Monday, June 7, 2010

Ari unda/ Rice laddos/ Rice Balls


Ari unda meaning rice balls is a traditional sweet of Kerala with very little ingredients but has a wonderful aroma of roasted rice, coconut and cardamon. For me this sweet invokes lots of childhood memories. As children we used to sit around joyfully and watch grandmother and aunts busy pounding and mixing rice and jaggery to make this laddos. Mainly it was made on festive occasions or was packed off along with pickle and preserves as gifts for uncles and cousins when the return after their yearly visits to Kerala. It is usually made by dry roasting matta or chemba rice till brown and then making a fine powder of it. I have instead used a shortcut which my mom uses as it was difficult for me to pound the rice. It came out well and my family was able to enjoy the traditional taste of ari unda.

Ingredients
Rice flour- 1 1/2 cups
Jaggery- 1 cup
Coconut- 3/4 cup
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Cardamon powder- 1 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp
Cashews crushed- 3 tsp
Cumin- a pinch


Take rice flour in a bowl and sprinkle coconut milk little by little and mix the flour with your hands. Do not pour in but just sprinkle and incorporate.You need to wet the flour and make sure that there are no lumps.Also add cumin and roast this flour really fine on medium heat till there is a nice aroma and it becomes crispy. Let this cool off a bit.
Boil jaggery along with 1/2 cup of water strain and remove impurities. But it back to heat and allow it to attain a two thread consistency. Add cashew nuts, coconuts and cardamon powder. Adding coconut will make the mixture watery. Once it again attains the two thread consistency incorporate this into the  rice flour and also add in ghee. Let it cool off a bit. Make small balls when it is still warm( Make sure you can handle it). You can preserve this in a closed container for more than two weeks.

Try this..

Hope you will all enjoy.

37 comments:

  1. Looks yuMM :) Yes, it will be named attieke ( pronouced as Achaki or achiki

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  2. What a flavourful and delicious ladoos...looks really cute :-)

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  3. wonderful and delicious looking ladoos...lovely pics as well...

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  4. Ariunda looks delish Suja...ayyo kothy varunu..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  5. Wow looks just delicious...

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  6. wow what a superb presentation...anyone would love to have this..

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  7. Yummy looking laddus, nice pictures

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  8. Look fantastic..i have eaten them back in hostel..One of my friends used to get these

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  9. Thanks all for your sweet comments:)
    Thanks Rach would love to try that one dear:)

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  10. This is so yummy and perfectly shaped dear...

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  11. I have never tried rice flour ladoos but they sound delicious.

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  12. ariyunda looks perfect...orennam kittiyirunnekil...

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  13. looks so beautiful and tempting

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  14. wow.. this looks delicious Suja..

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  15. Wow, Suja they looks so delicious and tempting. Never had them before. Beautiful !!!

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  16. Ari unda looks really yummy..Shortcut method kollam..First picture, superb!!

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  17. Hi Savi,

    I have a Sunshine and Circle Of friends award for you. Check Out Tomorrow on ly blog. :) Have Fun and enjoy every bite in life :)

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  18. wow ariyunda! my favorite!...with all those sweet childhood memories!

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  19. Suja...tats awesome..reminds me of my amma who used to pound rice and make it fm de sctrath...simply love em...thks for sharing.

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  20. Yummmmy...Ari unda makes me nostalgic..my mom used to make this.

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  21. looks perfect dear and nice click too. ente mother in law de special anu.

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  22. I wont bother to have some rice balls rite now..looks fantastic Suja..

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  23. super super nammal kannur karu vere method annu use chyunna....ari unda undakkan kannaur karu annu expert ennu entta neighbour parayum...

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  24. Such lovely and inviting laddoos...

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  25. Ayyo...kothipichu kollunne....adipoli....ippo venma enikku..vannal kittumo?? atho ellarum koode theertho??

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  26. Rice laddoos looks perfect you hv done it beautifully ,,presentation n photography looks sooo cute.

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  27. Thanks all for your sweet comments and encouraging words :)
    Beena would love to learn that recipe dear :)
    Sarah you are most welcome..ethu theerthu...veere undakamalloo :)

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  28. ari unda looks great and mouth watering..well mounted and clicked

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  29. i have never tried this..can u blve tht...i shud give it a try sooon and find out how it tastes..pic looks nice

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  30. Ladoo looks absolutely delicious Suja. So beautiful a picture dear!

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  31. Hi suja,thats a pleasing array of laddoos one would long for esp me :) Pictures are well captured,happy to follow u.

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  32. Wow. These are so wonderful.

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  33. I've never tried this ladoo..I want too gobbleup right now..looks so tempting!! sure to try soon...

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  34. This is my favorite.but method sounds a bit different from yours.Seems your method is easy.Thanks for sharing.

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  35. hmmm....
    they look perfect and delicious dear :-)

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  36. Lovely rice balls...Nice presentation.

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  37. Thanks all for your feedback's and encouraging comments..Thanks for stopping by, do visit often.

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