poornam boorelu

poornam boorelu recipe with video and step by step pics – one of the most popular sweet snack from andhra cuisine is poornam boorelu. these are deep fried snacks made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter (similar to dosa batter).

during festival occasions in andhra pradesh and telangana boorelu is prepared and offered as naivedyam to the deities. since ugadi festival is around the corner, sharing this recipe of poornam boorelu.

there are many variations of boorelu recipe. basically the stuffing here is the ‘pooran’ which we make while preparing pooran poli or bobbatlu. if you have leftover pooran stuffing, then you can use it and make boorelu. i have not added fresh coconut in the recipe, but you can add about ¼ cup of fresh coconut.

you can prepare poornam boorelu and offer to your deity. you can also prepare these as sweet snacks.

if you are looking for more ugadi festive sweets and snacks, then do check:

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poornam boorelu recipe

poornam boorelu recipe - deep fried snack made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter.

course snacks, sweets
cuisine andhra, south indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 18 boorelu
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for poornam boorelu batter

  • 1 cup rice
  • ½ cup urad dal
  • 3 cups water for soaking
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water for grinding or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste

for poornam boorelu stuffing:

  • 1 cup chana dal OR 195 grams chana dal
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1 cup jaggery OR 160 to 165 grams jaggery
  • ½ teaspoon green cardamom seeds or cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder (OPTIONAL)
  • ¼ cup grated coconut (OPTIONAL)

other ingredients:

  • oil as required for deep frying
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

how to make recipe?

making batter for poornam boorelu:

  1. rinse 1 cup rice with water a couple of times and then add in a bowl.

  2. rinse ½ cup urad dal with water and then add in the same bowl.

  3. add 3 cups water. cover and let the rice and urad dal soak for 5 to 6 hours or overnight.

  4. next day, drain all the water.

  5. then add the rice and urad dal in a grinder jar. also add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

  6. grind to a smooth light batter. the batter consistency should be medium thick like dosa batter. if a drop of the batter is placed in water, it should float and not sink.

  7. add ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste.

  8. mix very well. cover and keep the batter aside.

making stuffing for poornam boorelu:

  1. rinse and then take 1 cup chana dal in a pressure cooker. if you want you can even soak chana dal.

  2. then add 2.5 cups water.

  3. pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles on medium flame.

  4. when the pressure settles down, open the lid of the cooker. strain the chana dal and let it cool or become warm. use the strained water for making rasam or katachi amti. can also knead atta with this water or add it to gravies or dals.

  5. then add the chana dal in a grinder jar along with 1 cup jaggery.

  6. add ½ teaspoon cardamon powder and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder. you can skip nutmeg powder if you want.

  7. grind to a smooth consistency. if you are unable to grind, then you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. grind at intervals. grind, then scrape the jar and grind again.

making poornam boorelu:

  1. heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a pan.

  2. add the ground chana dal+jaggery mixture. at this step you can also add ¼ cup grated coconut.

  3. on a low flame stirring non stop cook the mixture till it starts to leave the edges of the pan. then switch off the flame and keep aside. let the stuffing mixture cool down.

  4. make medium sized balls from the mixture and keep aside. cover them so that they do not dry out.

  5. in a kadai heat oil for deep frying. dip the stuffing ball in the batter and coat it evenly.

  6. then gently slid the batter coated ball in medium hot oil.

  7. this way add the remaining batter coated balls too. do not overcrowd and add depending on the size of the kadai.

  8. when one side is golden, gently turn over and fry the other side.

  9. fry boorelu till light golden and crisp. remove with a slotted spoon and place them on kitchen paper towels.

  10. you can offer poornam boorelu as naivedyam to your deity. or else serve boorelu hot. 

recipe video


how to make poornam boorelu recipe:

for batter:

1. rinse 1 cup rice with water a couple of times and then add in a bowl.

rice to make poornam boorelu recipe

2. rinse ½ cup urad dal with water and then add in the same bowl.

urad dal to make poornam boorelu recipe

3. add 3 cups water. cover and let the rice and urad dal soak for 5 to 6 hours or overnight.

water to make poornam boorelu recipe

4. next day, drain all the water.

making poornam boorelu recipe

5. then add the rice and urad dal in a grinder jar. also add ½ to ⅔ cup water.

making poornam boorelu recipe

6. grind to a smooth light batter. the batter consistency should be medium thick like dosa batter. if a drop of the batter is placed in a bowl of water, it should float and not sink.

making poornam boorelu recipe

7. add ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste.

making poornam boorelu recipe

8. mix very well. cover and keep the batter aside. if you want you can even ferment the batter for 4 to 5 hours.

making poornam boorelu recipe

for the stuffing:

1. rinse and then take 1 cup chana dal in a pressure cooker. if you want you can even soak chana dal.

chana dal for making poornam boorelu recipe

2. then add 2.5 cups water. pressure cook for 6 to 7 whistles on medium flame.

making poornam boorelu recipe

3. when the pressure settles down, open the lid of the cooker and check if the chana dal is cooked well. take a few chana dals and mash it with your fingers. they should get mashed easily. do take care as the dal is very hot.

making poornam boorelu recipe

4. strain the chana dal and let it cool or become warm. use the strained water for making rasam or katachi amti. you can also knead atta with this water or add it to gravies or dals.

making poornam boorelu recipe

5. then add the chana dal in a grinder jar.

making poornam boorelu recipe

6. add 1 cup jaggery. i have used organic jaggery and hence not dissolved in water and then strained it.

making poornam boorelu recipe

7. add ½ teaspoon cardamon powder and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder. you can skip nutmeg powder if you want.

making poornam boorelu recipe

8. grind to a smooth consistency. if you are unable to grind, then you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. grind at intervals. grind, then scrape the jar and grind again.

making poornam boorelu recipe

9. heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a pan.

making poornam boorelu recipe

10. add the ground chana dal+jaggery mixture. at this step you can also add ¼ cup grated coconut.

making poornam boorelu recipe

11. on a low flame stirring non stop cook the mixture till it starts to leave the edges of the pan.

making poornam boorelu recipe

12. then switch off the flame and keep aside. let the stuffing mixture cool down.

making poornam boorelu recipe

13. make medium sized balls from the mixture and keep aside. cover them so that they do not dry out.

making poornam boorelu recipe

14. in a kadai heat oil for deep frying. dip the stuffing ball in the batter and coat it evenly.

making poornam boorelu recipe

15. then gently slid the batter coated ball in medium hot oil.

making poornam boorelu recipe

16. this way add the remaining batter coated balls too. do not overcrowd and add depending on the size of the kadai.

making poornam boorelu recipe

17. when one side is golden, gently turn over and fry the other side.

making poornam boorelu recipe

18. fry boorelu till light golden and crisp. remove with a slotted spoon and place them on kitchen paper towels.

making poornam boorelu recipe

19. offer boorelu to your deity or else you can serve them hot to your family.

poornam boorelu recipe




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