Pori Urundai is a very famous sweet made during Karthigai Deepam festival Festival. Karthigai Deepam is celebrated during the Tamil Month of Karthigai. During the entire month of Karthigai, we light lamps at the entrance of the house every evening. There are a lot of childhood memories tangled with this Karthigai Deepam. Some of the crackers and sparkles are always left behind from Deepavali for Karthigai Deepam.
Karthigai Deepam embarks the mythological beliefs and is celebrated for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva proved himself as an endless light before Lord Vishnu and Brahma when they fought for supremacy. It is also believed to be the birth month of Lord Muruga – the son of Lord Shiva. On this Karthigai Deepam day, we light our houses with clay lamps or Agal Vilakku and prepare Pori Urundai, Karthigai kozhukkattai and Maavilaku. This Pori Urundai can be made with Arisi Pori and Nel Pori. In this recipe, I have used the regular arisi pori. The recipe also explains the key steps to be followed to make this correctly. Do try this simple Pori Urundai and let the Lord bring in light to every one of us.
- The key step in making pori urundai is the consistency of jaggery syrup. Jaggery syrup should be in a softball consistency.
- If the puffed rice is not crispy, make sure to dry roast it for a minute or so before making pori urundais.
- I have added finely chopped coconut pieces in this pori urundais. You can also add roasted Bengal gram to it. Dry roast them before adding to the jaggery syrup along with puffed rice.