Monday, April 25, 2016

Pootharekulu Recipe / Poothareku Chuttalu Recipe / Paper Sweets Recipe


Pootarekulu is a Famous and Delicious Andhra Sweet. The meaning of pootarekulu is (Poota in telugu) means coating and (Reku in telugu) means a thin sheet or thin layer. Pootarekulu is also known as paper sweets as they appear like a folded paper.

We can make this wafer like sweet very easily at home, when the pootharekulu sheets are available. Here i brought these pootharekulu sheets from atreyapuram village in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Every women in the house of atreyapuram village prepares these thin sheets by using rice flour on a specially made pot.

Me and my family members like this pootharekula chuttalu a lot and once when you have it, it just melts in your mouth and you will not stop it...:)

Main ingredients in this recipe are Pootharekulu sheets, Sugar or Jaggery, Ghee, Cardamom Powder.

Author: Nagaharisha
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian (Andhra Pradesh)
Serves or Yields: 16

Ingredients:

  • Pootarekulu - 30 to 40 Sheets or Required amount
  • Powdered Sugar - 1 cup or Powdered Jaggery - 1 Cup or Adjust to your taste
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Cashews - 1 Cup or Dry fruits - Required amount
  • Ghee - 1/2 Cup or  Adjust to your taste


Procedure to make Poothareku Chuttalu:

  • Dry roast cashews in a heavy bottom pan on a low to medium heat. Saute the cashews until light golden colour. Turn off the stove and transfer to other plate and allow them to cool completely. Grind into coarse powder and set aside.
  • Grind sugar into fine powder and sift the powdered sugar without any lumps. when you are using jaggery shred the jaggery by using bigger slots of gratter or grind it into fine powder. set aside.
  • Add Cardamom powder into sugar or jaggery and mix it once completely or even add 2 to 3 cardamom pods while grinding along with sugar or jaggery. Set aside.
  • Now into a large plate spread the wet cloth which is dipped and squeezed out all the water. 
  • Now take two layers of pootarekulu and place them on one side of the cloth as shown in the video and from the other side of the cloth cover the pootarekulu and pat it gently (do not pat it for longer time, poothareku may break), so by doing in this way the pootarekulu will soften and helps in folding without breaking.
  • Now slowly take one end of the cloth as shown in the video, smear or sprinkle a spoon full of melted ghee to pootarekulu as shown in the video and by using tea strainer sprinkle a spoon full of sugar or required amount on poothareku, by doing this way sugar spreads evenly. when you sprinkle with fingers or with spoon sugar will not spread evenly. Sprinkle half tbsp cashew powder or required amount as shown in the video. [when you are using powdered jaggery instead of sugar, sprinkle 2 tbsp of shredded or powdered jaggery with fingers and sprinkle coarsely ground cashew powder as shown in the video].
  • Now start folding the poothareku from one side halfway through and stop as the sheet is softened it will fold without breaking or crumbling into pieces and fold from the other side too as shown in the video.
  • Now fold both edges of poothareku around 1 inch size and smear some ghee and you can even add powdered sugar of your choice. Now fold from both the sides and make poothareku chutta as shown in the video.
  • Now press it gently or evenly to flatten it or even you can place a plate on poothareku chutta.
  • Transfer to other plate and do the remaining in the same procedure. After preparing each pootarekulu chutta rest them for 2 to 3 minutes on a plate and store in an air tight container.
  • Serve this Yummy and tasty poothareku chuttalu as a tea time snack or starter or even you can gift pack them as traditional gift.
Note:
  • Store this pootareku sheets in a clean and dry cardboard boxes.
  • We can store this Poothrekula chuttalu in an air tight container for about 10 to 15 days. when you are staying in cold weather places you can store them upto a month.

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