Make soft and fluffy boli to enjoy with payasam for Onam sadya

Boli is a must for sadya in the Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts. File Photo

The perfect Onasadya is complete only with delicious payasam on the plantain leaf. In Southern Kerala, boli or a soft and fluffy flatbread too is served along with milk payasam or paalada payasam. Boli is a must for sadya in the Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts. Check out the pretty simple recipe of sweet boli to serve with payasam.

1 cup yellow split gram
2 ½ cups water
1 cup sugar
¼ nutmeg
1 tbsp ghee
¾ cup all-purpose flour
A pinch of turmeric powder
A pinch of salt
2 tbsp sesame oil
Rice powder as required
Ghee as required

Wash the yellow split gram
Cook them in a pressure cooker by adding two and a half cups of water
Turn off the flame after four whistles
Strain the cooled yellow split gram
Now grind this without adding water in the small mixer jar
Take purpose flour, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl
Mix well using your fingers
Add water and mix into a soft dough
Rub sesame oil on the dough and keep aside for at least half an hour
Meanwhile, powder sugar, cardamom and nutmeg
Make sure that the powder is fine
Now transfer the yellow split gram paste and the sugar powder into a thick-bottomed vessel
Cook well until everything is mixed nicely
Add the cooking water if the paste is too thick
Add 1 tbsp ghee when the mixture begins to separate from the sides of the vessel
Cook well into a soft mix that could be rolled into the dough
Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down
Rub some ghee on your palms before scooping lemon-sized balls from the yellow gram dough
Make lemon-sized balls from the all-purpose flour dough too
Press the all-purpose flour balls gently between your palms
Place the yellow gram balls in the centre
Roll them into bigger balls
Sprinkle rice flour on a chapati board
Now roll the boli into thin flatbreads
Cook the boli on a hot pan
Run ghee on both sides to keep them soft and fluffy
Place the tasty boli on the plantain leaf and serve the payasam on top
Mix them and enjoy!

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