“Okkarai” is a traditional South Indian sweet made with Bengal gram dal, jaggery and ghee. It is typically prepared during festive occasions and is enjoyed as a snack or dessert.


Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Okkarai is a traditional South Indian sweet prepared during festive occasions and is enjoyed as a snack or dessert.


  • Bengal gram dal- 1 cup

  • Jaggery – 1 cup

  • Fresh grated coconut -1/2 cup

  • Ghee – 1/2 cup

  • Cashew nuts – few

  • Cardamom – 4


  • Roast the Bengal Gram Dhal in a dry skillet until it achieves a light brown hue. Then, submerge the roasted dhal in boiling water and let it soak for 2 to 3 hours.
  • After soaking, rinse the dhal and drain away the excess water. Blend the soaked dhal to create a smooth paste.
  • In a heavy-bottomed kadai, heat half of the designated ghee over medium flame. Add the dhal paste to the kadai and sauté until the water has evaporated and the mixture emits a pleasant aroma.
  • While the dhal is cooking, prepare the jaggery syrup. Combine the jaggery powder and 1/4 cup of water in a thick-bottomed vessel. Heat the mixture until it becomes a thick syrup.
  • Once the syrup is ready, reduce the heat to low and gradually incorporate the sautéed dhal into the syrup. Continue stirring, adding the remaining ghee incrementally until the mixture breaks down into small, soft pieces.
  • In a separate pan, lightly fry the coconut and cashew nuts in a small amount of ghee. Grind the cardamom into a fine powder. Add these elements, along with any remaining ghee, to the main mixture. Stir thoroughly to combine all the ingredients.


  • If you do not want to use more ghee, then soak bengal gram dhal for 3 to 4 hours and grind it coarsely. Steam it for 10 to 15 minutes. When it is cooled down, break it into small pieces and put it in a mixie and run just for two to three rounds. Make thick sugar syrup and add the dhal mixture, coconut gratings, cardamom, cashew nuts and little ghee and mix it well.


  1. CA.H,Krishnan FCA

    Can you lease give a recipe for Thengozhal

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