Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Porulvilanga Urundai / Mystery Balls

       This is one of the sweets you cannot find in a regular sweet stall in Tamilnadu- India. My grandma used to make this sweet whenever she visited us. It has this funny name, porul + vilanga + urundai, which is translated as, unknown round thing (!?!)    
sweet rice balls
Porulvilanga Urundai
As I said before, this blog is for my daughter and my nieces. I want them to learn about some of the traditional food and sweet i know. My older sister was one of the li'l helpers, who helped my grandma then, i got this recipe from her. It's a simple recipe made with powdered rice and vellam / jaggery / sugar syrup.  
porul vilanga urundai
rice, jaggery and spices...
1 cup       uncooked rice
3/4 cup    water
3/4 cup  *jaggery / vellam     
1/2"         dried ginger
1 pinch    salt
2             cardamom  
2 tbs        dried coconut pieces
* made with unrefined cane sugar juice or with the sap of date palm tree.
1. Heat a pan and dry roast the rice till it becomes puffed and light brown in color, let it cool for some time. 
2. Grind the rice, dried ginger and cardamom in a blender / grinder to a fine powder. 
3. Sift the rice flour with a sieve to separate any remaining coarse rice, grind it again to a fine flour. Reserve 2 tbs flour for dusting.
4. In a separate saucepan heat the water and add the jaggery and salt, stir it till the jaggery gets dissolved. Remove from heat and strain it to remove any impurities in it.
5. Pour the liquid in the pan again and boil it for 5 more mins, to get a thick sugar syrup, remove from heat.
6. Make a mound of the flour on a flat work surface.
7. Create a hollow/ well in the middle of the mound and add spoonfuls of sugar syrup into it and stir the mixture with a fork.  
8. Make small balls with the wet flour. Roll the balls real quick as it tends to become dry and hard very soon. Coat the balls with the reserved flour. 
9. Allow it to cool and store it in an airtight container. This sweet has longer shelf life.
porulangai urundai
dry roast the rice....
porulanga urundai
sift the flour and reserve some for dusting...
porulvilanga  urundai
boil the sugar syrup....
porul vilangai urundai
mound the flour...
sweet rice flour balls.
add the sugar syrup to the flour..
porul vilangai urundai
stir the mixture with a fork
porulanga urundai
hardened sweet balls ready 


Divya Pramil said...

Delectable.. :) Thanks for leading me to your lovely space!!!Following you now :)
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Priya R said...

lovely post Neela and loved your comments on my blog too :-) please pass on the goodies

Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said...

Very interesting recipe, looks wonderful! Thanks Neela for visiting me and for your sweet words. Hope to hear from you agian :)

Neela Rufus said...

Thanks Ambreen :)