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August 6, 2019

Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes – Varamahalakshmi Festival Prasadam Recipes

varalakshmi vratham recipes
 In this post, you can find the list of naivedyam / varalakshmi pooja prasadam recipes of Tamil nadu, Andhra pradesh and Karnataka for Varalakshmi viratham. Varalakshmi Vratham/Varamahalakshmi festival (Varalakshmi poojai in Tamil) is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman (Hindu) to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi. "Vara" means "boon" and Goddess Lakshmi grants all boons to those who performs pooja with utmost devotion on this day. People of South Indian states like Tamil nadu, Andhra and Karnataka and North Indian states like Maharashtra and Orissa celebrate this festival in a grand manner. This festival usually falls on the second Friday of August/ Sravana masam (Avani in Tamil). In 2023, its on August 25, Friday.

Goddess Lakshmi loves special dishes prepared with milk, jaggery, rice, coconut, dal and ghee. So people offer 3, 5, 7 or 9 dishes for Varalakshmi pooja naivedyam / prasadam with these ingredients as major ones. Sweet pongal, Payasam, tamarind rice, lemon rice, curd rice, kesari, vada, panakam, sundal, nombu kozhukattai, sundal are the major neivedyam recipes prepared in Tamil nadu for varalakshmi nombu. Apart from this, people also offer white rice (cooked raw rice), cooked dal (paruppu) and little ghee for Mahanaivedyam. Some people also make raw rice idli.

 In Andhra, people offer boorelu, bellam paramannam, pulihora, garelu, chakkara pongali, guggillu, panakam, pappu unta, daddojanam, perugu vada and sundal. In Karnataka Chitranna, bele holige, vada, kosambari, shavige payasa, panaka, sihi pongal, chakli, kodubele are offered to Goddess. In all these states people make similar naivedyam recipes but the preparation method and ingredients are slightly different. I have listed all the possible Varalakshmi festival special dishes for each state. Hope you will find this list useful to choose and prepare naivedyam.

Wish you all a very happy Varalakshmi pooja. May the Goddess bless us with all the goodness of life !

Before going to the recipes list, check out my detailed post on Varalakshmi vratham pooja procedure / puja vidhanam with slokhas. 


varalakshmi pooja recipes

  • Cooked rice / Raw rice ( rice & water ratio is 1:2.5)


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October 11, 2018

Bellam Paramannam In Pressure Cooker – Andhra Rice Payasam With Jaggery

Bellam paramannam recipe

 Paramannam is a rice based sweet dish that is most popular in Andhra. This Indian dessert recipe is also known as annam payasam, bellam paramannam in Telugu. In simple words, bellam paramannam is nothing but Andhra style rice payasam with jaggery.  It is one of the most important naivedyam recipes that is offered to God for festivals like Sankranti, Varalakshmi Vratham, Ganesh chaturthi, Navratri and much more. This sweet dish is prepared with rice, milk, sugar or jaggery, nuts and ghee.

Authentic paramannam is made by cooking raw rice in milk in an open pot. But I prepared this bellam paramannam in a pressure cooker. It took just 15 minutes for making this Andhra style payasam recipe. Consistency of paramannam depends on the quantity of milk and jaggery syrup. It looks thin when hot and it thickens over time. So you can adjust the quantity of milk as per the desired consistency. There are chances of paramannam getting curdled when you add jaggery syrup to the hot milk. So you should always add the jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. You can make it perfect all the time.

So friends, try this yummy Andhra style paramannam recipe during this Navratri festival and enjoy. Lets see how to make bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my other Andhra recipes too !

Paramannam recipe

Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam

Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam

Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery - Bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: Andhra recipes
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice / Sona masoori rice – 1/4 cup
  • Boiled Milk – 2 cups or Milk + water – 1 cup each
  • Sugar or jaggery – 1/2 cup (adjust as per taste)
  • Water – 1/4 cup for syrup
  • Cardamom – 2 nos (crushed)
  • Cashews and dry grapes/raisins - Few


  1. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk. Put a spoon inside the cooker to avoid splashing of milk.
  2. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame. Open, mash the rice well.
  3. In a pan, melt jaggery and make a thin syrup.
  4. Strain and add the jaggery syrup to the cooked rice when warm. Mix well.
  5. Add the cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Boil in low flame for a minute.
  6. Switch off the flame and serve hot or cold.


  • Wash the rice. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk + water or milk alone. Add a pinch of salt. Mix well, drop a small plate or spoon inside the Cooker. It helps to avoid splashing of milk while it whistles.  Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. 

