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Ariselu (Athirasam)

                                                Ingredients for Ariselu (Athirasam)

Ingredients:

2 and half cups rice powder

1 cup grated jaggery

3 table spoons til (sesame)

3 table spoons grated coconut (optional)

half cup water

OIl for deep fry

Method:

Soak 2 cups of rice for around  5 to 6 hours.  Drain and spread on a clean cotton cloth.  Let it dry for 5 to 10 mins.  Grind to fine powder in a mixie.  Sieve the powder if necessary.  The powder should be slightly damp. The  quantity of the powder should be around 2 and half cups.  

                                                Jaggery syrup for Ariselu (Athirasam)

Take a thick bottomed vessel.  Pour half cup of water and add one cup grated jaggery to it.  After the jaggery melts filter the syrup in a tea strainer.  Now  in a medium flame make a thick syrup. 

                                            Checking  the syrup for  Ariselu (Athirasam)

To check the syrup's consistency ...Take some water in a bowl.  Put a drop of  syrup into the water.  The syrup should be lumpy and settle at the bottom.  It should not melt.  Now add the grated coconut to it. (you may use small coconut peices too)  Mix well.

                                 Rice powder mixed in the jaggery syrup Ariselu (Athirasam)

Now slowly add the rice powder to the syrup stirring constantly.  

            

                                                       Dough for Ariselu (Athirasam) 

Switch off the flame, and add sesame seeds.  Mix well.  See that there are no lumps formed.  Let it cool.

                                                    Ariselu (Athirasam) being prepared

Now make small balls (bigger than a lemon).  Take a plastic sheet.  Apply some oil on it.  Now with your fingers shape the balls to round pooris.  

                                               Ariselu (Athirasam) deep fried until golden brown

Heat Oil in pan and deep fry in a medium flame until golden brown.  

                                Ariselu (Athirasam) being pressed between to ladles to remove excess oil

Remove from the oil, place between two ladles and press.  Remove the oil completely drain on a kitchen paper.

                                                                 Ariselu (Athirasam)

Let cool and store it in a air tight container.  Andhra famous sweet Ariselu are ready......Enjoy.......

Tip: You can store Ariselu for more than two weeks.

                                                                Ariselu (Athirasam)