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Sunday, January 10, 2010

AKKARA ADISIL / AKKARAVADISAL

AKKARAVADISAL, HOW TO MAKE AKKARAVADISALThough all the days in the month margazhi are important, Vaikunta Ekadashi and Koodaraivalli have the sanctity in worshipping the Lord. This "Akkara adisil" is prepared on the koodaravalli day (27th day of margazhi) and offered to the Lord. In the 27th poem "Koodaraivellum" of "Tiruppavai" Sri Andal says "Mooda nei peidhu muzhangai vazhivaara"and so we prepare the akkara adisil with lot of ghee & "Koodi irundu kulirndhaelo" meaning share and enjoy the food with everyone present. The akkaravadisal given in temples as prasadam has its own unique taste. As there were enormous cows in "ayarpadi", I have clicked the dish with a cow. Enjoy the IYENGAR FAMOUS AKKARA ADISIL (AKKARAVADISAL).

INGREDIENTS:

Raw rice - 1/4 cup
Moong dhal(yellow split) - 1 tablespoon
Jaggery crushed - 1/2 cup
Saffron - 1 pinch
Cashews - 12
Kismis(dry grapes) - 15
Pachaikarpooram - a pinch
Cardamom - 2
Milk - 1 litre
Ghee -6 tablespoons


AKKARAVADISAL, HOW TO MAKE AKKARAVADISAL
Wash rice and dhal. Drain the water completely.

Heat a deep and heavy bottomed vessel (preferable pressure cooker) , & roast the rice dhal mixture till it changes colour and slightly yellow. Now add 1/2 litre of milk and allow it to cook in the milk. ( OR) pressure cook for 4 whistles. When done, mash the rice well.Soak saffron in a tablespoon of hot milk. Crush jaggery, dissolve in very little water, strain out the dust and add it to the mashed rice.

Now add 1/2 of the ghee and the remaining milk mix well and stir for a while on stove. The consistency should be semi-solid. Add powdered cardamom, saffron and pachaikarpooram. Add in the remaining ghee. Garnish with fried cashews and kismis.


NOTE: The dish should be semi-solid and you can add more milk to get the desired consistency.

38 comments :

  1. what a wonderful tempting pic,loved the nuts on top of it and very yummy too...

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  2. Oh my god.. it looks damn tempting.. yummmmm.. had this in temple today.. was so yummy and now this picture is tempting me tooooo much.

    Awesome clicks, especially the second one. :)

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  3. Wow.. It looks so inviting with loads of ghee and cashews.. Sure, anything offered to the Lord first has its own unique taste!! Urs look perfect Shanthiji!! Loved the first click :)

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  4. looks so nice,I have had this SRC mess,divine taste! The pictures are too very professional!

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  5. Yummy Sweet with Nuts......nice click

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  6. lovely and delicious Akkaravadisal.

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  7. What a beautiful click..looks absolutely yumm.

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  8. Lovely dish,My all time favorite.Beautiful click

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  9. The dish looks so tempting but I have one doubt. Do we have to roast the rice dal mix in ghee or plain as you mention later use the 1/2 ghee.

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  10. Roast rice and dhal plain, without ghee and later on add ghee.

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  11. My friend use to make this,have taste.Really an excellent sweet.

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  12. Very nice !! does the name akkara adisil comes from akkara meaning eleven which is the ekadashi (11th day) or because of the 11 ingredients that go into making it

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  13. Hi SE, Akkaram is jaggery in Tamil.

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  14. Shanthi Maami - akkaravadisal looks sooo good. This is one of the many perks of being Iyengar - you get to eat this many times a year! Usually it does not look so pretty like what you've made it to be! Perfect - I want a hot bowl of this!

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  15. Oh wow that my fav one...so tempting and wish to have that whole bowl ...

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  16. i wish to try this soon..it luks so delicious...u mentioned one litre milk and used half litre??..

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  17. mmm. looks sooo tempting and delicious.

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  18. Lovely dish.. Looks delicious...

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  19. Hey nice dish shanti...pic luks very tempting n nicely presented also...nice prasad, its new 2 me...

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  20. it looks yummy..nice click too

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  21. This dessert looks delicious, I have to try it!

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  22. I know until then they have been observing the paavai nonbu refusing milk and ghee etc, and on this day they rejoice that the prayers will be heard and want to have something that will drip ghee until your elbow. What better can be than akkarvadisil?
    Awesome picture for a very favourite dish.

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  23. I am trying to cut down sweets and this does not help. Quite like Chakara Pongal.

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  24. Looks beautiful...ama makes this (or i dunno if its sarkaraipongal, i think she makes like this only )....enakku ippove naaku urudhe...
    Ama is not in town, and i was thinking of making prasadam...i found this post really useful...will tell u after i try out how it turned out to be! (hope it's not a disaster :)! )

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  25. Here's my after-cooking report...
    It is the first time i was making any sweet of any kind...
    i think it came out pretty ok , but i didn't mash the rice very well... :(
    I think my Perumal is now thinking- ''y did i get trapped with this girl? i have to eat all this!''...i wish i could cook like u, though it was my first time...
    Thanku so much 4 the receipe... :))

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  26. great sweet.. :) Seeing this i was reminded of Vasu's Akaravadisal... ;) Was too tempted to eat it and made it right away. :) And ya it turned out great.. Thanks for the recipe..

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  27. The picture itself looks very yummy :)
    You are doing a great service to all of us by sharing immense and highly valued knowledge. Thanks a lot !

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  28. Shanthi Madam ,
    Tried your Akkaravadisal today ...came out so well ...it is tasting delicious ...Thank you so much for the recipe ...

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  29. i am a beginner to cooking, while adding pachai karpooram should i add it directly or dissolve in water and add. i added it directly while doing sarkarai pongal it was not mixing well.

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  30. Shanthi...I tried it and i must say it tasted divine!!!!
    i have blogged baout it here
    http://veenasvegnation.blogspot.in/2012/06/akkaraadisal.html

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  31. Tried this and LOVED it !!

    I am so glad I found your authentic recipe. IT TASTED DELICIOUS and I could not stop eating :-)

    Thank you for sharing your lovely traditional recipes with all of us. Please keep up the good work !!

    REGARDS,
    ANUSHA

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  32. Amma just told this is to be made today......we are going to follow this recipe and make....thanks di....

    - Kumar

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  33. I just saw this now. I want to know whether it need not be kept on flame after mashing the rice that is when pressure cooked. I would like to try. Narayani

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