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Mmmmmm!!, another one of my favorites. This delicacy takes a bit longer to make, but if you get at least 2 friends to join you, it goes quickly and you can have fun doing it as well. The only danger is that you & your friends may eat up all the delicious polis and will have none to serve the family.

Poli is made with a dough which is filled with a delicious mixture of coconut, sesame seeds, powdered almonds, sugar & other ingredients, then deep fried. There are many variations of Poli but this recipe works well and is really yummy. See details below.

I recommend using substitute ingredients for butter, sugar & milk & cream, that may be more suitable for certain health conditions. Also check out Pastry Poli for another most delicious way to make poli, by baking them instead of deep frying.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 100g (approx.6½ tblsps.) butter, grated
  • Approximately 100ml mix of water & milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  • 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
  • 4 tblsps. ground almonds
  • 2 tblsps. semolina/tastee wheat
  • 2 tblsps. roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tblsp. roasted poppy seeds
  • 4 tblsps. condensed milk


  • Sift flour in a bowl. Rub in butter evenly
  • Add liquid to make a soft dough (you may not need all of the water/milk mix.) Cover and set aside
  • Combine filling ingredients in a separate dish and mix well.
  • Divide dough into ping pong sized balls and roll into a thin discs.
  • Add about a tablespoon of filling into the center of each disc. Fold and pinch edges closed.
  • Fry in deep hot oil until golden brown.
  • Drain excess oil on wire rack or paper towels

Delicious Poli ready to be eaten

close uo of polis

close up of a batch of polis


I hope you enjoy using this recipe. I have always had success with it.

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