BiLi HoLige

HoLige is another name for Obbattu (similar to Puran Poli) that we mostly make on festive ocassions. BiLi means ‘white‘ in Kannada.

This recipe is a spicy version of the HoLige instead of the sweet one. It is a really really tasty kind of roti you can say, which can be eaten even without any accompaniments.


Chiroti Rava (Very fine Rava) – 3/4 cup
Maida – 1/4 cup (One of the very very few recipes in which we use this, I hardly bring it home)
Salt – to taste

For the stuffing:

Rice flour – 1 cup
Water – 2 cups

Optional (You can choose to keep the stuffing plain; we added the following this time and it just tasted yummier)

Palak leaves – finely chopped – 1 bunch
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – finely chopped – 2
Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

You can also add methi/ coriander leaves in place of Palak.


Mix the Maida, Rava and salt to taste, and make a dough of the shown consistency.This should be allowed to stay for about 2+ hours.

The dough and the stuffing

Mix all the above ingredients other than the Rice flour to the water and keep it on the gas stove for boiling. Simmer the stove once it starts boiling and add the flour bit by bit mixing it all the time so that it does not form lumps. Leave it like this for about 5 min till all the flour is well cooked. Switch off the flame. Make small round balls of the stuffing and keep  aside.

Now, smear some oil on you left palm, take a lime-sized portion of the dough, place it on your left palm and make a small round structure by patting it lightly with your right hand. Add about a heaped spoonful of the stuffing and fold well on all sides. Keep 2 plastic sheets, both smeared with oil ready. Place the stuffed part on one place the other on the same and gently pat it with your hand till it forms a uniform round structure. Now, place it on a hot girdle and cook on both sides. Add oil as required and cook well on both sides until brown spots appear and fold it on the girdle into half and place it in the hot pack. Make the remaining and arrange all of them alike. And then …… ATTACK!:D

It tastes with a dollop of butter/ghee. We made Capsicum Curry and Brinjal Raita to go with it the last time. Goes well with any of them or even as-is. Enjoy 🙂

P.S: Forgive the poor quality of pics. I had only my mobile cam handy at the time.


Hum along :)

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