Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Puri Unde - Caramelized rice puffs

I have seen some awesome recipes and some great photography the last few weeks - it's so inspiring!! I have been blog-hopping quite a bit, reading an awesome book about nutrition... I think I am going to do a blog post on it sometime soon. I've been going on long walks, and been spending a lot of time in my yard, which I need to share some pictures of... There's so much to do!!  There has been a lot of cooking and just a little bit of photography going on. My list of to-do items has increased dramatically, and I don't think I am doing anything much about it! :( I need to finish reading the book on food photography and practice what I learned... Thanks to all the awesome bloggers out there, you really push me to new creative heights!!

Things may look easy, but there is always a learning curve... I grew up eating puri unde and never thought of it as an exotic dessert or snack. Thank to Almost-Teen who asked me to make sweet puri unde from rice puffs like her ajji (grandmother) makes. I called my mom for the recipe, and she made it sound so simple! I have never seen my mother struggle with the recipe, and there was no forewarning (cough cough), so I assumed it was easy.

The first time, everything was perfect. The taste, the crunch, everything!

Then we discovered a problem - it did not form balls. I did some 'unde' (ball) trouble shooting, as it was too late to call my mother, but Google did not come to my rescue either! After studying the caramelized rice puffs, I came to the conclusion that there was too little jaggery in the recipe. Here Almost-Teen is complaining that she told me that multiple times... I have to admit it - she did. So we had an action replay with more jaggery, and surprise surprise!! Our Puri Unde became a success. This is an easy recipe but remember no two apples are the same,in this case jaggery, so you might want to make a small batch to ensure that you get the right proportion. Bon Appetit, everyone!!

4 cups puffed rice (preferably basmati)
3- 4 jaggery pyramids or 2-3 cups of powdered jaggery depends on kind of jaggery and the age!
1 and 1/2 cups roasted peanut
1 and 1/2 cup roasted gram/daliya
1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp cardamom powder
1/2 cup water or more

1/2 cup rice flour

Dry roast the puffed rice, nuts and sesame and set aside.

In a large bowl, add water and jaggery and on a low flame let it thicken. You will know when the syrup is perfect when you hold a drop of the mix between your thumb and index finger and separate your index finger from your thumb - it should form two strings. I wish I had taken a picture of that! Other test - in a glass of cold water drop the jaggery liquid, it should fall at the bottom and not disintegrate in water. I find the first test more accurate.

Switch off the heat and pour the puffed rice and all the other ingredients into the jaggery mix. Mix the jaggery mixture into the rice puffs quickly and thoroughly, or the jaggery will harden and the rice puffs will not take shape. Rub your hands in the rice flour and form balls with your hands. Make sure you use the rice flour or else you might end up burning your hands.

Enjoy !!

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  1. Simple nice and very very tasty, love the click!!

  2. Wow..I have gone for those cuties..Simple and tasty.

  3. nice and crisp murmura laddoo.will try this soon:)
    loved the presentation and the click!

  4. Very yummy with awesome shots

  5. I love to eat this as a snack...looks perfect n yumm

  6. My all time fav,makes me nostalgic.

  7. Hi Simi I am your new follower. These ladoos look delicious we call it kurmure ladoo. Do visit my space in ur free time.

  8. my fav. snacks.. love those pics..

  9. I loved the clicks!!! We call it muri ke ladoo and they look really cute and crunchy.

  10. Thats such a yummy snack especially for kids and bigger kid like me ;) Nice clicks..
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  11. very delicious crisp snack,yummmy :-))
    nice clicks..:-)

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  12. Awesome clicks. I love puffed rice urandai's. They are an awesome snack.

  13. My Granny makes these quite often, they are great as snack- crispy & cruncy. your look perfect

  14. Rice flour tip is a good one. I have had problems making the perfect round ones.

  15. Seem eot be very crispy & love the clicks.

  16. Wow looks crisp n crunch..never tried this one..looks grt

  17. My all time favorite.... crispy... perfect click...Thanks for visiting....

  18. we call these mudkis....urs look fabulous dear !!!loved the clicks n ur presentation !!

  19. Your photos speak a volume turmericnspice, i found you via I could not resist adding few of your amazing phtos as ref on my ogleogle wall. My kids are little pick eaters, I want to try this rice puff recipe, will let you know how it goes.



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