Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ukkali – A Southern Sweet Delight

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of southern India with the delightful Ukkali – a sweet treat that adds a touch of magic to your palate. Celebrated during the Karthigai Deepam festival, this confectionery masterpiece carries the essence of tradition and the joy of indulgence.


Ingredients for Ukkali:

– Raw rice – 2 cups

– Moong dal – 1/2 cup

– Sugar – 1 1/2 cups

– Salt – 1 tsp

– Ghee – 1/2 cup

– Water – 1 cup

– Cashew – a fistful

– Raisins – 1/2 cup

– Cardamom powder – 1 tbsp


Crafting the Sweet Symphony:

1. Soak raw rice with moong dal for 4 hours, grind it smoothly with a pinch of salt.

2. Heat a saucepan, pour the grounded mixture, stir until it thickens. Add a dollop of ghee.

3. As it transforms into a powdery delight, introduce sugar, more ghee, cardamom powder, cashews, and keep stirring.

4. Achieve a non-sticky, Upma-like consistency for that perfect Ukkali bliss.


Indulge and Enjoy:

– Dive into the sweetness of Ukkali, whether savored plain or paired with warm milk.



– Swap ghee with oil for a lighter version.

– Experiment with channa dal or moong dal as rice alternatives.

– Try jaggery instead of sugar for a unique twist.


Let the #UkkaliMagic transport you to a world where tradition meets innovation, and each bite tells a story of celebration and culinary artistry. ✨ Cheers to the joyous exploration of flavors!

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