Holige Recipe

holige recipe

The holige recipe enables you prepare the mouth-watering sweet food, holige. It is also known as obbattu or obattu, bobbatlu, or puran poli. This food is usually prepared on the festival days like Ugadi, Vara Maha Lakshmi Vrata and Diwali. Toor dal, jaggery / unrefined sugar, cardamom powder, maida, fine rava / chiroti rava are the main ingredients of the holige recipe.

Coconut gratings can also be added to make the filling / hoorana for the holige while frying the jaggery and toor dal.

Learn how to make obbattu, with this recipe, for festivals or special events. Serve obbattu with plenty of fresh ghee to increase the taste of this cuisine.

Some like to eat obbattu with just the ghee and some others with the ghee and milk / coconut milk. In the latter case, ghee is spread on a holige, and half- to one-cup of milk is poured over it.

It is almost common to prepare holige in large quantities, so it can be enjoyed for a few more days after the festival day!

Cover the holiges only when these are fully cooled. Otherwise, these might be spoiled sooner.

The holiges can be stored at room temperature for about 2 days.

Here is another method, which is easier and faster, to make obbattu. But the recipe that follows is the traditional way of making holige.

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Make obbattu saaru, also known as holige saaru, a delicious sambar, from the liquid that is left over after cooking the toor dal for making the obbattu.

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Quantity: Twelve Obbattus


Filling / Hoorana:

1. Toor dal / togari bele 1 cup
2. Jaggery / brown sugar about one tablespoon less than 1cup
3. Cardamom powder 1/8 teaspoon
4. Turmeric 2 pinches
5. Oil 1 teaspoon

Dough / Kanaka:

1. Maida 3/4 cup
2. Fine rava / chiroti rava 3/4 cup
3. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
4. Salt 1 pinch
5. Oil

How to make the Dough?

1. Sieve maida, fine rava, turmeric and salt together.
2. Make a soft dough using water.

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3. Transfer the dough to a utensil. Add water to it, so that the dough is immersed in the water completely.

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4. Keep aside for two to three hours.
5. Drain the water completely.
6. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil. Knead the dough, using your fingers till the dough becomes soft. When you pull-up small quantity of the dough, it should stretch without breaking. If it does not stretch, add little water and knead again. The soft dough is called kanaka.

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7. Smear the dough with little oil. Cover with a bowl upside down. Keep aside for at least one hour to make soft holiges.

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How to make the Toor Dal Filling?

1. Wash toor dal. Add about four cups of water, two pinches of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of oil. Cook till the dal is just tender. Do not cook till the dal is soft.

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2. Separate the water from the dal, using a strainer. Keep aside the water to make sambar.

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3. Break the jaggery into small pieces.

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4. Fry the jaggery pieces and toor dal in a thick-bottomed kadai. After few minutes, turn the flame to low and keep mixing. Otherwise, the mixture will get burnt quickly.

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5. First, the mix becomes little watery. After sometime it becomes thick.

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Add cardamom powder. Mix. Switch off the stove. If you are going to use tilter / grinder, set aside the mixture to cool.
6. Grind this mixture to a paste. This is called filling / hoorana.

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7. Transfer the filling to a bowl. Keep this bowl in a utensil containing cold water. Cover the utensil with a wet cloth. This step is not necessary, if you are using a tilter / grinder.

How to make Obbattu?

1. Make lemon-sized balls from the filling.

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2. Spread little oil on an entire holige or butter paper.
3. Coat your fingers with oil.

Place about lemon-size portion of the dough on the holige paper

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4. Spread the dough to the size of a poori.

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5. Place one ball of the filing in the center of the dough.

Cover the filling completely with the dough, by lifting its edges and placing them on the top of the filling.

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6. Reverse the dough and press it lightly.

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7. Spread the dough into a thin holige, using your fingers or a rolling pin.

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8. Heat a tawa. Spread little oil.
9. Place the holige paper upside-down on the tawa.

Peel the holige paper.

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10. Wait for 1-2 minutes. When the holige color changes, sprinkle few drops of oil and flip the holige. Cook till both sides turn to golden brown.

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Holige / obbattu / bele holige / bobbatlu / puran poli is ready.

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TIPS How to make Obbattu?
1. If you are using a mixer for grinding, grind the dal mixture when it is still hot. Otherwise, it will not grind.
2. Always cook the holige on heat, which is a little above the low level.
3. You can decrease or increase the water quantity when cooking the dal, depending on the quantity of sambar you wish to make.
4. For a different taste of the holige, use channa dal with toor dal.
5. If you use an utensil, rather than a pressure cooker, to cook the dal, it could overflow. To prevent this, smear the inner side of the utensil, near the rim, with ghee or cooking oil. Also, insert a ladle / spatula in the utensil.

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