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Pori Urundai | Sweet Puffed Rice Balls

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. 


{ Sweet puffed balls with jaggery, coconut, dry ginger and cardamom powder }
Makes 14-15


½ cup grated jaggery
¼ cup water
2 tsp ghee
4 cups puffed rice / pori
¼ cup thin coconut slivers
¼ tsp dry ginger powder
½ tsp cardamom powder
Rice flour to dust hands


1. In a small pan, heat ½ tsp ghee and fry the coconut slivers for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

2. Heat a kadai and add jaggery and water. Melt the jaggery completely and strain it to remove any impurities.

3. Wash the kadai and add the strained jaggery syrup to it. Cook the syrup over medium flame until it becomes frothy and thick.

4. Add few drops of the syrup in a plate of water. The syrup should not dissolve and if we collect the syrup together, it should form a soft ball.

5. This is the required consistency of the jaggery syrup. Remove from heat and add remaining ghee, coconut slivers, dry ginger powder, cardamom powder and puffed rice.

6. Quickly combine everything until the puffed rice is well coated with syrup. When the mixture is warm, grease hands with oil/ghee and roll tightly into balls.

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.


  1. looks perfect.. one of my fav sweet

  2. Me too clicked today,you have made it perfectly...

  3. i cant say how much i love these
    beautiful one :) Will try this once :) Nice pics :)

  4. I loved the second shoot, lovely capture.

  5. wow!! looks so yummy, perfectly made and lovely clicks :)

  6. You have made it perfectly and beautiful clicks too..

  7. very delicious looking puffed rice balls. I like that you have added ginger powder.

  8. Perfectly made,looks so yummy

  9. Love to munch those crisp balls at any time. As always lovely photography.

  10. A favorite among kids! Lovely!

  11. Beautiful clicks Sona.. You made them perfectly..

  12. Perfectly made pori urundai's dear.. Awesome pics too.

  13. m jus loving the coconut bites every time i miss it.. but nor tis time. sopperrr

  14. Looks perfect & Delicious...

  15. Lovely presentation Sona and you have them perfectly.

  16. looks really so good... I have some pori in my pantry, feeling so badly tempted...

  17. You have made it perfectly.. lovely pics.

  18. Brought back childhood memories.. I used to eat them when I was a kid.. never tried making them.

  19. Ohh wow.. I used to love this as a kid.
    Yummy yummy


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