Festival Thali

For Day 5 of the Thali series, here is another festival thali. The menu was for Sriramnavami (celebrated as the birthday of Lord Sri Ram). I later on came to know that this festive menu is for the day after the festival.

The platter consists of - Panakam, Vadapappu (Moong Dal Salad), Buttermilk, Dosakaya Pappu / Yellow Cucumber Dal, Okra Fry / Bhendi Fry, Pulihora/Tamarind Rice, Rava Bobbattu / Sooji Poli and Rice

In my mom's words  - "On Sriramnavami, we used to go to all our neighbors houses and consume the panakam (jaggery water) and vadapappu (moong salad). So by the time we used to come from the trip, we used to be full and used to forego our meal for the day. So it was essentially a form of fasting which was probably the essence of the festival also.

The onset of summer and the coolants offered sure are coincidental!!
Sooji Poli is a traditional recipe made by many of my aunts and also by my MIL. Some vouch for the deep fried versions called 'Sojjappam'.

Ingredients - 
For the outer cover -
Wheat Flour 2 cups 
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Water as needed to knead the dough
Oil or Ghee to spray 
For the Filling - 
Rava Kesari / Sooji Halwa 1 1/2 cups 
(Note that the nuts have to be excluded from the kesari when it needs to be used as a filling here. We want the kesari to be very smooth.)

Sooji Poli / Rava Bobbatti

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, knead the whole wheat flour with water with a little salt and turmeric into a dough and keep it covered for 10-15 min.

Divide the dough into equal parts (about 10-12) and roll each portion of the dough into small circles. Put in at least a teaspoon of filling and close it into a ball.

Roll out this ball into a thin circle like a roti making sure that the filling doesn't ooze out. Also carefully roll it so the filling spreads out evenly. [Traditionally Poli/Bobbattu made out to at least 6-7 inches. I found making smaller ones to be easier and also good for portion control :)]

Gently place it on a heated tawa/griddle, drizzle a little ghee/oil and cook until both the sides are light brown. Remove the bobbattu from the tawa. Store in an insulated container.

Continue with the rest of the dough. Serve them warm and enjoy!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15. 
Also sending it to Valli's Thali Mela.

Preparation Time 30 min
Makes 10-12


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. What a delicious thali. I love this idea of bobbatlu. I can almost taste it, I mean next time I make sooji halwa, I will try this :)

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Very beautiful and festive Harini..I can have any type of poli you give..:)

  5. Spicy-Aroma Says:
  6. such a delicious and beautiful looking thali..

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Kesari polis are my fav, wish to have some anytime of the day.

  9. Jayanthi Says:
  10. I haven't heard of rava poli...looks absolutely fantastic and very tempting. Should try it soon. Good one Harini!!!

  11. Jayanthi Says:
  12. I haven't heard of rava poli...looks absolutely fantastic and very tempting. Should try it soon. Good one Harini!!!

  13. look warm and delicious and moong dal salad looks interesteing too

  14. Kanan Says:
  15. never heard of rava poli. looks great.

  16. Usha Says:
  17. Delicious thali. I think we make vadapappu with chana dal. I always looked forward to vodapappu & panakam on Sri Rama Navami.

  18. Rasi Says:
  19. simple & nice thali.. i make holige with kesari too :)..& we love it!

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  20. what a spread...we call it sanja poli...loved it when my late grand mom made it for us

  21. Suma Gandlur Says:
  22. Loved everything on thali. Though I don't remember my mother making specials on that day except the vadapapu, panakam and the regular stuff. Like your mother mentioned we would be full visiting all our neighbors homes on Ramnavami day and I miss those days in India. :(
    For us sojjappalu are meant for varalakshmi vratam.

  23. Padmajha Says:
  24. Delicious platter.Haven't used suji for poli. Looks yummy...

  25. rajani Says:
  26. I was born on the day of Sriramanavami, but at home we never used to celebrate the day. Here MIL makes panakam and neer moru, both of which I love.

    The sooji poli/chapati looks very soft and nice. Will try it sometime.

  27. wonderful...super...love the thaali.love all the dishes...a lovely menu.....

  28. beauitful thali n the poli is awesome

  29. preeti garg Says:
  30. look awesome....

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