Gulpoli (Jaggery paratha)

Gulpoli is a special poli (flatbread) made on Makar Sankrant, the harvest festival. In coastal Maharashtra Jaggery based dishes are primary made in winter and gulpoli is one of the more popular dishes. As the jaggery filling begins to cool the gulpoli turns crispy. Gulpoli is one of my favorite sweet breads.

I made these before my daughter headed to college. I made just eight gulpoli as it was part of a full meal. The dough for this recipe is mixed with hot oil and is super soft. That makes it easy to roll with the filling. If the jaggery seeps out little it is okay. Caramelized jaggery tastes pretty good.

When I first posted this recipe I had made a Maharastrian thali. I did not have very good pictures when I first posted this recipe. On the 25th of January I have updated the pictures.

You will need (for 8)
For the dough
2 cups wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
7 tbsp. olive oil

For the filling
1 cup jaggery
1/4 cup besan
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. polished sesame seeds
2-3 pods cardamon

Heat the olive oil. Put the flours in a mixing bowl and work the hot oil in. Knead the dough using water. Keep aside for a couple of hours. Knead again and divide into lemon sized balls. 

Dry roast the sesame seeds until they turn pinkish. Let cool and using a blender dry grind to a coarse powder. Shell the cardamom and pound to a powder. Cook the besan well in the oil. Combine in a mixing bowl with all the other ingredients for the filling. Keep aside.

Flatten one ball of dough in the palm of your hands.

Place filling in the flattened dough. Bring the edges together and and close at the top. 

On a working surface roll out a thin poli taking care to see the filling stays inside. 

Cook on a flat griddle pan. Put a few drops of oil while the poli is cooking. Serve hot.



  1. I loved these when I had made them sometime back, so delicious and easy to make as well...your parathas have turned out so good!

  2. Besan in an interesting ingredient for the filling. Gulpoli looks thin and crisp.

  3. These holige are absolutely yummy, ideal for any festival here. Yours have come out thin and perfect.

  4. Gul poli sounds delicious , I would love to enjoy it as my dessert !

  5. Wow, interesting dish with besan and jaggery filling. Sounds yummy.

  6. I am bookmarking this recipe to try later Varada. I am sure my son would love it.

  7. Those gulpoli looks so soft and delicious Varada. I want to try these for the family some time.

  8. I have never used besan as part of the filling. Very unique. Love this to bits.

  9. With jaggery and sesame seeds, the filling sounds so yum. I love poli and this version looks absolutely yum.

  10. On my to do list since ages. A very healthy share for the winter months with the goodness of Jaggery and sesame seeds.


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