I wish you all a happy and colourful "Kaarthigai Deepam".

Kaarthigai deepam is a festival of lights celebrated throughout Tamilnadu, that fall in the tamil month of Kaarthigai on the full moon day. On this day, the houses are decorated by lighting oil lamps all over. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol and Its believed that it brings Joy and Prosperity. The sweet made for this day is pori (puffed flakes) urundai.. Some types of pori are Aval (poha) pori, Nel (brown rice) pori and Arisi (rice) pori. Today, i made this with puffed rice flakes. I added the hot jaggery little by little to the flakes and peanuts and so I'm not sure how much puffed rice and peanuts i have used. It yielded about 7 nos. of pori urundai and 9 nos. of peanut balls.


  • Jaggery (Dark brown sugar) - 1 1/4 cups
  • Puffed rice flakes
  • Peanuts
  • Cardamom powder - 1 /2 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp

How to make it:

Pori Urundai:

Grease a plate with little ghee. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the jaggery and on a medium heat, stir continuously until it starts bubbling. Add the cardamom powder. To test if the jaggery is in the right consistency, add a spoon of it into cold water. Try making it into a small ball by draining the water. The jaggery is cooked to the right consistency, if you could make a ball out of it. Switch off the stove. Add the puffed rice flakes to the greased plate and add jaggery little by little and when its still hot, and with your hands greased with ghee make balls out of it.

Kadalai urundai:

Take skins off the peanuts. Follow the steps above, similar to making pori urundai. Add jaggery to the peanuts and make balls out of it.

Tip: Adding coconut pieces to the pori urundai enhances the taste.

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19 Responses
  1. anudivya Says:

    I need to make something too!
    Your pics are so beautiful with the deepam and the sweets. Good job.

  2. Usha Says:

    The pictures are so beautiful, I just finished making the pori urundai myself, Happy Karthigai Deepam to you too :-)

  3. Cham Says:

    Hope u had a wonderful Deepam , love the agal vilakku :) Happy Kartikai deepam.

  4. Trupti Says:

    Happy Karthigai Deepam balls looks very delicious

  5. vidhas Says:

    Happy karthigai Deepam to you. Lovely pictures and tempting.

  6. Happy karthigai Deepam to you.pori urundai looks delicious Anu

  7. Finla Says:

    Beautiful picture and they looks yummy delciious.

  8. Unknown Says:

    Super Anu.. looks perfect & nice click.. Happy DEEPAM>>>...

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  10. Raks Says:

    I too posted balls with our ordinary pori...Hope you had a hearty karthigai deepam...
    Picture looks so good Anu!

  11. Srikitchen Says:

    pori urundai is my all time favorite!
    all the pics are so good!
    join in the sweet event going in my blog!

  12. Laavanya Says:

    Lovely treats for Karthigai :)

  13. Rathna Says:

    Yummy looking uryndai's. I'm sure you had a good hearty Karthigai. I love these too.

  14. Priya Suresh Says:

    WOw wat a lovely tempting treats for deepam..Happy karthigai deepam..

  15. Unknown Says:

    both the ladoos look good..I made appams..did not find the kathikai pori here..

  16. Uma Says:

    Looks so festive here. yummy treats!

  17. Kalai Says:

    Kalakal urundais, Anu! Hope you had a wonderful karthigai deepam, dear! :)

  18. Pavani Says:

    ooh..deepam looking great yaar..and balls are yummy..yaar

  19. The pictures look so colorful. The balls look so delicious....