Sunday, November 14, 2010

Puffed rice balls-Pori urundai-Pori urundai for Karthigai deepam

Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai.All the houses will be decked up with rows and rows of lamps and it is a beautiful sight. We make pori urundai on that day. We get arisi/nel pori during this season and pori urundai is usually made of that variety. But I have used the ordinary variety which is easily available. Today we will learn how to make pori urundai (for Karthigai deepam) or puffed rice balls following this easy recipe.

Pori urundai-karthigai deepam

Pori Urundai-Puffed Rice Balls

Pori Urundai

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves:14 Balls
 Recipe CategoryIndian Sweet
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Puffed rice/Pori - 4 1/2 cups heaped
   Jaggery/paagu vellam - 1 cup
   Water - 1/2 cup
   Cardamom powder - a generous pinch (optional)
   Ghee - 1 tsp

karthigai deepam recipes

Heat 1/2 cup of water, add jaggery to it, after it melts, filter it to remove any impurities.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the filtered jaggery water, cardamom powder, a tsp of ghee and boil the jaggery water, until it reaches a hard ball consistency. (ie)when you pour a tsp of jaggery syrup into a cup of water, it should not dissolve, you must be able to make a hard ball out of it. This is the right consistency. It is called paagu padham in tamil.

At this stage, switch off the flame, add the puffed rice to it and mix well.

Grease your hands with ghee and quickly make balls out of it, when the heat is bearable. Initially you can make roughly shaped balls. Then you can shape it nicely.


If the jaggery syrup dissolves in water, then you must boil the jaggery syrup for some more time until you get that hard ball consistency.

If the mixture hardens while making balls, then you can warm it slightly and make balls.

Check out my kadalai urundai recipe and ellu urundai also. Have a wonderful Karthigai Deepam.

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  1. aah! I love this laddu... we used to make it during the Diwali and Makara Sankranth...

    They look really nice. We used to prepare big balls but they did not last long. I and my sister would find the containers filled with sweets that my Mother prepares and would take them unknowingly. In a day or two they will be finished.

    remembering old days. :)
    I feel nostalgic...

  2. Hey Padhu,

    Nice pori urundai dear...Lovely clicks..Iam already following you dear!!:)


  3. That's a perfect just ahead of kaarthikai!!! Looks lovely

  4. It looks really delicious!! Great presentation!!

  5. The rice balls look yummy padhu. Nice shots :)

  6. Pori urundais looks prefect..beautiful diyas Padhu..

  7. Wowwwwwwwwww.. This is my fav laddu.. looks awesome dear.. thanks for sharing !!

  8. looks lovely and delicious...hope u had a lovely diwali celebration ...I loved ur plate which u used and lovely presentation:)

  9. Loved your containers in the first pic Padhu. We also make this and it is called MOA in bengali. My Grandma who is 87 yrs still makes this for me whenever I visit her. Awesome presentation dear...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Padhu, could you parcel some my way, i miss this so much...Looks yummm

  11. perfect recipe for the season. we too make it in the same way. well presented

  12. Pori urundai looks delicious. Amma makes during Karthika.

  13. This is my favorite too. Just love it so much :) will be trying it out soon too :)

  14. nice recipe! is this festival different from diwali?

  15. very cute pori urandai. yummy:)

  16. Lovely laddos...I just luv it!!!

  17. pori urundai luks perfect...too gud presentation.

  18. These are my papa's all time made them so perfectly..will try it!

    US Masala

  19. wow yummy pori urundai..... i want to make this for a loooonnnnggggg time.... book marked dear.....

  20. Very good ladoos and fantastic presentation I must say!!

  21. omg, this is my favorite.. i can eat like 10 at a time.. looks super delicious.

    Aaha Oho

  22. very nice recipe and lovely space...

  23. wonderful marmara ladduus,paddu ji,thanx for sharing

  24. Tried it out today. Turned out nice!!

  25. i tried pori urundai 2day came out well ,

  26. Hey thanks padhu. Ur recipes are simple to understand nd easy to repeat

  27. Tried out today n came up wel:) thank u dear.. happy karthigai deepam:)

  28. Did this today,turned out very well,thank u very much

  29. Cane out very well paddhu ,happy karthigai

  30. Hi i tried making pori urundai today at home. While making balls it became dry and unable to make balls for the rest. I was able to make 5 to 6 balls only. Then i tried adding more jaggery in ball consistency. Pls advise what might have gone wrong.

    1. In that case, you can heat the mixture slightly and then continue to make balls.


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