Karthigai Deepam / Thirukarthigai is a festival of lights celebrated in South India and falls on the Tamil month of Karthigai. There are many interesting stories behind observing this festival. In the evening of the festival day, oil lamps are lit up in houses and streets. The lighting of lamps is considered very auspicious and brings in prosperity and happiness in the home.
On karthigai festival, we put kolams, decorate the whole house with oil lamps and make neivedhyam (sweets). Pori urundai is a traditional sweet made during Karthigai festival. It can be made with nel pori or aval pori. As I don't get nel pori here, I made with arisi pori (puffed rice). These sweet puffed rice balls also make a healthy after-school snack for kids.
Notes and Tips
- Use dark colored jaggery (paagu vellam) for making these balls.
- The soft-ball consistency stage is very important for this recipe. If removed in the wrong stage, you will not be able to form the balls or the balls will become very hard.
- If the puffed rice mixture completely cools down, it will be difficult to form balls. In this case, heat the mixture lightly to melt the syrup and make balls.