Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Tamil New Year

 A very quick post folks for the festival!



Sakkarai Sooru (sugary rice) is prepared twice a year in my mom's kitchen. Pongal ( Jan 14 th) and for Tamil New Year (April 14 th), this orangey color sugar rice is served as a first course. The festival meal is served in banana leaf and the "dessert item/sweet" is first eaten by everyone before moving to whole spicy meal. The sweet is not for hiking the blood sugar level, belief is the whole year we should be Blessed & Filled with Happy Moments :)

Wish you a A Happy and Prosperous Tamil New Year



Sakkarai Sooru

Ingredients:

Cooked rice: 1 cup
Edible camphor: a pinch - crushed
Cardamom: 4 to 5 pods crushed
Food color: (orange /kesari color): 1/8 tsp (mix in a tsp of water)

Sugar: 3/4 cup or 1/2 cup (if you want less sugary)
Water: 1/4 cup

Garnish:
Ghee: 1 tbsp or may add more for flavor at the end
Cashew or any nuts: 1 to 2 tbsp broken
Raisin: 2 tsp

Cooked Rice: should be  slightly overdone. Spread in a plate and cool it. If it is cooked perfectly once dumped in sugar syrup it may turns grainy!

Make a sugar syrup:
Mix sugar + water and bring to boil. Remove any impurities by straining or scoop out by a spoon. Sugar syrup should be in one string consistency. Add the orange (kesari) water mix.
Now add the cooked rice in sugar syrup and stir well.
Keep covered in low flame until the syrup is absorbed.
Once the rice is dry, Ghee can be added + the cashew + raisins , sprinkle the cardamom and edible camphor.
Switch off the stove, serve hot or warm.

Rice variety: Only raw rice/new crop is better (Basmati can be used too)

It looks like Kesari but taste cannot be compared- totally different as the main ingredient is Rice and camphor gives an extra kick - sending to Priya who is celebrating Sweets with Rice created by Nivedita.

35 comments:

Now Serving said...

This looks quite yummy :) Happy New year to you too :) have a blessed year

LG said...

Wish you a very happy new year Cham. Sweet rice looks yummy..

sowmya's creative saga said...

good one..will try it sometime..

Cilantro said...

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள் !

notyet100 said...

wish ya happy new year,..;-)
dessert looks so delicious,.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Yummy looking colorful dessert....Happy new year to u and ur family

Bong Mom said...

Wish you a Happy New Year too Sistah !!!. Dessert looks so good.

Sujatha said...

Iniya Puthandu Vazhthukkal Cham.. Yummy dessert..

aipi said...

Happy New Year to you and family Cham!
I am in love with the color of that rice- thanks for sharing this delicious recipe :)
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SS blogs here said...

Happy New Year, Cham!

Nandini said...

Nice bright colour! Happy Tamil New Year!

Vandana Rajesh said...

A very happy new year Cham to you and family. Loved the colour, the sakkarai sooru looks so inviting...wish I could just have a spoonful right now:)

lata raja said...

I have had the end product resulting in not a mash but grainy unlike this perfect sarkarai soru. I can just feel the 'kick' the camphor adds to this...kovil prasadham feel right?

Priya said...

Happy new year wishes to u and ur family Cham..Sweet rice looks super delicious,i dont bother to have some rite now..

Thanks for sending dear..

Kadhyaa... said...

this sweet looks very close to wat we prepare rice kesari but v dont add camphor whats that

Pavithra said...

Happy New year Dear.. the sweet looks so so delicious.

DEESHA said...

Happy New Year to you ... we call this Annada Kesari baath .. looks lovely

jayasree said...

A very happy New Year to you and yours, Cham.

This oranje colored rice is new to me with sugar as sweetener. Sounds interesting.

Madhavi said...

Wish you a very happy new year Cham. Yummyyy Sweet rice :)

Gargi Joshi said...

very nice color

Prathibha said...

Happy New year Cham...that rice looks sooper delicious..yumm

Laavanya said...

Happy Tamil new year Cham. My mom make chakkarai pongal too.. this is very different though. Pretty colour.

My Saffron Kitchen said...

Wish you a very Happy New Year..:)

G.Pavani said...

new n delicious sweet,,bookmarked it dear..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Love to see such a traditional recipe. Looks so good. Really want to try this instead of regular old kesari...YUM!

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful click..hope you had a great start!!

Curry Leaf said...

Hope you had a wonderful New Year Cham. The rice is delish and one of my favorites.

homecooked said...

I thought it was rava kesari first...then i saw the recipe and saw its made of rice. Looks very delicious Cham. happy New year.

Gulmohar said...

The feast on banana leaf is making me very nostalgic :-) this sakkara soooru will definitely makes things better and I love that you added some camphor in it :-)

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sakarai sooru looks perfect.. simple and so inviting

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Usha said...

Looks fantastic. Great treat to start the new year :-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Belated Wishes, Happy Tamil New Year. Lovely dish...love the color.

Nithu said...

Looks wonderful and colorful.

meeso said...

Happy New Year to you! This looks great :)

Krithi's Kitchen said...

This is the first time I am hearing this name.. sakkarai soru.. though I believe I have tasted this rice.. super-delicious!
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