Bakshalu – Green Gram Stuffed Sweet Flatbread

A top down view of a stack of bakshalu ~ sweet flatbread with a bowl of ghee

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Bakshalu are cooked lentils stuffed, sweet Indian flatbread. It makes a delicious dessert and a snack!

A top down view of a stack of bakshalu ~ sweet flatbread with a bowl of ghee

Theme of the Week

My theme for this week’s blogging marathon is stuffed flatbreads from around the world. The first in the series is Bakshalu from Telangana, India. Bakshalu are prepared on special occasions and on Ugadi.

Festival of Ugadi

According to Hindu calendar, for those who follow lunar cycle Ugadi marks the beginning of a New Year. Every year the date changes according to the calendar but always falls in March or early April. This year it is March 18th. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the festival is Ugadi, in Karnataka it is Yugadi and in Maharashtra it is Gudi Padwa.

A stack of bakshalu with a bowl of ghee on top


Regardless of the region, it is the beginning of a New Year and that means celebration! Whenever there is a celebration, food is always at the center stage. One of the customs in many households is preparation of poornam. Poornam in Telugu or puran in Hindi is the filling for bakshalu (flatbread) and is prepared with lentils and, sugar or jaggery.

Puran poli is the popular stuffed sweet flatbread from Maharashtra and it’s cousin is bakshalu. Similar flatbreads are prepared in different regions of India; bakshalu in Telangana, bobbatlu in Andhra, and holige or obbattu in Karnataka, to name a few. The main ingredients for poornam or puran are chana dal (Bengal gram) and sugar or jaggery. However, at my parents & in-laws place, and in our family circles, it is moong dal and sugar.

Besides bakshalu and Ugadi pachadi, the other staple at home is mamidikaya (mango) pulihora. The first crop of raw green mangoes just begin to flood the markets around this time of the year. So, mango pulihora rules over other varieties of pulihora, making it a staple for Ugadi.

A stack of bakshalu with a bowl of ghee on top

Why Bakshalu for the this theme?

I usually do not plan and post recipes according to the season & events of the month. When I picked stuffed flatbreads theme, the plan was to post stuffed flatbreads from various countries and none from India. Since Ugadi is this month, I figured I rather post a recipe appropriate for this month than a random recipe. Also, all the puran poli, bobbatlu and bakshalu recipes I came across online are with chana dal. I found none with moong dal/green gram and hence, this is one more incentive to post this recipe this week.

A stack of half folded bakshalu with a bowl of ghee on the stack.

How to make Bakshalu ~ Stuffed Sweet Indian Flatbread

Bakshalu - Moong dal stuffed sweet flatbread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Bakshalu are sweet, moong dal stuffed flatbread or puran poli.
Course: Dessert, Snack, Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 10 pieces
Cover ~ Poli ~ Bread
  • 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ - ⅔ cups Water
  • Oil, to shape and cook bakshalu
  • 1 cup Moong Dal ~ Green Gram
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 ¼ cup Granulated Sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Seeds, powdered
  1. Mix flour and  salt in a wide bowl.

  2. Pour ½ cup of water and make the dough. Add more water if required.
  3. When the flour comes together, knead the dough for 3-5 minutes until soft.

  4. Cover and keep aside for 1 - 2 hours.
  1. Wash dal, and cook with 2 cups of water.

  2. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the flame to medium - medium low and cook until dal is soft.

  3. Continue cooking dal until water evaporates.

  4. Add sugar, cook until sugar melts and the puran/poornam comes together leaving the sides of the pan. Keep stirring intermittently all through this step.

  5. Reduce the flame the continue cooking until melted sugar and cooked dal  solidifies. 

  6. To a test if poornam is done, take a teaspoon of poornam and let it cool.  Then shape it into a ball using fingers and if poornam is very sticky, and unable to shape it into a ball, that means it needs to cook a little longer.

  7. Turn off the heat when poornam is done, let it cool. 

To make Bakshalu
  1. Divide poornam into 10-12 parts and shape into a small lemon sized balls.

  2. Similarly, divide the dough into 10 - 12 parts. Size of each part of the dough  should be smaller than the size of poornam balls.

  3. Take a ziploc bag or a plastic sheet, apply some oil using fingers.
  4. Press a dough ball with fingers to make a small disc. One can do this step even by pressing the dough on the hand.

  5. Place one poornam ball on the dough disc and seal it to make a round ball. Similarly, stuff rest of the poornam balls.

  6. Apply some oil on a ziploc or plastic bag. Press each poornam stuffed dough into a thin flatbread using fingers. Keep turning the plastic sheet around to get an even and thin flatbread.

  7. Heat a pan/griddle/tava. When the griddle is hot, place the flatbread/baksham on one palm, peel of the plastic bag with other hand and gently place the baksham on the hot griddle.

  8. Drop about ¾ - 1 tsp of oil around the baksham, cook on medium flame until it is cooked, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  9. Flip baksham and drop more oil around the baksham and cook for another minute or 2.
  10. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  11. Repeat the same with rest of the bakshalu.

  12. Once the bakshalu are cool, store in an airtight container for at least 2-3 days at room temperature and up to 15 - 30 days or even longer in the refrigerator.

  13. Before serving, warm baksham in the microwave for 10 - 15 seconds and serve with some ghee.

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Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#86

A long vertical pin designed for Pinterest.  One image is a plate of bakshalu (Sweet flatbread) with a bowl of ghee and another image is stack of bakshalu folded in half with a bowl of ghee.

23 thoughts on “Bakshalu – Green Gram Stuffed Sweet Flatbread

  1. The pictures are so stunning Usha, all the clicks are so inviting..very apt one for the Ugadi thats coming around. While its always chana dal for us, we do often make with moong dal as well..

    1. At friends places I always ate chana dal poli and wondered if anyone else makes it with moong dal. Good to know even others make it with moong dal, Valli.

  2. Lovely pictures and I loved your way of writing, first letting know the theme, the festival and then….I have tasted puran poli and I am sure this must have tasted very good too.

  3. wow that a delicious stack of bakshalu 🙂 We make puran poli and poli the similar way.. am so tempted to grab one from the screen , wish I could. Love how you explain about why Bakshalu 🙂 Wishing you advanced ugadi, will be waiting for your bakshalu parcel 😀 Jokes apart wonderful recipe and your photography is too gud 🙂 love the hand painted BG ..

  4. When I posted the moong dal poli a few months back, I also thought that it was rare to be making bobbattu with moong dal. I later came to know that in certain communities, it is a standard bobbatu 🙂 Your choice is perfect for the upcoming festival season.

  5. This dish is my nemesis…I have tried it thrice and failed spectacularly every time. Maybe it was the chana dal & jaggery ?….I will try with moong dal and sugar. Your pictures are stunning ….am an absolute fan.

    1. Sowmya, it is the consistency of the puran. If you get that right, rest is all easy. I am assuming that is the case even with chana dal and jaggery.

  6. Perfect recipe at the perfect timing… Happy Ugadi Usha. I have always tried obbatu either with my mom or with chithi. Never tried alone. Yet to try by myself.

  7. I make chini paratha (sugar stuff flatbread), did not use lentil with it. Sounds interesting. I have been thinking to make this with jaggery n yellow lentil mix. Clicks are awesome.

  8. Love the name usha, bakshalu, i first thought it is a category name, as we say bakshanam for all the sweets and savories we make for festivities.
    I feel like making these as i read thru your steps! looks perfect !!!

  9. Bakshalu with moong dal is new to me Usha. We usually make with chana dal, but moong dal poornam sounds much easier to make. Your clicks are very tempting.

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