Combine the maida, salt and turmeric powder. Add water and start kneading the dough.
Make it into a slightly loose dough.
The dough should be soft not too tight.
Now add 3-4 tblsp of oil on the top and cover the dough.
Keep it covered for 4-5 hours. The more the time it is kept aside the polis will be softer.
METHOD TO MAKE POORNAM:
Dry roast the channa dal for 5 minutes. Take care not to get it burnt.
Soak it in water for 1/2 an hour.
Pressure cook till 2-3 whistles. Completely drain the water.
Let this cool. Once cool, grind this in mixer along with coconut and cardamom powder.
Grind this smoothly. Add jaggery in the last and pulse once or twice.
Poornam is done. If you feel the mixture is bit watery, don’t worry. Add ghee in a pan and saute for 5 minutes in a low flame. The poornam will come to the right consistency.
When it is cool, divide it into 11 equal parts.
Method to make polis
Divide the dough into 12 equal parts.
Take a banana leaf , yes banana leaf works out well for polis. If not available use a zip lock, but you have to be careful while transferring it to the tawa., grease the banana leaf and place a portion of the dough on it.
Spread it with your fingers into a small disc and place the poornam on it.
Close the edges.
With your fingers greased generously with sesame oil gently make polis and make it into a disc shaped one.
Heat a tawa and keep it in a very low flame.
Slowly transfer the banana leaf onto the tawa and take it out gently.
Cook on both sides and smear a tsp of ghee and repeat the same for rest of the dough and poornam.