Ukkarai is a traditional and authentic sweet dish recipe prepared in Chettinad or tamilnadu. There is no function start with out this Ukkarai sweet . This is also a festive sweet recipe very commonly prepared in Tamilnadu. Some people in Chettinadu prepare this sweet even during Deepavali.
Ukkarai is prepared in various ways or methods all over Tamilnadu. Today I have shared this sweet recipe i8n one way which can be prepared very easily by even beginners. It is relatively healthy sweet dish with no white sugar or no frying. Do try this Ukkarai sweet dish during this festive season and enjoy.
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Total time – 25 minutes
Makes – 5 to 6 servings
- 1 cup split green gram ( hesarubele )
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- 1/4 cup semolina (sooji )
- 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
- 5 tbsp ghee
- 5 cashew nuts
- 5 almonds
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Dry roast the dal or green gram in a kadai on low flame until you notice light golden brown on the dal.
Heat 2 cups of water in cooker , when the water starts to boil add in roasted dal and quarter spoon of ghee and give a nice mix.
Then cook for three whistles and allow to cool down completely.
In the mean time ,fry the fine chopped nuts in the ghee and take out.
Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a non stick pan and add in rice flour and semolina and roast on low flame for one to two minutes .
When you feel nice aroma , now add in 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups of hot water and give a nice stir.
Mix constantly until suji becomes soft , now add in fresh coconut and give a nice mix.
Then add in cooked green gram and stir nicely once.
Sauté nicely for one minute, then add in jaggery powder and mix nicely.
Then add in one tbsp ghee and sauté nicely , when the jaggery melts completely .
Now add in left over ghee and stir in constantly till the sweet or halwa leaves the pan.
Lastly add in cardamom powder and fried nuts and give a nice mix and sauté on low flame for a minute.
Transfer the Ukkarai to a bowl and top the Ukkarai with fried nuts and a tulsi leaf.
Then offer this Ukkarai to Goddess Lakshmi during this festive season.
- You may replace jaggery with sugar.
- You may use half cup split green gram and half cup bengal gram instead of one cup split green gram.
- Use upma rawa for nice structure to the sweet.
- One cup equals 200ml.