Luscious whole wheat flat bread made with dates, milk and sesame seeds.
The festival of Makar Sankrant is approaching. Makar Sankrant is celebrated in various forms all across India, on January 14th. This year my Marathi calendar shows it to be on the 15th. It marks the sun’s travel to Makar (Capricorn) zodiac, which means days start getting longer! I guess I can wait an extra day for that. The winter has been milder is year, so I cannot complain much.
I have written more about this festival and the foods and recipes associated with it in my posts-
Food processor Tilgul
And in Crispy Crunchy Til Chikki
In Tilachi Vadi- A Makar Sankrant Special
The very popular Microwave Sesame Seed Laddus in 1 1/2 minutes
And even the savory mixed vegetable dish made the day before Sankrant called Bhogi-Hence the name Bhogichi Bhaji
Following the principles of Ayurveda, foods that generate heat in our body are eaten during this winter festival. Gul poli is a sweet bread made with a stuffing made of jaggery, sesame seeds and a touch of besan/ chickpea flour.
I decided to use dates instead of the jaggery for its taste and natural sweetness. I soaked the dates in warm milk and then blended them. This was then used to knead the dough. I did add roasted sesame seeds and besan to the whole wheat flour.
This is a quick and easy Khajurachi Poli to get these nutritious ingredients in our diet at this time of the year, without any added sugar.
However, my recipe made a very lightly sweetened Khajurachi Poli. You may need to increase the dates or add some jaggery if you like the poli sweet. Kneading the dough in milk made for a luscious texture for the Khajurachi Poli and the dough was super easy to roll.
This recipe for Khajurachi Poli was so easy to make that I felt I can make it at any time for our dinner. Here is the step by step pictorial-
Everyday Khajurachi Poli
- 1/2 cup warm milk. I used 1% milk
- 1/2 cup chopped dates, about 10 dates
- 1 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds/ til
- 1 1/2 tablespoon besan/ chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- flour to roll the dough
- 1 tablespoon ghee to top and additional to serve (optional)
To make the Everyday Khajurachi Poli-
- To the warmed milk, add the chopped dates. Let them soak for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, on a low flame, roast the sesame seeds on a dry skillet for about 3 ~ 4 minutes. Let them cool. Roast the besan for another 3~4 minutes or until fragrant.
- Grind the sesame seeds.
- Mix together the ground sesame seeds, besan, cardamom powder, salt and the whole wheat flour.
- In a blender, blend together the dates and milk until smooth. See pic 1 above.
- Mix the dry ingredients and knead to make a soft dough dough. I needed exactly one cup of wheat flour to make the dough the same consistency as chappati dough.
- Divide the dough into 8 parts.
- Roll each ball of dough on a floured board in a circle about 8″ in diameter.
- Roast the Khajurachi Poli on a medium hot griddle. Top with a little ghee and serve.
Note- This is a very lightly sweetened Khajurachi Poli. If you want it sweeter, add more dates or jaggery powder.
Wishing you a Happy Sankrant!