Ukkarai

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

Ukkarai topped with fried nuts and a tulsi leaf.
Ukkarai

Ingredients  :-

  • 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
  • Water

Method :-

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.

Ukkarai topped with fried nuts and a tulsi leaf.
Ukkarai

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.

Ukkarai topped with fried nuts and a tulsi leaf.
Ukkarai

Tips :-

  • 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.