Mum's Traditional Poli

Diwali Recipe : Mum’s Traditional Poli

For as long as I can remember my mum has always made poli at Diwali.  This deep fried coconut, almond & raisin filled pastry has always been a favourite 🙂



  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 50g melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Oil for deep frying



Dry toast coconut lightly.

Allow to cool

Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well.

Set aside.


Mix the flour & melted butter together.

Add milk a little at a time to form a soft dough.

Knead to a smooth, soft consistency.

Roll out dough to approx 4mm thin (very thin).

Use a scone cutter (or a cup brim) to cut out circle shapes.  Keep going until all the dough is used up.

Place a tablespoon of the filling into one side of each circle.

Fold over the other half of the circle and ‘pinch’ the edges closed.

Flatten with a fork to achieve a decorative edge.

Deep fry the polis in oil until crisp.

Remove and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Enjoy! 🙂


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