Athirasam or Adirasam / Ariselu / Kajjaya
Come Diwali and the first sweet that comes to my mind is Athirasam. Just love them so much mainly for its crunchy taste outside and soft inside. Though it looks elaborate, keep trying and you will definitely get it perfect. You can use sugar or jaggery for the syrup. But most commonly jaggery is used, though back home my MIL makes them with sugar very often. After mixing the syrup and the flour, keep them overnight, this way you will get very good Athirasam.
Raw rice - 2 cups
Jaggery - 2 cups( paaku(syrup) jaggery)
Sesame seeds - 2 - 3 tsp
Cardamom seeds - 4 crushed and powdered
Oil for frying
Wash rice and soak in water for 2 - 3 hours. Next spread them on a cloth and dry shade for 30 minutes. Powder in a mill or mixer. Sieve to remove lumps and if needed powder again.
Add 2 cups of water and melt jaggery. Strain with a cloth to remove dust. Transfer back and heat on high to prepare a thick syrup. Keep stirring all the time. Take a small bowl of water and drop in some sryup to check the consistency. The syrup should not float or melt. It should settle down well and when rolled you should be able to roll as balls or should come out smoothly.
Switch off and remove the syrup, slowly add the rice flour, powdered cardamom seeds and sesame seeds. Mix well as a thick dough consistency without any lumps. This is the trickiest and little tough part if making in large quantity.
Cover and keep aside for few hours or over night.
Next day heat oil for deep frying. Take a cloth or plastice sheet. Spread some oil. Take a small sized ball and with your fingers/palm press as into a medium thick poor sized in round shape. Drop them in oil and deep fry both sides till crisp. Remove and press with 2 ladles keeping the athirasam in between to remove excess oil. Transfer and cool. Store in a air tight container and enjoy the delicious sweet.
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