Monday, July 8, 2013

Ukkarai / Ukkaaraa

This traditional dish is a very famous one in Chettinad marriages. I learnt this from my neighbour who actually hails from Karaikudi. I have already posted my Mom's version of Rava Ukkarai / Sooji Halwa.  This dhal ukkarai is a healthy dessert for kids, as the channa dhal and moong dhal are good source of protein and jaggery is rich in iron.

Ingredients :

1. Channa Dhal / Bengalgram - 1 Cup
2. Moong Dhal / Greengram - 1/2 Cup
3. Jaggery - 1.5 Cup (Powdered)
4. Water - 3/4 Cup
5. Ghee - 3/4 Cup
6. Cardamom - 2 Pods (Crushed)
7. Nuts - 1 tbs (broken)
8. Coconut - 1 tbs (Grated)

Procedure :

1. Combine jaggery and water. Bring to boil. Once the jaggery is completey dissolve, cool and then filter. Keep aside.

2. Soak channa dhal and moong dhal separately for 2 hours.

3. Grind both the dhal separately to a coarse consistency (like sooji). Keep aside. 

4. Take 1/2 cup of ghee in a pan. Put the ground dhal. Medium the flame. Keep stirring till the dhal is cooked well.

5. Add jaggery syrup. Mix well. Keep in low flame for sometime.

6. Add coconut, ghee roasted cashew and cardamom. Mix the ingredients well. 

7. Add the remaining ghee before you switch off the stove.

8. Serve warm.

This goes to MLLA # 61 edition guest hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen MLLA event was started by Susan Which is taken over by Lisa  from Feb-2013. 


Shama Nagarajan said...


Vimitha Durai said...

Looks so nice

Mahi said...

Heard about Ukkarai..but never tasted/tried it! Healthy and delicious recipe Nithu!

Chitz said...

Yummy & healthy halwa :)

divya said...

oh wow... absolutely love it...

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

This is something we make for Diwali. :)
Thanks for participating in this edition of MLLA.