Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pori Urundai For Karthikai Deepam!

Happy Karthigai Deepam to all my Readers!

It was Karthigai deepam yesterday and I didn't realize until Amma told me. It kind of slipped my memory. But how can I not remember Karthigai Deepam? As every festival, this too has special memories associated. This festival is very special to Tamil Nadu and since having lived here all my life, this has become part of our celebrations too.

Having said that, I knew what the festival is about though when Konda asked why it is celebrated, I found it hard to paraphrase it. So here are the notes on the festival.

Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai month (November/December), which is observed in every home and in every temple. This occurs on the day when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and purnima. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear. Many legends and lyrical poetry have grown round this star. The six stars are considered in Indian mythology as the six celestial nymphs who reared the six babies in the saravana tank which later were joined together to form the six faced Muruga. He is therefore called Karthikeya, the one brought up by the Karthigai nymphs. Houses and streets are lit up with rows of oil lamps (Deepam) in the evening of the festival day. - Source Wiki

But no where linked with these were our sentiments that I shared with my brother. We used to save some crackers for the day and used to look forward to fire them. On the day it is not only welcomed for the crackers but for the special treat that Amma makes with Puffed Rice and Jaggary. These are the famous Pori Urundai, a special variety of puffed rice that is available only on this day. The markets are vibrant and busy selling heaps and heaps of these puffed rice.

Recently when my dinner was planned to be Uggani, I ended up in a shop that sells exclusively the puffed and beaten rice products. I was amazed I never went that way. Finally I walked away carrying 3 bags of puffed rice and promising myself to be back there again. But Deepam completely went off my mind, else I would've got another bag.

So when Amma reminded me, the first thought that came to mind were these lovely laddos that is made with puffed rice and jaggary. She asked me not to worry as I will not have time to make these coming back from office. Well I was blessed to taste these again as Amma made them for me. And another surprise was Athamma made these delicious Horse gram stuffed vadas, deep fried! I must say, there is really something so basic about digging into a deep fried snack. The satisfaction you get is priceless, atleast for me!

For today it is going to be Pori Urundai!

Coming to my eBook, I was so happy receiving the user comments. Everybody who bought the book were so happy with the way it has turned. I was really so thrilled hearing their comments. If you are interested to buy it, you can get the details here. I am sure it will make a great festival gift!

My heartfelt thanks to all your wishes and support!

Pori Urundai Recipe!

Puffed Rice / Poha / Pori - 1 Kg
Jaggary - 1/2 Kg
Cardamon - 1/2 tsp
Rice flour for dusting - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Clean the puffed rice to remove any unwanted particles that may be present in it.

In a wide mouth kadai, melt jaggary and remove impurities. Then continue boiling it, till you get the right syrup. (till it reaches a consistency of a ball). This can be identified by dropping a drop of the jaggary into a bowl of water and trying to make a ball. You should be able to get a solid ball of the melted jaggary.

Once the jaggary reaches this stage, add the poha and mix well.

Bring the pan/kadai down, and coat your palm with rice flour and quickly gather the poha jaggry mix into tight balls. Coating your palm with rice flour will prevent it from sticking.

Notes: By adding the poha to the kadai and mixing gets you the right consistency.

Store these in a container, these normally stays crispy for a week or so.

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Suma Gandlur said...

Love those puffed rice laddus. What else did you prepare? :) Congrats for your e book.
BTW, I will be sending my MLLA entries soon.

indosungod said...

e-book is fantastic Valli. Wishing you all the best,.

I did not realize it was Kathikai Deepam till a friend came early this monring and dropped off some goodies. Pori urundai simple but well loved.

Sharmila said...

You reminded me of my chidhood with this Valli! We call it a Moa. Loved to bite into the tough and crispy thing with the crumbles all over our faces. :-)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

My favorite ...looks delicious

Silpa said...

Yummy! i love puffed rice balls. one of my childhood sweet hearts...

lata raja said...

Hope you had a nice festival. Incidentally most of us chose to post the pori urundai today :)

Andhra Flavors said...

karthikai deepam wishes miku kudaa srivalli. picture chustuntene festival food loki vellipotunamu.

Nithya said...

Wish you a belated Karthikai deepam. Guess you had a nice time. :) pori urundai looks perfect and yummm :)

Tina said...

Nice one da...Crispy and yummy.


I dint prepared this time pori urundai,though i love it...I failed to plan,so dint had in hand,pori....:(

lOoks nice Sri!

RV said...

oh I miss all the fun of deepam.... love the pori urundai's.. Mom used to makes this urundai with a different type of Poha....

Uj said...

Puffed rice laddooo is one of my all time fav :)Looks yummy

Ms.Chitchat said...

Belated Karthigai deepam greetings to u. You have a wonderful space with good easy to do recipes. Am following you.


Anupama said...

Good one... been ages since I had this pori urundai

Mallugirl said...

Pori urundai looks really good. we should market it as indian rice krispies!:)

Srivalli said...

Suma, we made meddu vada as bondas and another horse gram stuffed sweet vadas. The pictures didn't come out so well. so got to make them again for the blog..:)..thank you and looking fwd to the entries

Indo, thank you! great to know there are others like me..:)

Sharmila, nice to know how you call it..agree on that covering our faces..

Anupama, Uj, Tina, Sailaja, Silpa, Nithya, Sita, thanks..

Lataji, you are so right!

Raji, that is sad to know..but your pori urundai picture always tempts one!

RV, oh you should try to make them sometime

Chitchat, thank you for stopping by!

Shaheen, how true..heheh...

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