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Gayri Rotli, in Gujarati translates to “sweet roti” and is eaten during various festivals, such as Holi. Holi is known as the festival of colors and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Many of you may be familiar with the Color Run which is based on Holi. This sweet treat is traditionally made by making a whole wheat flatbread and then stuffing it with a sweet lentil filling. This is a special treat which is made on rare occasions due to the intensive nature of making it as well as the skill required to stuff the rotis perfectly. Thanks to the Instant Pot, the filling is made in no time. We also put a twist on the traditional version by making colorful bites instead of stuffing the rotis. Our “Holi Bites” are easy to serve at parties which will be loved by children and adults alike.
Serves: 4
  1. Into the steel liner of the Instant Pot, add the chana dal
  2. Add ghee and water
  3. Close and lock the lid on the Instant Pot
  4. Turn the vent to sealing to prevent steam from escaping
  5. Press PRESSURE COOK on the Instant Pot (3 qt)
  6. Set timer to 20 minutes
  7. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes
  8. After 10 minutes, manually release the steam by opening the vent
  9. The silver prong will drop back into the lid. BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
  10. The silver prong will drop back into the lid once the pressure has released
  11. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  12. Carefully open the lid
  13. Using the potato masher, mash the cooked dal into a smooth consistency
  14. (If the mixture seems dry, add water to help mash)
  15. Turn on the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode+
  16. Add the jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and coconut to the dal mixture
  17. Mix well to incorporate all ingredients
  18. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot
  19. Carefully remove the dal mixture into a large bowl plate
  20. Place bowl or plate in the refrigerator to cool
  21. At this point, you can use this filling to make the traditional gayri rotli/puran poli by rolling wheat rotis and stuffing them with the mixture and cooking them on a hot griddle with ghee
  22. If you are making the “Holi Bites” follow the next steps
  23. Using your hands, roll the dal mixture into bit sized balls and set aside
  24. If the mixture seems too sticky, you can add besan or chickpea flour
  25. Divide prepared dosa batter into 4 bowls
  26. Make the sure the batter is not too thin as we will use this batter to coat the dal mixture
  27. Add your food coloring to each bowl and mix well
  28. Heat your paniyaram pan on medium heat on your stove top
  29. Drop a few of the dal balls into each colored batter
  30. Add a drop of ghee into each opening of the paniyaram pan
  31. Coat the dal mixture with the dosa batter using a spoon and gently place in the paniyaram pan
  32. Place the lid on the pan
  33. Cook each colorful bite 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping the bites halfway through
  34. You are now ready to serve this sweet, fun and innovative Holi treat!
Serving suggestion
These “Holi Bites” can be served at your next dinner party, Holi party, Diwali party or as a dessert for your little ones.

IP Ghee:

You can add nuts to the dal mixture if you want as well. You can also omit the cardamom, nutmeg or coconut according to your taste preference.

This recipe does not contain onions or garlic.

You can omit the ghee and use coconut oil.
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at