The name itself denotes "excellent". Athirasam....means very tasty.
Raw rice - 1 cup
Crushed jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - to deep fry
Soak rice in water for an hour. Drain the water completely, spread it on a clean towel and pat it dry. Grind it in a mixie to a fine powder. Sieve well.
Heat a ladle of water in a heavy bottomed pan , dissolve the jaggery and strain it through a strainer to prevent dust and mud. Heat again and make a thick syrup. ( the consistency is gathered consistency, the one just before soft ball consistency. Check up here for sugar syrup consistencies). Add in the cardamom powder and rice flour. Switch off the stove and mix well. When cool, take small balls out of it, flatten with your hand, and deep fry in oil. When golden brown on both sides, take out and press it firmly between two spatulas. Tasty Athirasam is ready.