Shravan Special Recipes | Sanjyachi Poli

Shravan Special Recipes-Sanjyachi poli is a traditional Maharashtrian Sweet flatbread stuffed with Sanja. Sanja is nothing but Sheera or Suji Halwa made with Jaggery. Its outer layer is made with wheat flour. It is a simple and nutritious dish that can be prepared in a short time.

Shravan Special Recipes | Sanjyachi Poli
Sanjyachi Poli

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Cuisine: Maharashtrian

Servings: 10

Preparation: 20 Minutes.

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.

Type: Main Course

Served with: Ghee

Shravan Month

Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. It is a very pious and important month for the entire Indian subcontinent. For many Hindus, the month of Shravana is a month of fasting. The sacred month is considered to be a holy month in the Hindu calendar because of the numerous festivals that are celebrated during this time. Also, Shravan is called as the month of Lord Shiva.

Deep Amavasya is the beginning of sacred rituals for the whole month of Shravan, followed by fasting on Mondays, Mangala Gouri Vrat, Naga Chaturthi and Naga Panchami, Mahalaxmi sthapan, Vara Mahalaxmi Vratam, Krishna Janmashtami and later Ganeshotsava in Bhadrapada Month.

As said Shravan is the month of many festivals. And there is a long list of special recipes made to offer as Naivedyam. Fasting recipes like Sabudana Khichadi, Sweet Potato Kheer, and Batata Recipes are made. And festival special recipes such as Pooran Poli, Kadabu, Numerous Ladoos, and Kheer are made for Naivedyam.

One of the Shravan special recipes is Sanjyachi Poli or Sweet Flat Bread stuffed with Sanja or Suji halwa. 

Ingredients

For Dough:

  • Wheat Flour: Two bowls
  • Oil or Ghee: Two Tea Spoons
  • Salt: Half teaspoon
  • Water: As required

For Sanja:

  • Fine Rava or Suji: Two bowls
  • Ghee: 4-5 Tea Spoons
  • Dry Fruits: Four teaspoons
  • Jaggery: One and a half bowls
  • Cardamom powder:  1/2 teaspoon
  • Water: Four Bowls.
  • Grated Coconut: a half bowl (Optional)

Shravan Special Recipes-Sanjyachi Poli

Making Dough:

Take two bowls of wheat flour, salt and oil in a big bowl. Mix well, then start making the dough by adding a small amount of water in parts. Knead into a soft dough just like for making chapatis.

Making Sanja:

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan or Kadai add two spoons of ghee and fry mixed dry fruits till crunchy. Take them out, cool completely and make powder of them.
  2. In the same Kadai add three teaspoons of ghee and roast the sooji on medium flame till it turns aromatic and pink in colour.
  3. Add in water and bring it to a boil. Then add jaggery and stir and mix well to melt it. Add freshly grated coconut.
  4. Once jaggery water starts boiling slow down the gas flame and add roasted suji slowly. Stir and mix well to avoid lumps.
  5. Cook till suji absorbs water and becomes like halwa.
  6. Add Cardamom powder and mix well. Also powdered dry fruits. Give it a good mix and then switch off the gas. Let it cool.

Making Sanjyachi Poli:

  1. Make lemon-sized balls out of the dough.
  2. Take one dough ball and roll it a little.
  3. Take a ball-sized Sanja ball and place it on the rolled dough.
  4. Cover it completely with dough and make a round ball.
  5. Roll it slowly applying some wheat flour.
  6. Heat Tawa and place the rolled Sanja poli on it. Roast it on medium flame applying ghee or oil. After one minute flip the poli and roast it on another side.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  8. Enjoy Sanjyachi poli with ghee.

Sanjyachi Poli in step-by-step photos.

Sanjyachi Poli

Shravan Special Recipes-Sanjyachi poli is a traditional Maharashtrian Sweet flatbread stuffed with Sanja. Sanja is nothing but Sheera or Suji Halwa made with Jaggery. Its outer layer is made with wheat flour. It is a simple and nutritious dish that can be prepared in a short time.

Wheat Flour

Shravan Special Recipes | Sanjyachi Poli

Take two bowls of wheat flour, salt and oil in a big bowl.

Kneading Dough

Shravan Special Recipes | Sanjyachi Poli

start making the dough by adding a small amount of water in parts. Knead into a soft dough just like for making chapatis.

Sanja Ingredients

Ingredients For making Sanja

Ingredients

Frying Dry Fruits

Frying Dry Fruits

In a heavy bottomed pan or Kadai add two spoons of ghee and fry mixed dry fruits till crunchy. Take them out, cool completely and make powder of them.

Roasting Suji

Roasting Suji

In the same Kadai add three teaspoons of ghee and roast the sooji on medium flame till it turns aromatic and pink in colour.

Melting Jaggery in Water

Melting Jaggery in water

Add in water and bring it to a boil. Then add jaggery and stir and mix well to melt it. Add freshly grated coconut.

Adding Suji

Sanja

Once jaggery water starts boiling slow down the gas flame and add roasted suji slowly. Stir and mix well to avoid lumps. Cook till suji absorbs water and becomes like halwa.

Sanja after Cooling

Cooled Sanja

Sanja after cooling.

Stuffing Sanja in the Dough

Make lemon-sized balls out of the dough. Take one dough ball and roll it a little. Take a ball-sized Sanja ball and place it on the rolled dough. Cover it completely with dough and make a round ball.

Rolling Poli

Rolled Poli

Roll it slowly applying some wheat flour.

Roasting Sanjyachi Poli

Roasting Poli

Heat Tawa and place the rolled Sanja poli on it. Roast it on medium flame applying ghee or oil. After one minute flip the poli and roast it on another side.

Why Shravan is Called Lord Shiva’s Month

It is believed that during this month Lord Shiva consumed the poison “Haalahala” to save the world during the Samudra Manthana. In the process of churning the Ksheera Sagara or Milk Ocean to get the “Amruth” for immortality, Vasuki the Shesha Naga which is used as rope for churning; started emitting Haalahala of the poison.

Lord Shiva acted immediately acted and consumed it. But Maa Parvati held Lord Shiva’s neck so that poison should not go down in his body. So, the poison stayed in the neck of Lord Shiva turning his neck blue. Thus, Lord Shiva is called “Neelkanth”. In order to reduce the effect of poison Devas bathed Shiva with milk. This ritual continued and devotees bath Shivalinga with milk and water during this month.

Shravan Special Recipes:

  1. Pooran Poli recipe
  2. Steamed Kadabu
  3. Besan Ladoo Recipe
  4. Coconut Ladoo
  5. Masala Bhat Recipe

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