Thursday, October 19, 2006

Borugula(Kurmura, Churmura, Murmura, Puffed Rice) Laddu - Deepavali Treat

Diwali Treat - Kurmura Laddu

Well...with this post this cooking blog becomes an official laddu blog :). Just kidding...but it sure does seem like it? Doesn't it? Infact all Indian cooking blogs these days are starting to look like they are on mission to ruin everyone's diet plans. But it is the festive season afterall. And obviously as soon as the Indian Hindu festivals slow down for a while it will be time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then comes Sankranthi again. So I don't think the "sweet treat" trend is going to end soon around here!

This time for Diwali I wanted to make a laddu I had never made before and was searching endlessly for an interesting recipe. As soon as I read Chandrika's poha laddu post I was immediately transported back to my school days when we used to get these borugula laddus in a small store outside our school for 10 paise each. You see, in my mind, flattened rice (Poha) and puffed rice (Kurmura) belong to the same category and hence the relation. They are even right next to each other in my pantry. I have an obsession with bundling "like" things together like that in the kitchen and everywhere else :). If any psychologists are reading this blog, feel free to post your 2 cents on what that tells about me hehe...

With Kurmura in mind, I went searching for a Laddu recipe and found a couple. I chose this one. I did make some changes to the proportion of ingredients and also added in brown sugar. It seemed pretty simple to make and it really is very simple as you will see below.

  • 2 cups crushed jaggery
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 cups puffed rice/kurumura/murmura/borugulu
  • 1 pinch caradamom powder
  • one large heavy bottomed vessel
  • First roast the raw peanuts in the vessel on low-medium heat until the peanuts starts to smell nuttly and are golden brown.
  • Fold a tea towel in half and put the peanuts on one half of the towel to cool. After the peanuts are cold enough to handle, cover the peanuts with the other half of the towel and rub gently on top of the towel with your hands. This is in order to remove the skin from the peanuts. Then gently blow air over the peanuts so the skin flys away. I usually do this at the sink and then clean it up later.
  • In the same vessel that we used to roast the peanuts with, put in the jaggery and brown sugar and add just enough water so that the jaggery is immersed in the water. Bring it to a boil and wait for the sauce to thicken. I followed the method described in the recipe on how to check the consistency of the jaggery syrup i.e. "add a few drops into a bowl containing water and it shall solidify immediately."
  • Turn off the heat and add the puffed rice, peanuts, coconut and caradamom powder. Mix it all together and allow it to cool.
  • I tried the "grease your hands with ghee and make laddus" for this and it did not work. The puffed rice mixture was too sticky and it was sticking to my hands big time. So I devised a new technique. I took a sheet of plastic wrap and then put a spoonful of the laddu mixture in the centre of the plastic, made that into a ball - voila - no sticking at all. So this recipe does not even need any ghee!
As you must have guessed it already, this is my entry to Vee's Special Edition Jihva for Diwali Treats !


Shankari said...

Hmmm, brings back memories! Use to buy them at school canteen and eat them and mom made them for saraswati pooja.

Happy Diwali!

Linda said...

Hi Sam, they look so delicious, makes me want to run right out and buy puffed rice. Thanksgiving is the day I usually have a crowd at my house, so am planning to try some of these new sweets out on the extended family. This one's definitely on the list :)

wheresmymind said...

Hope you have a blast with Diwali festivities!!

Foodie's Hope said...

Childhood memories!!:))Grandmom's hands rolling out one of these!!YUM!! Thanks and have a great Diwali!!:)

Lakshmiammal said...

We call this pori urundai -பொரி உருண்டை .So crunchy will be the balls, uuuuuu my memories bounces back .Thank you for sharing the treat

Krithika said...

Happy Diwali. We usually make this for Karthigai. Thanks for sharing

Indira said...

Warevva! borugula laddu. It's been a while since I saw these, a favorite of mine during school days. I remember the krum..krum sound this laddu makes. Sweet but not in a overly manner.

Great entry, Sam. Love the laddus.:)

Subha Deepavali to you and family!

Menu Today said...

Yummy looking churmura Ladoo.
Wish You "Happy Diwali"

Lera said...

so many delicious ladoos to savour.....Great pics! Happy Diwali to you!

Lakshmi said...

wow, luv this laddu, all time fav.

Anonymous said...

From long time i want 2 try this out, but some how i could not able 2 make it. Just before some time i got ur recipe and i charged up once again... :) I tried and it comes out very well. Thanks a lot for sharing...
your laddu making technique with plastic wrap was superb... i like this idea very much

Gauree said...

very traditional recipe and easy to make. Keep it up !