  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Remove the spoon. Mash the rice with a whisk and make it mushy.  Add some water if it's too thick. Boil for a minute. Remove and Set aside.

  • In a bowl, take the jaggery and add water. Boil and melt the jaggery completely. Make a thin syrup. No need to bring any consistency. Switch off the flame and let the syrup becomes warm.

  • Strain the syrup in a metal strainer. Add to the cooked rice. Mix well and check for consistency. Add more boiled milk or water if needed. Do not switch on the flame.

  • Heat ghee in a small kadai. Roast the cashews and raisins till golden. Add to the paramannam. Add cardamom powder. Mix well. You can add a pinch of edibke camphor if you like.

  • Now Switch on the flame and keep it very low. Boil for a minute or two. Mix now and then. Do not roll boil. Paramannan should be just heated. Switch off the flame and keep it aside. Serve hot or cold as you like.

  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as you like.
  • Do not add hot jaggery syrup to the payasam. It may curdle.
  • Instead of pressure cooking, you can cook the rice in an open pot. But keep stirring every now and then to avoid burnt bottom.
  • You can also cook the rice in equal quantity of water and milk.
  • You can add a pinch of edible camphor for more flavor.

Yummy, Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery is ready to serve. Tastes the best when served chilled.

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September 17, 2018

Puran Poli With Wheat Flour – Wheat Flour Obbattu Recipe

puran poli with wheat flour

Puran poli with wheat flour/ wheat flour obbattu – Recipe with step by step pictures
. Puran poli a popular festival sweet in Maharashtra. This sweet recipe is called by various names across India. They have small variations in ingredients and method of preparation. In Tamil, we call it as paruppu boli. In Kannada, its is obbattu / holige and Bobbatlu/ bobbattu in Telugu. After Ganesh chaturthi celebration, many of us must be thinking of using leftover chana dal pooranam that is prepared for kozhukattai / modak. Every year I make suzhiyan / susiyam using the leftover stuffing. So this year I prepared puran poli with wheat flour instead of maida for outer covering. It came out well and soft.

To make soft puran poli, I followed my chapathi / roti recipe  adding ghee and curd to make the dough. I rested the dough for 30 minutes and tried it. As I had already prepared Karnataka style obbattu/ holige, I followed the same steps and procedure for stuffing and rolling the puran poli. It came out so good. Myself and Sendhil liked it very much and had the same for our breakfast. I had a satisfaction of making obbattu without maida adding less oil/ ghee. Friends, If you have leftover pooranam/ Hooran/ stuffing prepared for the festival, you can make this puran poli recipe with wheat flour. You can make this poli thin or thick as you wish.

Check out my Karnataka style holige / Obbattu recipe with tips and tricks. 

wheat flour obbattu recipe

Wheat Flour Puran Poli - Obbattu with wheat flour

Wheat Flour Puran Poli - Obbattu with wheat flour

Puran poli with wheat flour - Puran poli / Obbattu prepared with leftover chana dal puran

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 5
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
For puran poli outer covering
  • Wheat flour / Atta - 1 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Curd - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee or gingely oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cooking oil - to drizzle puran poli while cooking
For stuffing
  • Chana dal - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered jaggery - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup ( to melt jaggery)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup


  1. Wash and pressure cook chana dal in required water till soft.
  2. Remove and drain the excess water. Mash or grind it coarsely.
  3. Melt jaggery adding water. Strain the syrup. Add chana dal paste.
  4. Add grated coconut, cardamom powder. Mix till thick like dough. Puran is ready.
  5. Knead smooth dough with ingredients given above.
  6. Make equal balls of puran and dough. Dust the dough ball with wheat flour.
  7. Roll it and keep the puran balls. Seal and roll it thin or thick.
  8. Heat dosa pan with oil. Cook the puran poli both the sides.
  9. Remove and serve hot adding ghee on top. 


  • Prepare the stuffing / pooranam first. For this, pressure cook channa dal adding required water and a tsp of oil.Cook for 2-3 whistles in low flame. After the steam is released , mash the dal well with a ladle or grind it coarsely without water. Set aside.
  • To this mashed dal , add grated coconut and jaggery.  Mix till the mixture thickens and leave the sides of the pan & becomes non-sticky. Add cardamom powder. (If jaggery has impurities, boil and melt jaggery in little water Add this syrup to the cooked chana dal and cook till thick.)  Switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Make small lemon sized balls after the stuffing becomes warm. (TIP : If the pooran / Stuffing becomes watery and not thickens soon, you can add some besan flour ( say 1 to 2 tbsp) , mix without lumps and cook in medium flame till thick. Besan helps to thicken the stuffing soon.). Refrigerate the leftover stuffing till use.
  • In a wide bowl, take the wheat flour, ghee, curd and salt. Mix well. Then add water gradually and make a smooth, non-sticky dough. Cover and let it rest for minimum 30 minutes.

