pori urundai recipe | murmura ladoo | puri unde recipe

pori urundai recipe with step by step photos  – a crunchy, crisp, light, delicious, easy ladoo recipe which gets ready in minutes. these are made from puffed rice and are also called – murmura ladoo, puri unde recipe.

i had prepared these ladoos on the occasion of ‘tulasi pooja’.

whichever part of the world we may be, we cannot forego our traditions. a couple of days ago, 23 rd november 2015, was a special day, the twelfth day in the lunar month of karthik as per the hindu lunar calendar; celebrated as ‘uttana dwadashi’.

a few words about the significance of the occasion first..

‘uttana’ meaning to wake up, ‘dwadashi’ which means the twelfth day. it is believed that lord vishnu is in ‘yoga-nidra’ through the 4 auspicious months of ‘chaturmasya’  and ‘wakes up’ on this day. this is not however similar to our nidra/sleep. in fact, any spiritual good deeds performed during these 4 months is believed to yield a multitude of virtues. several vrat/fasting practices are followed during this phase up until the 10th day of the karthik month. such practices, in addition, bring about discipline, strengthen our inner spiritual being, put a hold on our desires for the material world.

the ‘tulsi puja’ falls on the 12th day following this 4 month period. this is believed to be the day ‘tulsi’ (the holy basil) married lord vishnu.

on this day, in the evening, the tulsi plant (the holy basil) is worshiped along with lord krishna. lamps are lit, the tulsi plant is given water, worshiped with kumkum (vermilion), turmeric, sandalwood paste, flowers, amla/gooseberry lamps, along with various kinds of ladoos, kheer, mung dal kosambari (salad) and other offerings. worshiping tulsi is believed to ward away diseases, illnesses, poverty, separation from near and dear ones. every aspect of the tulsi plant is considered sacred. offering tulsi leaves to lord vishnu is considered more special than any other offering. the wood of the plant is used in the making of beads in the sacred ‘tulasi mala’.

the tulsi leaves also have several medicinal properties. with anti-oxidants, they have a role in heart health, anti-cancer qualities, improving insulin sensitivity in diabetes, antibiotic properties against infection, reducing catarrh in respiratory illnesses and so on.

on the occasion of worshiping the sacred tulsi or ‘tulsi pooja’, i had prepared these puffed rice ladoos. a very simple recipe, needing very few ingredients and can be put together in no time.

in the state of tamil nadu the festival is celebrated as ‘karthikai deepam’, when lord shiva appeared an endless flame of light. you can read more about the significance of the festival here. lamps are lit and the lord is worshiped with several offerings such as this ‘pori urundai’, sweet appams etc. this year it is celebrated today the 25th November 2015.

for this pori urundai recipe, you can also use puffed flattened rice/puffed poha instead of puffed rice. this may need less jaggery or you may slightly increase the quantity of puffed flattened rice. i have used roasted gram in addition to puffed rice in the recipe. this is optional but adds a touch of protein and a bite to the dish.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


the murmura ladoo recipe is simple, but the consistency/thickness of the jaggery syrup while preparing the ladoos is important. it should be of a soft ball consistency. if it becomes any harder, making ladoos will be difficult. if its thinner, the ladoos will come apart easily with a stringy syrup attached.

as soon as the ladoos are made they harden and become crisp, if the consistency of the syrup is right. but keep them at room temperature until they cool completely. they can then be stored in an air tight container for weeks. they even make good edible, home-made gifts.

serve these murmura ladoos as offering to the lord or even at other times as a snack. grown-ups will love these crunchy crispy, light laddus as much as the kids, if not more :)

puffed rice ladoo or pori urundai recipe below:

