Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kanahindri (Sweetened Rice Flakes Balls)

Kanahindri is a traditional jaggery based Konkani sweet. It is a very old sweet and rarely prepared now. I didn't know about this until recently. My SIL mentioned me about it. Hence thought of giving it a try. The sweet turned out very well. This recipe doesn't demand ghee/butter. A simple yet delicious sweet! Do give it a try.

  • Flattened rice/ Poha- 2 cups
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 1 cup
  • Grated jaggery- 1 1/2 cups
  • Water- 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom pods- 4-5


Grate the jaggery.

Then start dry roasting the flattened rice (rice flakes) in a small pan, on medium heat. The rice flaked starts to wilt after few minutes. Then turn off the heat.

Allow it to cool on a plate.

Then grind the roasted rice flakes, to get a fine powder. Crush the cardamom seeds as well.

Now in the same pan, heat water and jaggery on a medium heat.

Keep stirring the mixture occasionally. When it comes to a boil, add the grated coconut.

Let the grated coconut simmer in the jaggery for 4-5 minutes. By now, the mixture starts to thicken. Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder. Mix well. Then add the rice flakes powder, little at a time and mix to get a soft dough (the powder completely absorbs the moisture resulting in a non- sticky dough).

Then form small balls (of desired size), of the resulting mixture and flatten them a bit. You can give any shape to the mixture.

Kanahindri is ready!!

Serve it immediately or store it in a refrigerator for few days. Above measurement serves 3-4 people.