Monday, March 15, 2010

Aresalu for Indian Cooking Challenge


Ingredients:

Raw Rice - 200 gms 
Paku Jaggary - 250 gms
Sesame Seeds - 2 tsp or less
Gasa gasa or Poppy Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Method:

Soak rice for 6 hrs and then shade dry it. Meaning it should not become dry but should still have some wetness in the rice. You can either grind this to fine powder using your mixie or give to mill. The rice flour should have that texture of soft and wet feeling when you take a handful and also it should kind of retain your fist shape. Hope you understand what I am saying. This is very important because if the flour is very dry it wouldn't turn out well.

Have all the things ready when you put the jaggary for cooking.

Take water that is enough to dilute jaggary. Dissolve the jaggary. Remove any impurities that may be present. Then again cook till the pakam is ready. The consistency here is also very important. Hope you know that pakam is calculated as threads. 

This is how we check the thread consistency, when the jaggary starts boiling and becomes thick, carefully take a small bit and touch it between your thumb and Index fingers. A thread will be formed when you take your fingers away from each other.

Likewise when the syrup becomes thick, you can find 3 threads being formed. So after 3 thread consistency the jaggary is really cooked well and it become thick. When you take a bit and put it in water, you should be able to make a ball of it. This is when you know the pakkam is ready.

Remove from fire, and add poppy seeds, sesame seeds and cardamom. Mix well. Then slowly add the rice flour and keep mixing well. The consistency is very important, so you need to add the flour little by little. Mix till you get a chapati dough consistency. End of this, you may still have some flour left out.

Divide into lemon size balls. Grease a plastic sheet and your fingers. Place the ball on the sheet, and pat it down to a poori size. 

Heat oil for frying and slowly drop these discs into the hot oil. You can simmer for a while until you know the inside is cooked. Turn to the other side and cook till its golden in colour. If you are cooking alone, you can roll out one by one and cook. Else it might get burnt. Once done, remove and drain on a Kitchen towel.

7 comments:

Umm Razeen said...

hai! your ariselu looks perfect. even I made ariselu but the 2nd recipe

myspicykitchen said...

Even I followed the second recipe... first recipe was a flop for me. I think it was the three thread syrup consistency that failed me

simply.food said...

My 1st time here these look delicious.

Srithan and Srihas said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog. Yes these are good, but my kids liked the traditional recipe i got from my grand mom.

Monika said...

they look perfect I also made mine from the 2nd recipe... a first time ICC member

PJ said...

Wasn't it interesting to try out this dish for ICC!!I tried the second method.Yours looks yumm...

lata raja said...

You have delicious looking arisellu there!

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