Pootharekulu

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Pootharekulu (Coated Sheet)
Pootharekulu dry fruits.jpg
Pootharekulu stuffed with jaggery and dry fruits
Alternative namesCoated Sheet
CourseSnack
Place of originAtreyapuram
Region or stateEast Godavari
Created byAtreyapuram
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsRice starch/Black gram, powdered sugar or jaggery, ghee
VariationsVegetable poothrekulu
Other informationUnsuitable for diabetics

Pootharekulu (పూతరేకులు, plural) or Poothareku (పూతరేకు, singular) is a popular Indian sweet from Atreyapuram, East Godavari, India.[1] 'Pootha' is coating and 'Reku' (plural Rekulu) is sheet in Telugu.

Origin[edit]

It is a wafer-like sweet created in Atreyapuram, a village and mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Initially Poothareku was mostly consumed by royal families and distributed to the people during festivals and any celebrations. Later the village started mass production and is now widely available. The village then became synonymous with the preparation and trading of this sweet. It is a labour-intensive job. With value additions, it becomes a delicacy which is sold at high prices in the cities.[2]

Preparation[edit]

Making of pootharekulu

Pootharekulu is made from a particular kind of rice batter called jaya biyyam ('biyyam' meaning rice), combined with powdered sugar and ghee (clarified butter). To make the edible film a hot pot is prepared. To make the pot suitable, a hole is made in it and it is alternately heated and wiped with a cloth dipped in oil for three days to smoothen the surface. To make the films, coarse rice is ground for nearly two hours and made into batter. This is then diluted, a thin cloth is dipped in the solution and it is put on the inverted pot with flame under it. The edible film forms on the pot instantly.[2] The edible film is then wrapped with sugar/jaggery and coated with ghee.

This video shows the process of preparation of the rekulu/ rice wafers that go into the making of Pootharekulu

Varieties[edit]

Pootharekulu filled with sugar in the left and jaggery on the right

Pootharekulu can be stuffed with different items such as fine powdered sugar, jaggery, dry fruits, chocolate powders, etc. For diabetic people Pootharekulu is available with artificial sugars of less calorific value.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ B.V.S. Bhaskar (3 July 2005). "Life, sweetened by `pootarekulu'". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b G.V. PRASADA SARMA (April 6, 2016). "'Putarekulu' making set to get simpler". VISAKHAPATNAM. The Hindu. Retrieved 6 April 2016.

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