This is a special dish made in tamil brahmin households on the day of Kardiyaan nonbu (that falls today this year). It is a festival among married women to pray for the long life of their husbands and among unmarried girls to get a good husband.
2 cups rice
1 cup grated jaggery
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Some coconut pieces
2 tsp ghee
Half cooked lentil beans- a few
Fry the rice well without any oil/ghee and cool. Grind it into fine powder. You could also use readymade rice flour, but remember to roast the flour before using.
Add some water to the jaggery and heat it till the jaggery dissolves. Now add the cardamom powder, coconut pieces, lentil beans and the rice flour and mix well without any lumps.
Make small balls of it and flatten it. Steam in the idli cooker after greasing the plates with a little ghee. Serve hot with unsalted butter.
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