  • Take the dough after resting time. Make balls equal to or little lesser than the size of puran ball.

  • Take one dough ball. Dust it with wheat flour or grease with oil. Roll it to palm size. Now place the stuffing ball in the middle. Seal the corners and flatten it slightly. Dust it again.

  • Roll it gently to make a thick or thin puran poli. Arrange in a plate. Similarly make the remaining poli and arrange them without touching each other.

  • Heat a dosa pan. Grease with oil or ghee. Drop the poli and cook till brown spots appear on one side. Flip and cook the puran poli on other side too.  Cook in medium flame patiently. Add ghee or oil if needed. Remove and arrange in a plate. Apply ghee on top to prevent drying. Cook the remaining poli and stack them one above the other to keep it soft. Enjoy hot or warm !
  • Store the leftover stuffing and dough in refrigerator.


  • To make soft puran poli with wheat flour, you must add ghee or oil in the chapathi dough.
  • Dough should be rested well to make soft obbattu. You can rest it for 30 minutes to 3 hours.
  • If the puran / stuffing is watery and not thickening soon, you can add some besan flour and cook till it thickens.
  • If the dough is too sticky, grease your hands with oil and roll the poli by patting it on a butter paper. If its non-sticky, you can dust in wheat flour and roll in a rolling pin.
  • Always cook the poli in medium flame patiently till brown spots appear. Smear with ghee or oil whenever needed.
  • Stack the cooked poli one above the other to keep it soft.
  • Ghee helps to make the puran poli softer. But if you are health conscious, you can use gingely oil.

Try this yummy puran poli recipe with wheat flour and enjoy !
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August 25, 2018

Kondakadalai Sundal Recipe–Black Channa Sundal–South Indian Chana Sundal

Black chana sundal

In Tamilnadu, people make Sakkarai pongal and kondakadalai sundal for Varalakshmi pooja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Tamil new year and Navarathri festival. We make this sundal with white chana or brown chana. My MIL usually says it is auspicious to make black chana sundal( i.e Kala chana in Hindi, Black chickpeas sundal in English, Karuppu Konda kadalai sundal in Tamil) during festival days. Yesterday I prepared Sakkarai pongal and brown chana sundal for Varalakshmi vratham prasadam. Usually I make sundal in a simple way by grinding coconut, chilli and cumin seeds. I don’t ad any masala powder or fennel seeds if making for God. Some people also make this sundal by adding sundal podi. I will try post that version later during Navratri. Today lets see an easy method of making brown kondakadalai sundal recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my other sundal recipes

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Kondakadalai sundal - Black chana sundal recipe

Kondakadalai sundal - Black chana sundal recipe

South Indian style kondakadalai sundal recipe for festivals.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sundal Recipes
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 10H10H30 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Brown chana / Kondakadalai / chickpeas - 1 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Cooking soda / baking soda - a pinch (optional)
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Cumin seeds /Jeera - 1/4 tsp
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Asafetida / Hing - 2 pinches
  • >Red chilli – 1 no


  1. Wash and soak black chana / kondakadalai overnight or for 6 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker, cook the channa till soft adding required water and a pinch of soda.
  3. Drain the excess water and set aside.
  4. Grind coconut, chilli and cumin seeds without water. Set aside.
  5. In a kadai, heat oil. Temper mustard seeds, red chilli, curry leaves and hing.
  6. Add the cooked brown chana and salt. Mix well.
  7. Add the ground coconut and saute for few minutes.
  8. Switch off the flame. You can add some lemon juice if you like.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy !


  • Wash and soak black chana / kondakadalai in enough water for 6 hours to overnight. You can a pinch of cooking soda while soaking for when pressure cooking the chickpeas.

  • After soaking drain the water, take the chickpeas in pressure cooker. Add required water and pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Remove the chickpeas and drain the cooked water.

  • Grind coconut, green chilli and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water. Set aside.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilli and hing. Add cooked chana, ground coconut mixture and required salt. Mix well and cook for few minutes in medium flame.
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    kondakadalai sundal
  • Switch off the flame. Add few drops of lemon juice if you like. Serve hot or warm.

