Athirasam/Ariselu for Indian Cooking Challenge

When Srivalli announced Adirasam as the challenge for this month, I had mixed emotions. I was happy ‘coz it is my favorite sweet, scared because it can trick even a well experienced cook/chef. My mom always says that making savory snacks is easy compared to sweets and especially adirasam, which she calls as “mirror like look” (shiny) when it is well done and fried.

Though amma makes adirasams for festivals like diwali and karthigai (and when I go home), she also makes it to remember the day my Grandmother passed away as adirasam was granny’s favorite sweet. Mom will be muttering to herself from the time she starts making adirasams for the D-day and will keep reminding her what to do to get the correct consistency. That is the only time I get to see her panicking in the kitchen. Mom says it is also a mark of respect and she wants to get it correct on that day.

I have not tried adirasam till now as I was worried about the consistency of the syrup. Either the dough can turn up as thick rocks or disintegrate in the oil. Luckily,Srivalli posted two recipes, one with paagu and another simple method and naturally I chose the second option.

Ingredients: (Makes 8-9 adirasams)

Rice Flour – 1 cup
Jaggery(Unrefined Palm sugar)-1/2 cup
Coconut grated – 2 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Water – 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp ( I skipped this)

Canola oil- To deep fry
Ghee – 1 tsp ( I added this to oil to make the adirasams taste as if they were deep fried in ghee).


I had achu vellam and I used 3 cubes of the jaggery to give a mildly sweet/ not overpowering taste.

Let the jaggery dissolve in exact measurement of water. Filter once and simmer it on the stove. Adding more water to the jaggery will only take longer cooking time.

Once the jaggery- water starts boiling, add cardamom powder and coconut. Mix well. Slowly add the rice flour and mix well to avoid any lumps. At one stage the flour will stop sticking to the pan and you can collect it together like a ball.

Remove from fire and keep aside, covered. You can also store this basic dough to make adirasams later. Divide the dough into equal parts.

Heat oil on a pan to deep fry the adirasams.

Wrap a cling film on a chappati maker and take one portion of the dough. Slightly press it like a pattie and transfer it to the oil. Let it fry on both sides. Drain on a paper towel and store in a airtight container.

Serve as a snack. We just finished it off by munching one every now and then 😉

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20 Comments to “Athirasam/Ariselu for Indian Cooking Challenge”

  1. Joanne says:

    Sweets are definitely a lot more fickle than savory dishes. but it looks like you hit this one on the head! Delicious.

  2. Shri says:

    Looks absolutely delicious..Very traditional!

  3. Shri says:

    Looks terrific, Ruchika..I am unable to post the comment..

  4. says:

    These look lovely golden brown and delicious.

  5. Pavani says:

    They look awesome. I had the same reaction as you that my ariselu are going to be a big flop, even though I couldn’t participate in this month’s challenge, after seeing how successful everybody was, I’m going to try these pretty soon.

  6. Cham says:

    Very difficult everyone should agree about adhirasam- u ve done beautifully!

  7. indosungod says:

    You are expert! Look at them, so beautiful. You know what I have some business in Texas, save some.

  8. BDSN says:

    Can u send some over..they look very pretty..
    We miss these kinds of snacks in the US bcoz making it is such a big task..that too without errors like u said..

    Hey thanks for dropping by and explaining about the lemon remedy for headaches…I will try it and let u know the results…

  9. Jayasri says:

    Hi , You have done a good job!!, They look very cute, that’s my favourite, I am going to post tomorrow, I have done the basic and am frying it tomorrow for ugadi!!, Happy ugadi to you and your family

  10. Well, looks like that you are a pro:) they have come out really well… and am sure wud have tasted yummm:) Please, send some to me as well;)

  11. Raks says:

    Has come out nice Ruchika! I have not had this for almost 2-3 yrs :( I miss this a lot …sure have to try of my own !

  12. its come out perfect and looks delicious…and wish you a very happy ugadi sowjanya….

  13. Padhu says:

    Wow looks fantastic .Thanks for the recipe as I do not know to do this

  14. Suma says:

    I love these chewy yummy sweet things!! Delicious!!

  15. Latha says:

    Came out really good. Beautiful!!!

  16. PJ says:

    I too tried the same method and loved doing it.Your lookd great!

  17. notyet100 says:

    looks so yummy must hve tasted great

  18. Lata Raja says:

    Perfect Sowjanya! Now I am determined to try the second recipe too.

  19. Srivalli says:

    Looks very nice..:)

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