  1. first grate/powder the jaggery, powder the cardamom and keep them ready.
  2. keep your pans ready. this will make the process super simple. i used one pot to melt the jaggery, drained the cleaned jaggery into another pot. two separate pans – one to dry roast the murmura/puffed rice, another to heat the cleaned jaggery and making ladoos. (instead you can use the same pan to roast and later to heat jaggery) keep a small bowl of water ready. this is for checking the thickness of the syrup.
  3. now, on medium heat dry roast 3 cups of murmura/puffed rice for 1 to 2 minutes, so that it crisps up. keep this aside or transfer to another bowl.
  4. to a separate pot, add ½ cup of grated/powdered jaggery and 4 tablespoons of water.
  5. heat this until with constant stirring all the jaggery melts and gets mixed with the water. turn off the heat.
  6. now, pass the melted jaggery through a sieve to remove impurities. collect the clean melted jaggery in another pot/container.
  7. now, pour this clean jaggery mixture into a pan and heat. keep stirring the mixture.
  8. add cardamom powder and continue to stir.
  9. after a couple of minutes, if you hold up the ladle with drops of the syrup falling back into the pan, the last drop should form a sort of string as it falls. keep checking the thickness as the syrup heats.
  10. to ascertain the thickness of the syrup, add a couple of drops into a bowl of water. the droplets should not dissolve into the water.
  11. you should be able to pick up the drop which will form a soft pliable ball. this is the right consistency.
  12. now, pour this prepared syrup into the murmura/puffed rice. (instead you can reduce the heat and add murmura/puffed rice into the prepared syrup.
  13. add roasted gram, mix everything very well using a spatula.
  14. the ladoos have to be prepared when the mixture is still hot, otherwise the mixture will harden and making ladoos will be difficult.
  15. wet your palms slightly with water, pick up a portion of the prepared mixture and form ladoos by pressing gently between your palms and giving it a spherical shape.
  16. prepare ladoos with the rest of the mixture in the same manner.
  17. if towards the end the mixture becomes too hard, put the pan back on gentle heat for a few seconds. this will loosen the mixture allowing ladoo formation.
  18. serve murmura ladoos as offering to god or serve as a snack.

– you can also use puffed flattened rice/puffed poha instead of puffed rice. this may need less jaggery or you may slightly increase the quantity of puffed flattened rice. i have used roasted gram in addition to puffed rice in the recipe. this is optional.

- the consistency/thickness of the jaggery syrup while preparing the ladoos is important. it should be of a soft ball consistency. if it becomes any harder, making ladoos will be difficult. if its thinner, the ladoos will come apart easily with a stringy syrup attached.

- as soon as the ladoos are made they harden and become crisp if the consistency of the syrup is right. but keep them at room temperature until they cool completely. they can then be stored in an air tight container for weeks. they even make good edible, home-made gifts.


step by step murmura ladoo or puri unde recipe:

1. first grate/powder the jaggery, powder the cardamom and keep them ready. keep your pans ready. this will make the process super simple. on medium heat dry roast 3 cups (60 grams) of murmura/puffed rice for 1 to 2 minutes, so that it crisps up. keep this aside or transfer to another bowl.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


2. to a separate pot, add ½ cup/120 grams of grated/powdered jaggery and 4 tablespoons of water.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


3. heat this until with constant stirring all the jaggery melts and gets mixed with the water. turn off the heat.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


4. now, pass the melted jaggery through a sieve to remove impurities. collect the clean melted jaggery in another pot/container. also keep a small bowl of water ready. this is for checking the thickness of the syrup once it comes to a soft ball stage or consistency.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


5. now, pour this clean jaggery mixture into a pan and heat. keep stirring the mixture.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


6. the mixture froths up as it heats.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


7. as it heats, the mixture will begin to thicken.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


8. add cardamom powder and continue to stir.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


9. after a couple of minutes, if you hold up the ladle with drops of the syrup falling back into the pan, the last drop should form a sort of string as it falls. keep checking the thickness as the syrup heats. to ascertain the thickness of the syrup, add a couple of drops into a bowl of water. the droplets should not dissolve into the water.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


10. you should be able to pick up the drop which will form a soft pliable ball. this is the right consistency.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


11. now, pour this prepared syrup into the murmura/puffed rice. (instead you can reduce the heat of the heated syrup  pan and add murmura/puffed rice into the prepared syrup.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


12. add roasted gram, mix everything very well using a spatula.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


13. the ladoos have to be prepared when the mixture is still hot, otherwise the mixture will harden and making ladoos will be difficult.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


14. wet your palms slightly with water, pick up a portion of the prepared mixture and form ladoos by pressing gently between your palms and giving it a spherical shape.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


15. place them on a plate. prepare ladoos with the rest of the mixture in the same manner.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe


16. if towards the end the mixture becomes too hard, put the pan back on gentle heat for a few seconds. this will loosen the mixture allowing ladoo formation. serve the murmura ladoos (pori urundai or puri unde) as offering to the deities or serve as a snack.



pori urundai recipe murmura ladoo recipe




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