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Karthigai pori recipe

Karthigai pori recipe a traditional sweet snack made for Karthigai deepam festival.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword karthigai pori recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sharmilee J


  • 3 cups nel pori
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 1/4 cup water just for the jaggery to immerse
  • a pinch cardamom powder
  • a generous pinch dry ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup fried gram dal
  • 3 tbsp coconut chopped bits
  • 1 tsp ghee


  • Remove the nel skin(the husk) from the pori and make it ready.
  • Fry coconut bits in ghee till golden,add this and fried gram dal to nel pori. Mix well and Set aside.
  • 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.This is enough no need to check rolling and all.
  • When this consistency is reached, add cardamom powder,dry ginger powder,pori and switch off.Mix well so that the syrup coats the pori evenly. Let the mixture cool down then later spread in a plate.
  • Store in airtight container and enjoy!


  • Do not add more water while making syrup. If you add more water then it will take time to reach the desired consistency.
  • It may look sticky after sometime it tends to seperate.
  • If you want to shape them into balls then check for the consistency as shown here then add pori.
  • The color of the Karthigai Pori Recipe totally depends on the jaggery variety. I used paagu vellam here, you can use the yellow variety too.
  • Use a wide bottomed pan so that mixing is easy.