Purnam Boorelu are traditional Andhra/ South Indian deep fried dessert. They are crispy on the outside and have a sweet lentil stuffing on the inside.
There are quite a few traditional Indian dishes that I haven’t tried for a long time. But I’ve recently realized that it is important to learn our traditional dishes, not just for me, but more for the kids. I want them to know more about our traditions and our dishes too. So in that direction, I made these Purnam Boorelu for Ugadhi last week.
I’ve started bugging my mom to help me out with traditional recipes. It is very important to preserve these, both for us and the future generations.
Homemade Traditional dishes:
In the recent past, a lot of Swagruha style stores have opened up everywhere in India. The art of making traditional dishes at home is slowing waning. So this is my effort to share some of the dishes I have tried successfully in my kitchen.
Purnam boorelu are very common dessert made during festivals and weddings. Sweetened cooked lentils are dipped in a dosa (lentil-rice) batter and deep fried until golden.
Tips to make Perfect Boorelu:
I have always shied away from making these because making the purnam is a little tricky. I made these a few years ago and the purnam or stuffing was a little watery. So when I dipped them into the outer cover batter, they completely disintegrated. It was a a colossal failure. So the trick is to make sure that the stuffing is not too wet or not too dry. It generally tends to get watery after adding jaggery. Then, cook it in a nonstick pan until the mixture dries up. This usually takes about 5~8 minutes.
Outer Cover for Boorelu:
The sweet lentil balls aka stuffing is dipped in a dosa batter. Soak urad dal and rice for 4~6 hours and grind to a smooth batter. You can use store bought flours instead too – that will save you the soaking time. Make sure that this batter is also not too watery. It should be thick like heavy cream.
An alternate to this method is this Poli boorelu recipe. These are made in a slightly different way and are more fool-proof.