Pista Pootharekulu

29 Aug

pista_pootharekulu
Pista Pappu Pootharekulu.

Poothareku is a famous coastal Andhra sweet made with thin flaky sheets of paper made of rice flour. For pista pootharekulu, shelled pistachios 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 Pistachio Pootharekulu.

Ingredients:

Rice Paper Sheets 15
Pistachios 15
Sugar 1/3 Cup
Cardamom Powder a big Pinch
Pure Ghee 5 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Microwave the ghee for around 20 seconds and keep it aside.
Grind the shelled pistachios into fine powder along with sugar, cardamom powder 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 pistachio 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 pistachio powder onto the second sheet.
Pour a tsp of ghee all over the rice sheet.

Spread around another tbsp of pistachio 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 pistachio 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 pistachio 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: Check out Bellam Pootharekulu made with grated jaggery.
Other Names: Pista Pappu Pootharekulu, Pistachio Pootharekulu.

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8 Responses to “Pista Pootharekulu”

  1. Anu August 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    were can we get the rice sheets

  2. vijaya murthi September 5, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    This looks delicious ! Where can one get the rice sheets ?

  3. Raji September 5, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    i get them from India guys. Godavari district, AP, India.

  4. s n ramanath September 9, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    pootharekalu is my favourite sweet dish and is available in Bangalore (both sugar & jaggery), With pista it may taste better. thanks.

  5. s n ramanath September 9, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    looks yum. we get only sugar and jaggery poothareklu in banglore

  6. vijaya murthi September 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Mr. Ramanath, please let me know where you get sugar/jaggery poothareklu in Bangalore ? Thanks !

  7. Raji September 11, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    s n ramanath says …
    I BUY THEM AT BIG BAZAAR MALL SITUATED IN BANASHANKARI III STAGE. I ALSO BUY SUGAR POOTHAREKALU IN PULLA REDDY’S STALL IN JAYANAGAR IV BLOCK. WE ALL ENJOY EATING THIS DELICACY.

  8. vijaya murthi September 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks Mr. Ramanath for your prompt reply !

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