Sep 25, 2011

Adhirasam - A Traditional Indian Sweet

Come Diwali and you could smell jaggery, cardamom and coconut everywhere! There are many special sweets from South India which are uncommon in other regions, and Adhirasam is one of them.
This traditional sweet requires a little proficiency in making the exact dough which will hold its shape when fried in oil.

(makes about 10-12)
  • 1 cup Raw rice
  • 3/4 cup Jaggary
  • 1 tsp. cardamom powder
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup water

1. Wash and soak raw rice in water for an hour, drain the rice. Spread the rice on a kitchen towel to let the water absorbed from it.
2. Grind the dried rice in a grinder and make a very fine powder.
3. Add water to the jaggary and heat the mixture in a thick bottom kadai. Remove any impurities from the jaggary syrup.
4. Heat the syrup till you get one string syrup. Take off the flame and add the cardamom powder in it.
5. Add this syrup to the rice flour little by little. Keep mixing the flour and the syrup with a ladle.
6. Heat oil in a wok. Take a small marble size ball from the above dough and make a circle.
7. Flatten the dough a little and drop it in the oil. Do remember to grease your palm with oil before making the Adhirasam.
8. Turn the Adhirasam to other side when it becomes golden in color.

Make all the Adhirasam and store in an air tight container for up to 15 days.
  1. My MIL adds a little coconut in the Adhirasam dough. 
  2. You can use store bought rice flour also for making the Adirasam.
  3. Replace jaggary with sugar for a different version of Adhirasam. 
  4. Dry ginger powder and poppy seeds are also added in the dough for more flavors & taste to this traditional sweet recipe
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  1. yummy we make a little different delicious athirasam

  2. wow delicious adhirasam,love it...luks perfect...

  3. Looks awesome. I love adhirasam, though its been years since had any. Its not too sweet a dish so easy to eat quite a few at one time :-) Thanks for this!

  4. looks really tempting..i guess it is something like the poodas we make..the difference being of the sugar ,instead of jaggery.

  5. Love this ...your's looks very nice

  6. We call these Boorelu... Lovely pic :-)

  7. one of my favorite sweet..perfectly done

  8. I love this adhirasam anytime..makes me nostalgic..

  9. though i have never tried this,i love this a ot. nicely done

  10. This one is new for me ,thanks for sharing traditional recipe

  11. can I plz have the whole now..:P
    lipsmacking presentation..
    Tasty Appetite

  12. one of my favs..oh gosh i wish i cud eat some

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