Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kaarthigai Deepam & Puffed Rice Snacks

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Wish you all a very happy Kaarthigai :)

Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai.

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. It is believed that Lord Shiva takes the form of a jothi on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.

On this day, people clean their houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. In this way, people of TamilNadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.

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As ever, I was extremely excited about the festival and wanted to try my hand on many new varieties of puffed rice(Pori) snacks.

Experiments were successful and are tasting awesome too :)

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Puffed Rice Sugar Balls

Ingredients:

Sugar - 1/4 cup
Puffed rice - 2 cups (depends on how it incorporates)
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

Method:

Take a dry pan and add the sugar to it. Heat it until it completely melts and caramelizes into a light brown syrup. Switch off the stove immediately and add the puffed rice and cardamom powder. Stir quickly until the sugar coats the puffed rice completely.

Immediately pour it on a greased plate and flatten them. Cut out squares while the mixture is still hot.

Allow it to cool for a while and store in air tight container.

This quantity would make 12 medium sized squares.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy caramelized sugar bars :)

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Puffed Rice Honey Balls

Ingredients:

Puffed rice - 2 cups
Honey - 1/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Cardamom - a pinch

Method:

Take the honey and water in a pan. Boil until the honey reaches 1 string consistency. Once it reaches, simmer the stove and add the cardamom and puffed rice immediately. Stir well until the puffed rice is coated well with the syrup. Take it off the flame and allow it to cool for few mins.

Now grease your hands with ghee and roll out balls. Store them in air tight container.

Crispy and yummy puffed rice honey balls are ready :)

This quantity would make 12 medium sized balls.

Enjoy making :)

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Puffed Rice Marsh-mellow Balls

Ingredients:

Puffed rice - 1 cup
Marsh mellows - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tblsp

Method:

Melt the butter in a pan and add the marsh mellows to it. Stir continuously until it melts totally. Add the puffed rice immediately and mix in until it gets coated well. Switch off the stove and allow it to cool for ten mins.

Roll them into balls and store in air tight container.

This quantity makes 7 medium sized balls. I made flat balls to make a difference :)

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The recipe for this puffed rice jaggery balls were posted last year. Check out the recipe here.

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The recipe for spicy puffed rice was posted previously. Checkout for the recipe here.

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Written by: Nithya
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45 comments:

Rumana Rawat said...

This is my favorite:)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely kolam...and nice array of pori dishes...I luv the puffed rice sugar bars. Last click is too gud!!

Jay said...

wow...amazing clicks..wishing you a very happy Karthigai deepam too...:)

Tasty Appetite

Srivalli said...

Awesome Girl..everything looks simply stunning!..loved Lingam kolam..so beautiful..and you beat the fashion with marshmellow balls..hheheh..:)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh I Miss celebrating Kaarthigai deepam, this is a glorious festival ...love ur first two pic...hope are having fun :) and those puffed rice is great!

Swathi said...

Kolam looks beautiful.Wide varieties of Puff rice balls. Looks delicious . Happy Kaarthigai Deepam

♥Aps♥ said...

Lovely rangoli nd overall lovely clicks nd dishes too :)

indianspicemagic said...

Wow....Wounderful clicks and recipes.Love this hot post on karthigai deepam day.

Shalini said...

lovely lingam kolam. puffed rice balls look so delicious:) nice clicks:)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious sweet yummy love it with jaggery

An Open Book said...

that diya presentation looks fab

Sowmya said...

wonderful collection of diyas and lovely kolam..you 're rocking as usual... awesome clicks!

Rekha shoban said...

nice click and beautiful presentation!!

Lakshmi said...

extraordinary talent !!
very proud to be your friend :-)
Very very nice pori recipes and divine diyas..
Lingam kolam is amazing !!
super girl :)

Shanthi said...

Different collection of recipes with puffed rice and a lovely kolam

Divya Kudua said...

Love the first Rangoli and the beautifully lit diyas..I too lighted a few yesterday,not be be left out of place:)).Love the small kolam too--so many varieties of Pori Sweets/savories!!You've got talent and you've got the patience too--Keep it up!!

PriyaVaasu said...

Happy Deepam Nithi!!!! Love that Honey balls!!! Never knew that we can try it out with honey and marshmallows too!!!!
Lovely Rangoli!!!!

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Happy kaarthigai deepam ...
LOvely presentation of everything.. i donno the technical names.. so plz excuse me :)

GEETHA ACHAL said...

அருமையான விதவிதமான பொரி உருண்டைகள்...சூப்பராக இருக்கு...

Anuradha said...

Lovely and amazing pictures! Interesting varieties. I wish i could taste them... Happy Karthikai!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Superb kolam Nithya,I think last time I copied ur kolam only ;)
All the varieties look interesting,very innovative on marshmallow one!

sanjeeta kk said...

Same to you too, Nithi. Love these snacks a lot. Lovely presentation.

Prathibha said...

Nice kolam and very nicely captured...these puffed rice balls used to be my favorite during my childhood..and spicy puffed rice is always a staple at home for evening snack..

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Wot a great concotion here :)
Soo many varieties of pori's...

Just prepared NeiAppam.. .didnt get pori at the grocer.. feel like grabbing one of them virtually..

rpcooks said...

super !! bursting leftover pattasu from diwali on karthigai ; decorating with lamps and pori urundai! this season just cant get better !! lovely clicks!

Priya said...

Woww puffed rice snacks looks superb, lovely kolam Nithya, i dont words to say..

Panchpakwan said...

Wow yummy spread..

Pavithra said...

Beautiful and delicious treat both for eyes and taste. Gorgeous kolam nithi. All the versions are really delicious and yah here the marshmallow rice crispies snack are popular and kids fav one.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! What a lovely pics ..awesome dear! Love that Rangoli ..i am ur one ofthe fans !:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I soooooooo love your presentations. Those brass deepams are sooooooooo cute and lovely.

Soumya said...

wow....delicious....

Soumya said...

wow....delicious....

kasthurirajam said...

wow......delicious....

Kurinji said...

simply superb!

http://kurinjikathambam.blogspot.com/

vidhas said...

Beautiful kolam,great clicks, innovative urandais, you rock Nithi!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome pictures!!!

Nitha said...

wonderful clicks... love the snacks too...

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Nice kolam dear. Puffed rice recipes looks delicious.

Smita Srivastava said...

Love the rangoli n the wonderful recipes.

Parita said...

Hey girl...how are you doing? Love the pics and the gorgeous red background!

Cynthia said...

Love the new header dear :) And thanks for the introduction to another festival.

Poovalur Balaji said...

Very nice to see and also to prepare&eat on karthigai festival.i have seen and enjoyed all of your preparations displayed very attractively in your blog. hats off to you& congrats.
sankarisivasubramaniam.Trichy-RMH

Gulmohar said...

Love them ..You have made them in all possible ways, rt :-) that's so cool !
BTW the kolam looks so beautiful too :-)

Sowmya said...

your rangoli is too good.it looks as if u had pasted a readymade kolam sticker.excellent.iam too dumbfounded by the vilakus and kolams that i cannot even talk about the pori urundais.just awsome.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

forgot to say, wow, 100,000 hits sound like a big big achievement. May many many more such come your way.

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