Festivals in India don't come alone. Rather, they bring with them wonderful and delicious food items. Every festival has some special dishes associated with it, without which the celebrations are incomplete. Thinking of any festival without a sweet dish is simply impossible. Makar Sankranti is another festival that is known for some special dishes related to it. One such dish is Ariselu, a South Indian sweet dish particularly famous in Madras and Andhra Pradesh. Arisa or Arisalu is a Dravidian Telugu word, which means rice. As the name suggests, it is a traditional rice dish, prepared during the festival of Sankranti. With this recipe, you will know how to make ariselu.
• 1 kg Rice
• 3/4 kg Jaggery (grated)
• 2 tsp of Sesame Seeds
• Oil, to fry
• Wash rice thoroughly
• Soak them overnight and remove water completely
• Spread them on a cloth for a few minutes to make sure that the rice is dry
• Make a fine powder of it in a blender sieve if necessary and set aside
• The flour should be slightly damp
• Add one cup of water to the grated jaggery and heat it in a pan till it melts
• Sieve to remove any unwanted stuff
• Heat it on low flame till it becomes thick syrup
• Add the rice flour to it slowly and stir well
• Remove flame and make sure that no lumps are formed
• When slightly cool make big lime size balls of it
• Heat oil in a thick bottom pan
• Pat each ball into a thin, round and flat disc on a banana leaf or a plastic sheet and dab it with a few sesame seeds.
• Fry each one in oil on low flame till deep brown and remove
• To remove the oil completely, place it between two flat ladles and press.
• Repeat the procedure till the dough is over
• When cool store them in a container
• These Ariselu last for more than two weeks