Enjoy !      


  • You can add baking soda to cook the chickpeas really soft. You can skip if you don’t want to use it.
  • For variations, you can saute 2 red chilli or green chilli and add the grated coconut at the end. This is a No grind version.
  • If you want masala flavor, you can grind fennel seeds instead of cumin seeds.
  • You can also add a pinch of garam masala powder for more masala flavor.
  • You can also add onion if you are not offering to God.
Try this easy, healthy black chana sundal and enjoy !

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August 21, 2018

Garelu Recipe – Crispy Minapa Garelu Recipe - Vada Recipe in Mixie


Medu vada / urad dal vada i.e Minapa garelu in Telugu is a popular breakfast and teatime snack recipe all over India. As Varalakshmi viratham is fast approaching, I thought of sharing this Andhra style garelu which is a must to do recipe for Varalakshmi pooja prasad/ neivedyam. My neighbors from Andhra taught me how to make this easy, perfectly crispy minapa vada batter in mixie. I also referred my mixie vada recipe and Mrudula’s cookbook Youtube video for more tips and tricks to make crispy, spongy vada just like hotel ones. Basically urad dal vada is prepared by adding onions  But if we are making for festival and pooja, we should prepare vada without onion. In that case, you can make plain vada or with pepper.

In Andhra, people make it plain without any toppings for Varalakshmi pooja. So I have shared the same in pictures. I have also shared an easy method for shaping vada for beginners. Please refer the video for more details.  As we are grinding the vada batter in mixie, there are certain points to remember to make it perfect. I have listed the tips and tricks below. Please go through the points before you start with this recipe. For grinding more quantity, grind the batter using grinder. Mixie works for small quantity. Ok, Lets see how to make medu vada in mixie with step by step pictures and video.

Check out my Vada recipe using grinder, Pepper vada, Cabbage vada, Mixed vegetable vada and Anjaneyar kovil vadai.


1.Refrigerate the dal while soaking. Soak for 3 to 4 hours.
2.Use ice cold water(dal soaked water) for grinding.
3.Do not add salt while grinding dal.
4.Beat the batter after adding rice flour.
5.Batter should be fluffy and smooth.
6.Refrigerate the batter till use.
7.Add salt and toppings (onion, pepper) only before frying vada.
8.Always grease your hands in water for shaping vada.

minapa garelu recipe

Minapa Garelu Recipe - Crispy Medu Vada Batter in Mixie

Minapa Garelu Recipe - Crispy Medu Vada Batter  in Mixie

Learn how to make Andhra style minapa garelu recipe / Urad dal vada with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Snacks
Serves: 15 nos
Prep time: 180 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 185 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • White round urad dal - 1 cup
  • Ice water - as needed ( I used around 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Rice flour - 1 to 1.5 tsp (Completely optional)
To add in vada batter
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few (-do-)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (-do-)
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Hing / Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry vada


  1. Wash and soak urad dal in required water for 4 hours in refrigerator.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste adding green chilli, ginger, soaked urad dal without adding water.
  3. Wipe the sides. Add 1/4 cup ice water. Grind to smooth paste.
  4. Add more water gradually to make a fine, smooth paste.
  5. Transfer the vada batter to a vessel. Add rice flour if needed and beat the batter well for 5 minutes.
  6. Then add the toppings like onion and other ingredients. Add salt, hing. Mix well and shape vada.
  7. Heat oil and deep fry vada by cooking both sides. Remove and serve hot with coconut chutney  as side dish !


  • Wash and soak urad dal in required water in refrigerator for 4 hours. If not 4 hours, keep the dal inside the refrigerator atleast for an hour. You can also soak the dal without refrigeration and use ice water only for grinding. Ice water helps to prevent mixie jar getting heated.

