Adhirasam is one of the traditional sweet which we prepare during Diwali in Tamilnadu. We cannot imagine Diwali without adhirasam. The trick for making good adhirasam lies in the syrup (pagu) consistency. I made adhirasam this Diwali and here is my recipe for making adhirasam.
- Raw Rice - ¾ Kg.
- Jaggery - ½ Kg.
- Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp.
- Oil - for deep frying
- Dry Ginger Powder Sukku - ½ tsp.
- Clean and wash the rice and soak in water for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours, you can drain the water completely and spread over a white cotton cloth till it is completely dry.
- It will take approximately 30 minutes to dry. There should be little moisture in it.
- Take a mixer and grind them little by little to a coarse powder. Do not grind finely.
- Sieve this in a coarse siever (rava siever) so that the unground rice is on the top which we can grind again.
- Grate the jaggery or use powdered jaggery.
- In a large vessel take 1 cup of water and add the jaggery and heat. Stir with a ladle so that the jaggery mixes well in water.
- When the jaggery dissolves completely switch off the stove and strain the syrup so that you can remove the impurities in jaggery.
- Now you can again boil the jaggery till you get soft ball consistency. To check whether it has attained soft ball consistency take little water in a small cup and put 1 tsp. of syrup into it. It should not dissolve in water but when you roll you will get soft ball, this is the correct consistency.
- Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder and dry ginger powder and mix well.
- In a wide bowl take the rice flour and add jaggery syrup little by little and mix well so that there is no lumps formed.
- Close the vessel with a lid and let it rest for 2 days.
- After 2 days you can open the vessel and knead well. It will be like roti dough.
- Now take a pan and add oil for deep frying.
- When the oil gets heated, take lemon sized balls of the dough and flatten it in a greased plastic sheet or banana leaf into a circle. Gently slide in the hot oil.
- Fry on both sides till it becomes golden brown.
- Take the adhirasam out and strain in a strainer.
- When the adhirasams cool down store them in an airtight container.
• You can also store the batter in refrigerator and use. But make sure that the batter comes to room temperature when you use them.