Pori Urundai Recipe - Pori Urundai for Karthigai Deepam

Pori Urundai Recipe
I have made Pori Urundai twice before and wanted to post it here this year.I am fond of lighting lamps and arranging them outside and inside the house, who doesnt?! This year for blogging sake, made pori urundai in advance. These days my little one has become a choosy eater(now mothers gene at work ;)), But pori is her favorite right from the day she tasted it. So this time when I tried pori urundai at home I made sure to make tiny balls to give it to her, seeing her smile to a mile, I was a contented mother :)

Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai.

Rows of agal vilakkus (oil lit lamps) in front of every house... this is the image that at once comes to mind when we think of Karthigai Deepam - the festival of lights that is celebrated throughout Tamil Nadu during the month of Karthigai (November-December). Not many of us are aware that it is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in the state, perhaps even before people began celebrating Deepavali and Navarathri.
Pori Urundai Recipe

Pori Urundai Recipe Ingredients:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pori / Puffed rice- 3 and 1/2 cups
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup or little less than that (It should be just for the level of jaggery to immerse)
Elachi powder - a pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp to grease hands


  1. Measure jaggery and add it in a pan, add water and dissolve it well.
    How to make pori urundai - Step1
  2. Heat it up for 2mins just for the jaggery to get dissolved.Strain to remove impurities.
    How to make pori urundai - Step2
  3. Heat it up again and keep cooking,add elachi powder.Consistency check : Keep a separate plate ready filled with little water.Take a drop of jaggery syrup and put it in water, it should stand firm and not dissolve as shown below.
    How to make pori urundai - Step3
  4. You should be able to gather to form a nonsticky soft ball(uruttu padham) when you roll it with your fingers .When this consistency is reached, add the pori and switch off.
    How to make pori urundai - Step4
  5. Now stir well, so that pori gets completely coated with the jaggery syrup.I added in 2 batches.Mix well so that the syrup coats the pori evenly.
    How to make pori urundai - Step5
  6. Grease your palms with ghee or oil and roll them into tight balls taking care not to break the pori.
    How to make pori urundai - Step6
Store in airtight container and enjoy!

Hope you all have fun lighting lamps and bursting crackers. See you all in the next post!!
Pori Urundai

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Pori Urundai Recipe

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