Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This time I am thinking to blog a simple sweet bite for this year’s winter, a wonderful so called delicacy Adhirasam which is clicked in my mind to blog. Even though it is trouble-free and household, my heart says to blog the wonderful  Adhirasam recipe. What I am offering here are only the instructions to make the Adhirasam more tasty and soft.

In Tamil ADHIRASAM (Adhi + Rasam) means Extra More Taste. Adhirasam is a pure folk recipe, people in South Tamilnadu are very good in making this culinary delight. It is nice to call as a Folk Vada. Adhirasam is traditionally offering to God and it is considered as fortunate bite in Hindu religion. It is is a sweet custom to offer Adhirasam to the neighbours after the marriage ceremony or any other auspicious occasion as a symbol of good relationship.

Recipe of Adhirasam

Raw Rice Flour - ½ Kg
Jaggery – 350 G
Cardamom powder – 1 Tsp
Ghee – 3 Tbsp
Dry ginger powder – ½ Tsp
Black sesame seeds – 1 Tsp
Poppy seeds – 1 Tsp
Water – 150ml
Soda bi-carbonate – Pinch
Refined Oil for Deep frying

Method of Preparation:

1. Soak the raw rice for 2hrs, dried it and grind it as powder.

2. Break the jaggery into pieces and add the water. Strain it once the Jaggery pieces diluted well in water. Again pour the strained jaggery syrup into the vessel then boil it.

3. Add the cardamom powder, sesame seeds and dry ginger powder to the syrup.
Image Courtsey: KRITHIKA

4. Thick jaggery syrup is ready now. Thick jaggery syrup improves the shelf life of adhirasam. Take out the jaggery syrup from fire and let it to cool.

5. Mix the poppy seeds and soda bi carbonate in the rice flour, Soda bi carbonate makes the adhirasam softer and colourful respectively.

Image Courtsey: KRITHIKA
6. At this moment gradually add the rice flour into the warm Jaggery syrup which is enough to handle by bare hand. Stir it well with the ladle first and put little ghee then put your hands to knead it well.

7. Put the adhirasa dough in vessel and cover it for two days to enrich the taste of Adhirasam dough, give the shape of Adhirasam

8. Deep fry it in hot oil and serve the sweet Adhirasam to your family…


Adhirasam is prepared from preserved dough which keeps the name Adhi + Rasam. Sometime we could add the mashed banana for best taste and soft texture. You can keep adhirasam dough outside without damage maximum for three days. Strain the jaggery syrup before it thickens that means strain it after the Jaggery thoroughly diluted in water.

Hey Just think of an evening time with the melting Adhirasam along a cup of tea…. Sip and bite now….

Perfect lovematch for this rainy season…..