  • In a big mixer jar, take the soaked urad dal by draining all the water completely. Reserve the soaked ice water in a bowl. Add ginger and green chilli. DO NOT ADD SALT. Grind to a coarse paste without adding water. Wipe the sides of jar and grind it well.
garelu recipe
  • Add 1/4 cup of ice water and grind to paste. Wipe the sides and mix well. Add little more water in few tbsp and grind to a smooth buttery paste without any grits. Do not add more water while grinding. Its the most important point to make perfect vada batter.
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  • Vada batter should be thick. It should form a stiff peak when you drop the batter. It is the right consistency. Transfer the batter to a vessel.
  • garelu recipe
  • Add rice flour if necessary and beat the batter for 5 minutes using a whisk. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS FOR BEATING THE BATTER. Batter may become watery due to the heat of your hands. Vada batter become fluffy and light.
  • garelu recipe
  • Take some water in a bowl. Add a small piece of  Vada batter and check if it floats on top of water. If the batter settles down, you should grind it more or beat more.
  • Add some water to the mixie jar. Grind to wash the jar. Transfer the washed water to a small bowl and use it for greasing your hands while shaping vada.
garelu recipe
  • After beating the batter,  add salt, hing, cumin seeds, Pepper corns (optional) and prepare vada if making for pooja. If you are making for breakfast or snack, add  finely chopped onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and pepper corns (optional). Add required salt and hing. Mix well and set aside.
  • Heat oil to deep fry. Drop a pinch of batter to check the heat of oil. To shape vada, take a dosa flipper and grease it with water. Grease your hands with water and take some batter. Keep it on the dosa flipper. Make a hole in the center. Invert the ladle and drop the vada in hot oil. Shake the dosa flipper slightly for the vada to drop in oil Or dip the ladle slightly in oil so that vada releases to the oil as soon as it starts to cook.
  • For method 2 to shape vada : Grease hands with water and take a small portion of batter. Make a hole the center and shape the vada, Drop in hot oil to deep fry.
garelu recipe
  • Flip and cook both sides in medium flame till bubbles cease. Remove the vada and serve.
  • You can enjoy this crispy, hot vada with coconut chutney, sambar or make curd vada and enjoy !
  • garelu recipe

    Enjoy !


  • Do not add salt while grinding the batter.
  • Beat the batter till fluffy after adding rice flour.
  • Deep fry in medium flame for even cooking.
  • Please check the beginning of this post for more tips and tricks.
Try this medu vada recipe easily in mixie and enjoy the festival !
Crispy garelu recipe

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July 29, 2017

Pappu Unta Recipe – How To Make Paruppu Urundai Recipe - Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes

Pappu unta in Telugu is nothing but our paruppu urundai recipe ( steamed lentil balls in English) made of toor dal and urad dal.In Telugu, it is called as Kandi pappu unta i.e toor dal balls. My friend Shalini told me to try this recipe during last year Varalakshmi Vratham. Some people in Tamilnadu and Andhra have the tradition of offering this paruppu urundai for Varalakshmi pooja. They offer 9 balls to God and add the remaining to more kuzhambu( Pappu unta majjiga pulusu).
Shalini shared her mom’s recipe with me which is different from Tamilnadu style paruppu urudai recipe. In this recipe, I have used toor dal and urad dal. Shalini gave some tips to make soft balls. I followed her instructions to the dot. The result was great. Paruppu urundai was very soft and tasty. I am yet to try majjige pulusu recipe. This time I had it as snack. Its also a good side dish for curd rice. Friends, Do try this paruppu urundai recipe for this Varalakshmi vratham festival and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Andhra style paruppu urundai recipe with step by step pictures.
Do check out my Chettinad style paruppu urundai kuzhambu recipe, Varalakshmi vratham pooja procedure.

Pappu unta recipe / Paruppu urundai recipe

Chakkara pongali recipe

How to make Andhra style Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe

Festival recipes
20 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 2 nos (small)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/ Asafetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Cooking soda or Eno - A big pinch
  • Gingely oil - to grease idli plate

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak dals in water for 4 hours.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste without water adding grated coconut, chilli, cumin seeds, ginger and hing.
  3. Collect the batter, add finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, pinch of cooking soda. Mix well.
  4. Make small balls and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
  5. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Switch off the flame. Remove after the balls become warm.
  6. Soft paruppu urundai balls are ready to serve !

Pappu unta / Paruppu urundai recipe - Step by step pictures

  • Wash and soak toor dal and urad dal in a bowl adding enough water. Soak for 4 hours.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Drain the water completely. Take the dal, grated coconut, green chilli, cumin seeds, ginger, hing and salt. Grind to a thick coarse paste without adding water.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Collect the batter in a bowl. If the batter is slightly watery, add 2 tsp of gram flour/besan flour and mix well to make it thick. To the batter, add finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.Add 1 tsp oil, a pinch of cooking soda and mix well.
  • Make small balls out of the batter and arrange them in a greased idli plate.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Remove after it becomes warm else balls may break while you remove them. If the balls goes flat after cooking, water content is more in the batter.So add some besan flour and make it thick for next batch. For trouble shooting, take the warm balls and shape it round. If the batter is too thick and dry, balls may come out slightly hard. So batter should be thick yet moist just like masala vada batter.This is the key to make soft paruppu urundai.
    Pappu unta/Paruppu urundai recipe
  • Pappu unta/ Paruppu urundai is ready. Take 9 balls in a plate and offer to God. If you are adding these balls to more kuzhambu/ Majjige pulusu, you can add finely chopped onion, garlic to the batter if you like.


