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A traditional sweet from Tamil Nadu for all celebrations and festivals.

Adhirasam is a traditional dessert / sweet popular in Tamil Nadu. Made using jaggery and rice, it has a crispy outer and soft on the inside.

A popular sweet of the Kings in the past, Adhirasam is a part of various cultural and spiritual celebrations across the state. It is also offered as a prasadam at many temples and also at homes. Because of this, it is often considered as a food for the gods.

This sweet is best consumed on the same day it is made. But it can be stored for a couple of days too.



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A traditional sweet from Tamil Nadu for all celebrations and festivals.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Tamil, Tamil Nadu


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 cup Jaggery powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • as required Oil


  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes and drain well. Keep aside to dry completely.
  • Grind to a smooth powder and keep aside.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Add little water and powdered jaggery.
  • Simmer till the jaggery has melted and strain.
  • Transfer the strained liquid back to the pan and bring to a boil.
  • When it reaches a soft ball stage, add the rice flour and mix.
  • Add the cardamom powder and stir to combine.
  • Ensure there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Make a ball of this mixture and flatten it on a plastic sheet or greased banana leaf.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Fry the prepared adhirasams on both sides till golden brown.
  • Remove and drain excess oil.
  • Serve.

Recipe Video

This recipe was first published on Feb 19, 2008 and has been updated on Nov 09, 2020.

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