Okkarai (Diwali Okkarai)

Okkarai is a famous traditional South Indian sweet dish that is made on the auspicious day of Diwali. I still remember my older days where in my mom prepares only Okkarai and Vadai for Diwali. Probably we weren't afford to make other sweets and snacks during those days. Still in now a days in many brahmin families Okkarai is one of the mandatory sweet which is prepared on the auspicious day of diwali. This simple dish Okkarai needs only less expensive ingredients and readily available materials in any house. Lets see how to prepare this yummy sweet dish now...

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Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time1 hour
Okkarai (Diwali Okkarai)
Okkarai (Diwali Okkarai)

Channa Dal/Kadalai Paruppu1 Cup
Grated Jaggery1 Cup
Grated Coconut2 tablespoon
Cardamom powder1/4 Teaspoon
Cashew NutsFew
Ghee2 tablespoon

Okkarai Ingredients

  1. Dry fry the Channa Dal (Kadalai Paruppu) in a pan till it turns into golden brown color. Take the dry roasted Dal into the vessel and add water and pressure cook it allowing 2-3 whistles.

  2. Once the dal is cooked, drain the excess water using a striner and spread the cooked and strained channa dal in a clean white towel for 5 minutes just to ensure the dampness is absorbed by the towel

  3. Take the dried, cooked channa dal to the mixer and grind  it to a nice powder. Take the ground channadal powder along with the grated coconut and keep it ready. Lets start with our jaggery suryp now.

  4. Take the grated jaggery in a vessel and add 1/4 cup of water and keep it in flame. Let the jaggery gets dissolved in water completely. Remove the vessel from flame and strain the jaggery juice to a pan to get rid of all sand or dust particles in jaggery

  5. Keep the pan in flame and bring the jaggery suryp to boil. When the syrup starts to thicken, if you take a drop of syrup and rub between your fingers, it should stick. This consistency is enough. We don't need string or stone consistency for okkarai. To the syrup, add the grated coconut and mix well. Then add the ground channa dal powder and give a good stir. Slowly the channadal mixture starts to cumble and becomes soft like puttu.

  6. Add 1 tablespoon of ghee and keep the flame very low and occasionally mix the okkarai. Heat another pan, add a teaspoon of ghee and roast the broken cashews till they turn golden brown color. Add the roasted cashews and cardamom  and mix well.The okkarai breaks down into smaller pieces and it should be soft. When we take the small pieces in hand and make into ball then this is the right stage to remove the okkarai out off the flame.

  7. The delicious Okkarai is ready to serve

  8. The delicious Diwali Okkarai is now ready. Get set ready to Welcome Diwali!
Okkarai (Diwali Okkarai)
Okkarai (Diwali Okkarai)

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I tried the recipe today for the first time. Came out well.thanks to your step by step recipe. It reminded me of my Paati's okkarai.

This dish brings up fond memories. Long live deepavali, Okkarai

i was searching for okkarai recipe.finaly i find here.thanks mam.


Hi mami,
i tried many other recepies came out well.but this one not come properly to me.i did as per your method.it is sticked on my vessels.i add more ghee also.what mistkae i did i dont know.first time i m doing this.jaggry burnt smell is coming.pls clear me.

Hi, Sorry to hear that Okkarai did not come well for you. I would like to mention that after grinding, put the mixture in a non stick pan and keep the flame low and stir occasionally. Please try once more and let me know your comments.

How much of grated coconut is needed? I had few of ur earlier recipes. Hv come out really well. Thank u mam!

Hi, sorry, I forgot to mention grated coconut in the ingredients section. We have to add 2 tablespoon of coconut. I have corrected the ingredients section. Thanks for letting me know.

Wow... this recipe has taken me to my childhood days....We used to enjoy this delicious OKKARAI prepared by our granny.....My wife is preparing for Diwali. I am sure my kids will relish the taste.

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Hi...instead of cooking the dal in the cooker, can i just soak them in water for a couple of hours and then dry it and powder it? (pressure cooking dal is not allowed in our family) Will I get the same result?

hi mami this diwali i tried ur way of ukkarai and it came out very well like puttu.sweetness was perfect.thanks for the recipe.

Tried out this method today for the first time. Happy that it Came out very well. Thanks!



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