Okkarai / ஒக்காரை

Recipe Categories: Indian, Sweets

This is a special Diwali sweet that is not common amoung the masses. But, that doesn’t deter one from trying it. Its a simple Diwali recipe.

Okkarai / ஒக்காரை



  • Channa dal – ¾ cup
  • Toor Dal – ¼ cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup (You can adjust it according to your taste).
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 6 pieces (Break it into small pieces)


  • Soak both the dal for 2 hours. When ready, drain the water and grind it in to the paste consistancy.
  • Grease the idli plates and bake the above paste in the idli breathe for 10 – 15 min.
  • After baking, let it cool and loosen the baked mix with hand or mixie wiper (do not add water).Make sure not to make it into a paste.
  • Take a kadai add the jaggery and melt this by adding little water to it. When it is completely meted filter this to remove the impurities.
  • Boil this jaggery water for 2 – 3 minutes in a medium flame. Then add the loosen dal mix, cardamom powder, ghee and mix it well.
  • Finally add the fried cashew nuts.
  • Serve the sweet warm/cold and enjoy the Diwali.

There are 2 Comments

  1. Posted by Geetha Gopal Reply

    This is a very nice recipe and it is a traditional sweet for south Indians for Deepavali. Easy to make also. I have tried a similar recipe with Aval (poha) which tastes like ukkarai. I will post the same in my blogsite cited above.

  2. Posted by Venkateswaran P Reply

    Veri nice and good receipe.

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