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Pori Urundai – The Prasadam Offered on the day of Karthigai Deepam in Tamil Nadu

Karthigai Deepam is the light festival observed in Karthigai Masam (November – December) in Tamil Nadu. A prasadam prepared during the occasion is the Pori Urundai. Pori means puffed rice.

The Ingredients
The preparation is made using jaggery and puffed rice. To add to the taste some people add crushed fried groundnut, fried gram and finely chopped coconut. Cardamom powder and dried ginger powder enhances the taste.

The Preparation
To make the preparation, firs jaggery is heated in a vessel and the impurities are removed.

Then a little water is taken in a thick-bottomed vessel and heated. The jaggery is added and is stirred without a break.

Thick syrup is made. The thickness should be as such that when dropped in cold water it should not dissolve. You should be able to roll it into a small ball.

To this syrup,  all the above mentioned ingredients are added. They are then mixed well.

When the mixture cools, apply ghee to the palm and roll it into round balls.