Bellam Pootharekulu

2 Jul

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Bellam Pootharekulu.

Bellam poothareku is a variation of Pandara poothareku (made with sugar), which is a famous coastal Andhra sweet made with thin flaky sheets of paper made with rice flour. Here, soft jaggery is either grated or mashed and folded into these rice paper sheets.
Makes: around 5 Pieces of Bellam Pootharekulu.

Ingredients:

Rice Paper Sheets 15
Soft Jaggery (Grated) 1/2 Cup
Cashews 5
Pure Ghee 5 tbsps

Method of preparation:

Break the cashews into tiny pieces and roast them in a tsp of ghee until golden brown in color.
Melt the ghee and keep it aside.
Finely grate the jaggery onto a bowl and add cashews to it.
If jaggery is too hard, microwave it for around 10 seconds to make it soft.

Damp a kitchen towel with few splash of water.
Take a sheet of rice paper on the damp cloth.
Damp cloth helps to make the rice sheet little pliable.
Alternatively, sprinkle few tiny drops of water onto the sheet to make the folding easier.

Layer around a tbsp of jaggery mixture onto the first rice paper sheet.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over the rice sheet.
Layer another rice paper sheet on the first sheet.
Spread around another tbsp of jaggery mixture onto the second sheet.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over the rice sheet.
Spread around another tbsp of jaggery mixture onto the third sheet.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over this rice sheet.

Fold one longest side onto the center of the sheets.
Fold other longest side to overlap the first folded side.

Spread around another tbsp of jaggery mixture onto the folded strip.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over the rice strip.
Fold the ends of the sheet together once and fold the remaining part into a rectangular strip.
Repeat the same with remaining rice paper sheets.
Store the bellam pootharekulu in a tight jar and serve when necessary.
Notes: Rice paper sheets are prepared like this.

Suggestions: Adjust the jaggery according to taste.
Variations: Pandara Pootharekulu (ones made with sugar), Karam Pootharekulu (made with chili powder).
Other Names: Bellam Pootharekulu, Puthareku.

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14 Responses to “Bellam Pootharekulu”

  1. Satrupa Mohapatra July 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    hey ……. I luv this sweet. I used to splly ask Srikant to bring this for me from his native. Thanks for posting ….am definitely gonna try this one

  2. Shilpa July 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    vow my fav …..mouth watering raji.
    but wr do v get the rice paper sheets? any idea?

  3. Hari Chandana July 3, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    AAhhh ! Pootharekulu.. chusthuntene norooruthondi… memu thadepalligudem nunchi teppistham.. but eppudoo try cheyaledu.. perfect ga vachayi πŸ™‚

  4. sanjyot mathure July 4, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    WHERE do we get ready made paper sheets in MUMBAI?
    can we make them at home?

  5. murt July 4, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Wow would love to try this, but like Shilpa, wondering where to get the rice paper sheets — do you think Chinese stores might have something similar?

  6. sabitha July 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    wowwww, just reminds me my grandmom…what a shape ,colour,look, that tooo bellam i love this …where can we get that rice sheets? ur blog was awesome we cant get this type of healthy ,delicious recipes from any other blog..nice work

  7. Raji July 21, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    @Satrupa Mohapatra yep. they are famous. try for sure
    @Shilpa i got em from India. sorry
    @Hari Chandana yep. i made em all and i ate em all πŸ™‚

    @sanjyot mathure no idea. sorry. its not a easy task making at home. i seriously doubt it
    @murt i saw something similar but never tried.

    @sabitha thank you so much for the lovely comment.
    bellam pootharekulu are famous. i got the sheets from India. keep visiting

  8. sudha July 23, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    where can we get these sheets?

  9. pmvijayalakshmi March 23, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    where can we get these sheets

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