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 Ingredients:
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
- Measure jaggery and add it in a pan, add water and dissolve it well.
- Heat it up for 2mins just for the jaggery to get dissolved.Strain to remove impurities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grease your palms with ghee or oil and roll them into tight balls taking care not to break the pori.
Store in airtight container and enjoy!
Hope you all have fun lighting lamps and bursting crackers. See you all in the next post!!
- Be careful in checking the consistency else making them into balls will be tough.
- If it hardens in the end for the last few balls then heat up the mixture for a minute to loosen then make balls.
- The color of the pori urundai totally depends on the jaggery variety. The method is the same for making aval pori urundai and also kadala urundai.