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Pinwheel Poli

poli pinwheels

I call this Pinwheel Poli because it resembles pinwheels. If you want a really easy way to make delicious poli, then do try this. It uses the same ingredients as Pastry Poli, but the method is far easier.

With this method, all you do is add the poli mixture to a whole sheet of pastry, roll it like swiss-roll, slice, then bake. You will enjoy the same taste, without all the time involved in making individual polis.

If you have a large amount of the mix left over, just put the extra mix into zip lock bags and store them in the freezer. The next time around all you have to do is make this quick pastry.

I recommend using substitute ingredients for butter, sugar, cream & milk that may be more suitable for certain health conditions.

You will need a rolling pin & a board to roll dough


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 8 oz. (500g.) cold butter, grated
  • ½ cup cold milk
  • 1 tblsp. cider vinegar
  • a pinch of salt


  • 2 tbls. ghee
  • 1 tblsp. elachi/cardomom powder
  • 3 cups dessicated coconut
  • 1½ cups sugar (more if you like it really sweet)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp. nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp. rose essence
  • 2 tblsps. ground almonds
  • 2 tblsps. semolina/tastee wheat
  • 2 tblsps. roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tblsp. roasted poppy seeds
  • 4 tblsps. condensed milk


  • Combine & sift salt & flour into a bowl
  • Cut finely or grate butter and crumble into flour. Use a fork.
  • Sprinkle vinegar. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball
  • At this stage use your hands and with some plain flour gather all the little bits of dough
  • Dust the board and rolling pin with flour. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces
  • Gently roll each piece into 2 thick flat rectangles
  • Wrap in clingwrap or plastic bag and refrigerate, 2-3 hours or until the dough feels firm
  • Combine filling ingredients in a separate dish and mix well
  • Remove the dough from the fridge. Sprinkle flour on board and gentlly roll dough
  • Try and get a rectangle or square shape. Then top with poli filling, spreading evenly
  • Now begin rolling from the bottom up, taking care to gather the ends into the roll
  • When it is done, repeat the process with the other piece of dough
  • Refrigerate the rolled dough
  • In an hour remove dough and gently slice dough to create your pinwheels. If pieces break, just push them back into place, (it's still going to taste great)
  • Lay them on a baking tray and bake at 325 degrees F. for 20-30 min. or until just a dark cream color
  • Cool and serve
pastry pinwheel roll

The Pastry is Rolled, ready to be refrigerated, then sliced and baked

pastry pinwheel being rolled

Pastry being rolled like a swiss-roll, filled with poli mixture. The sides are being enclosed

Rolled pastry layered with poli mixture

Rolled pastry layered with poli mixture

dough rolled into a square shape

The pastry is rolled. Now the poli mixture will be added

Indredients for pastry

The first stage or making the pastry


Please note that if you bake this until the pastry is brown, the sugar caramelizes and hardens the filling. So ensure that it is just a cream color-very light fawn color. You will also see some sugar sizzling in the baking dish. This means that it is done. When you see this, switch off the heat and leave in the oven for about 2-3 minutes if it is still a very light color. Then remove from oven.

I hope you enjoy using this recipe. I have used this pastry several times and it does work really well. Since the dough itself has no sweet ingredient, you can use this pastry for a number of pies.

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