry. You seem to be very organized with your brilliant posts. They never seem rushed.

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      1. Your posts never sound frustrated or rushed. You are a professional, my dear. You hide this well, what you were sharing. My posts were so long and lots of research that now, I try to be more carefree and shorter in my words usage. 🙂

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  2. I trust kids since they don’t have a “filter” and say what they like or not, despite how we are trying to get to speak up.
    Sandhya, if your children love this dessert, I need to try it someday. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Rita! That is such a sweet comment! I feel that way when I read your recipes for the mouthwatering Parsi cuisine too.


  3. Sandhya I am so happy that I tried making these today n is super hit at our house..Sara my 10yr old loved it who is very picky eater.. Thanks a lot..

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    1. Roopali, I am so glad that you made it and that Sara loved it! Thank you so much for letting me know. Truly appreciate your kind words.


  4. Beautiful dish!!! I must try this; poha, nuts, jaggery and dates…what is not to love? Thanks for sharing dear 🙂


  5. This is such a delectable and healthy treat specially for kids. Love the process shots and beautifully presented as well 😍😍


  6. The Gul pohe vadi has all the healthy ingredients in it..your step wise detailed recipes sounds infallible and the dessert looks absolutely delish. What else can i say ?


  7. These days I am noticing a lot many recipes with poha. Really I find it it a great point. I love this gul pohe vadi recipe, adding dry fruits it surely makes an energy bite for everyone. Bookmarked this.


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