A couple of months ago, a family friend of ours brought home a packet of Boli that became an instant hit. Even those of us who were pretty averse to anything sweet, savoured every bit of it and wanted more as well. Such was the taste that we had to find the place immediately and make a visit soon.
‘Ootupura Boli’, as the shop is called, is a small hole-in-the-wall kind of establishment that is situated at Puthen Street, Attakulangara, in Trivandrum. Ever since we found the place, we have made innumerable visits to buy our favourite Boli. I’ve also lost count of the number of times I’ve heard Amma describe how the Boli is made at her favourite place – how the Channa Dal ball is folded into the Maida ball, which is then pressed and made into perfect thin rounds that are fried on the Tawa and drizzled with ghee (lots of it!). The way she describes it makes you drool and if you are like me, you are sure to want the Boli right at that moment!
As soon as you enter the shop, you get hit by the heavenly aroma of ghee wafting through the air. In one corner of the shop is a grinder that is constantly grinding the Dal required for the Boli. There is a small L-shaped workstation in the front, part of which is used to make the Boli dough and there is a hot Tava on the other part where the rolled out, thin sheets of Boli are laid, flipped and fried to make the tasty Boli that has become our favourite.