Athrasa recipe | How to make kajjaya | Karnataka style athirasa

By Latha on October 27th, 2016

athrasa or kajjaya recipe

Athrasa or kajjaya recipe explained with step by step pictures and a video. This kajjaya or athrasa is Karnataka style athirasa or adirasam. Athrasa or kajjaya is very popular and tasty sweet dish prepared during deepavali (diwali) festival and also on other special occasions. Rice and jaggery are the 2 main ingredients in athrasa. Whereas sesame seeds and poppy seeds are optional ingredients and are generally used in kajjaya.

Like any other recipe, even athrasa or kajjaya recipe also varies from region to region. The differences are in the rice-jaggery proportion, the resting time and mixing the rice flour on the flame or off the flame etc. As I have tasted, kajjaya is crispy from outside and the inner portion is little soft and juicy. Whereas athrasa will be less crispy and more soft as compared to kajjaya. I am posting this recipe in hurry as only 1 day left for deepavali or diwali festival. You can find a collection of recipes for deepavali festival on our website.

If you are looking for more deepavali (diwali) recipes then do check our saat or badusha, kayi holige, rave unde or rava laddu, badam puri recipe, hurigadale unde or fried gram laddu, kesari bath, easy carrot halwa, easy milk peda, badam burfi, jamun and coconut burfi recipes.

I have made a video on this recipe with Kannada narration, which I have embedded it below. Kindly have a look.

Athrasa or kajjaya recipe

Preparation time: 8hours - 1 day
Cooking time: 15 min
Serves: 12 no

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1.25 cup rice (I used dosa rice)
  2. 1 cup jaggery
  3. 4 - 5 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  4. 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional, I didn't use)
  5. 1 tbsp poppy seeds (optional, I didn't use)
  6. 2 cardamom
  7. Oil or ghee for deep frying

Instructions for making athrasa or kajjaya:

  1. To begin with rinse and soak the rice for 2 hours.rinse and soak the rice for athrasa or kajjaya
  2. Next drain the water completely and spread it on a cotton cloth for 15 minutes. This is done to remove excess water content. But please note that the rice should not be fully dried. It shall have some water content or I would say it should be half wet. Also please note that the time varies depending on the quantity of rice.drained rice on the cloth for athrasa or kajjaya.
  3. Transfer the slightly wet rice and the cardamom into a mixer grinder and dry grind it for few seconds.rice and cardamom powder for athrasa or kajjaya
  4. We need a fine rice powder, which is slightly coarse. So sieve the flour. Grind the remaining coarse rice flour again and sieve it. Like this prepare a moist rice flour which is slightly coarse.sieving the rice flour for athrasa or kajjaya
  5. Now transfer the ground rice powder into a box and close the lid and keep it aside until jaggery syrup is ready. Doing so will help to retain the moisture of the rice flour.moist or damp rice powder in a box for athrasa or kajjaya
  6. Next take 1 cup jaggery and 1/4 cup of water in a thick bottomed pan and keep it for boiling.boiling jaggery and water for athrasa or kajjaya
  7. Once it starts boiling with bubbles start checking for single thread or soft ball consistency. To check soft ball stage take water in a bowl and drop little jaggery syrup in the water. At one stage you will be able to make a soft sliding ball out of it. Reduce the flame. Kindly watch the video given above.checking soft ball consistency of jaggery syrup for athrasa or kajjaya
  8. Immediately add in the rice flour and mix well. Switch off the stove. Optionally you can add 2 tbsp of white sesame seeds and 1 tbsp of poppy seeds. I didn't add.adding rice flour to the jaggery syrup for athrasa or kajjaya
  9. You will get loose dough having thick paste consistency. Close the lid.loose flowing dough for athrasa or kajjaya
  10. After 10 minutes transfer it into a box. Pour 4 - 5 tsp of oil or ghee on top, close the lid and rest it until cool. You can also rest it for a day for better results.dough and oil in a box for athrasa or kajjaya
  11. Once it is completely cool or after a day you can observe the dough has become more thick but still it will be very soft. Grease a thick plastic sheet (or banana leaf) with oil, scoop out a small lemon sized dough and place it on the sheet.making athrasa or kajjaya on a plastic sheet
  12. Pat it into a small thick circle.making athrasa or kajjaya on a plastic sheet
  13. Heat oil or ghee in a deep frying pan and carefully drop the athrasa or kajjaya into the oil. Fry one by one under low medium flame. It is like the oil should be hot enough but the frying should happen at low flame.deep frying athrasa or kajjaya
  14. Take out the athrasa or kajjaya once the bubbles are stopped or once it reaches golden brown color. frying will happen very fast. It will not take much time. If you fry for more time then the kajjaya or athrasa will turn crispy so be quick.deep frying athrasa or kajjaya
  15. Now once you take out the athrasa or kajjaya take one more flat spatula and press the kajjaya slightly. This is done to remove the extra oil.deep frying athrasa or kajjaya
  16. Like this finish making all of them. Place them on a tissue paper. Once they are cool store them in a airtight container. Enjoy tasty kajjaya or athrasa. Wish you all very happy Deepavali.athrasa or kajjaya

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