  • For Tamil nadu style paruppu urundai, add chana dal instead of urad dal. Use red chillies instead of green chilli while grinding.
  • If you are .
  • For variations, you can soak the urad dal separately. Grind to a smooth paste, remove in a bowl.Then grind the soaked rice+ poha + methi seeds to a smooth batter. Mix both the batter and ferment it.
Try this soft and yummy paruppu urundai recipe. Make some gravy with it or enjoy as a snack !
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July 27, 2017

Raw Rice Idli Recipe | Pacharisi Idli Recipe | Idli Using Raw Rice

Raw rice idli ( Pacharisi idli in Tamil) is one of the important festival recipes of Tamilnadu and Andhra. My friend Shalini told me about this idli using raw rice and pappu unta( Paruppu urundai) when I was asking for Varalakshmi Pooja recipes. Many people (especially Tamil brahmins) prepare this pacharisi idli for Varalakshmi vratham and Ganesh Chaturthi neivedyam. Basically steamed rice or boiled rice idli (Puzhungal arisi) is not offered to God. So people make idli with good quality raw rice / ponni rice ( sona masoori) and offer to God on festival days. I followed my mixie idli,dosa batter recipe, altered the quantity of ingredients and tried it. To make a perfectly soft raw rice idli, we should add more urad dal and give more time for fermentation. Ratio of rice and dal should be 2:1. Its always better to use grinder for making idli. But I used mixie to grind the batter as I made very less quantity. I used ice cold water to prevent the heating of jar. So if you are using mixie like me, use ice cold water to get soft and spongy idli else idli may come out hard.

Raw rice idli recipe
Raw Rice Idli - Pacharisi Idli Recipe

Its taste and texture reminded Kanchipuram idli to me. I tried making dosa with this batter but it was not so great in taste. It tasted like varagu dosa. I will try to upload a dosa picture soon. Tomorrow I will share pappu unta recipe.  Friends, do try this idli recipe for varalakshmi viratham, offer God and get her blessings. Now lets see how to make raw rice idli recipe with step by step photos !

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Pacharisi idli recipe
Idli using Raw Rice

Raw Rice Idli / Pacharisi Idli Recipe

Raw rice idli recipe

How to make soft idli using raw rice - Raw rice idli recipe / Ponni pacharisi idli

South Indian
Festival recipes
12 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Raw rice – 1 cup (Use good quality sona masoori/Ponni rice)
  • Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Poha / Thick Aval - 1.5 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - as required ( I used 1.25 cups)
  • Gingely oil - to grease idli plate

How to make the recipe

  1. Wash and soak raw rice, urad dal, poha and methi seeds for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Grind to a smooth paste adding ice cold water.
  3. Collect the batter in a bowl. Ferment for 12 to 15 hours.
  4. This batter won't double in quantity but rise slightly.
  5. The next morning,mix the batter well and make idli.
  6. Steam for 10 minutes till done, remove after 5 minutes.Serve with chutney,sambar.Enjoy !

Raw Rice idli - Step by step pictures

  • Wash and soak rice, urad dal, aval and methi seeds together for 3 to 4 hours.
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli
  • Grind in a mixie jar adding ice cold water. I used approx 1.25 cups of water. Grind to a smooth paste.
  • Collect the batter in a bowl. Ferment it for 12 to 15 hours or overnight based on the weather. This batter won't double in quantity but rise slightly.
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli recipe
  • The next morning, mix well with a ladle.Grease idli plate with sesame oil and pour the batter.
  • Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Remove after its done. Rest for 5 minutes and then remove the idli. For offering God, drizzle a tsp of ghee over the idli as shown in the picture. Finish the pooja, serve with sambar & chutney!
    Raw rice idli | Pacharisi idli recipe


  • Adding poha is optional. You can skip it.
  • You can grind the batter in a grinder. Idli comes out even more soft.
  • For variations, you can soak the urad dal separately. Grind to a smooth paste, remove in a bowl.Then grind the soaked rice+ poha + methi seeds to a smooth batter. Mix both the batter and ferment it.

Try this raw rice idli for festivals and offer God. Enjoy with your favorite chutney, sambar

Raw rice idli
Pacharisi idli recipe

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