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Badam Pootharekulu

28 May

badam_pootharekulu
Badan Pappu Pootharekulu.

Poothareku is a famous coastal Andhra sweet made with thin flaky sheets of paper made of rice flour. For badam pootharekulu, blanched almonds are ground into powder along with sugar and is folded into the rice paper sheets along with pure ghee. Store the pootharekulu tight in a jar and they stay fresh for around a week or two.
Makes: around 5 Pieces of Almond Pootharekulu.

Ingredients:

Rice Paper Sheets 15
Almonds 15
Sugar 1/3 Cup
Pure Ghee 5 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Microwave the ghee for around 20 seconds and keep it aside.
Soak the almonds in warm water for around 15 minutes.
Drain the almonds and peel the skin off and pat them dry.
Grind the almonds into fine powder along with sugar and remove onto a bowl.

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 almond powder 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 almond powder onto the second sheet.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over the rice sheet.

Spread around another tbsp of almond powder 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 almond powder 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 almond pootharekulu in a tight jar and serve when necessary.
Notes: Use 2 rice paper sheets during starting stage if one seem to be too thin and flaky.

Suggestions: Adjust the powdered sugar according to the preference.
Variations: You can also layer finely sliced bits of blanched almonds if desired. Bellam Pootharekulu made with grated jaggery.
Other Names: Badam Pappu Pootharekulu, Almond Pootharekulu.