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Okkarai : A Traditional Sweet For Deepavali

Written By Srimathi Mani on Friday, November 5, 2010 | 12:51 PM

Okkarai is very popular traditional sweet from Tamil Nadu specially to the south most region of the state. Every family has its own traditions and its such a pleasure to follow them because it builds up memories which is all there is left in the end. In my husband's family okkarai  is the sweet that is usually made for Deepavali.  The okkarai that my mother in law Mrs. Pushpa Yegneswaran makes is very popular in the family. It is her recipe that I am going to post below. This was a totally new Deepavali sweet for me and because of her perfect recipe I have been able to make it every year. This sweet is loaded with protein and actually good for you and perfect to eat when it is piping hot off the stove. There are different versions to making okkarai. This version has a texture like a sooji halwa. Happy Deepavali to all and hope you have a fun filled, safe and peaceful one.


Measuring Cups and Spoons
Heavy bottom Vessel / Kadai ( a must)


It makes a big batch of Okkarai. So please adjust the quanity.

Channa dhal - 1 1/2 cups
Moong Dhal - 1 1/2 cups
Salt - a pinch 
Ghee - 1/2 cup - 1 cup ( depends on how far you want to go)
Sugar - 2 1/2 cup ( U. S sugar), 5 Cups( India Sugar)
Cardamon - 8 pods powdered
Cashew Nuts or Almonds - 1/2 cup


1. Roast the channa and moong dhal in a kadai on medium heat taking care to not over roast them and aiming for a reddish color ( sevakka ).

2. Soak them in water for 3 hours and grind into a thick paste with a pinch of salt.

3. Heat the wok with some ghee add the cashew nuts and roast them. Remove the nuts and keep them aside. 

4. Add some more ghee to the vessel / kadai and then the dhal mixture and cook on less than medium flame. Cook it by making sure to add tsps of ghee on and off and allowing all the water to disappear and a thick dough starts to form. Add sugar and mix well taking care to avoid lumps from forming. ( Lots of elbow grease). Keep adding ghee on and off  and when you see froth forming in the sides when you flip add the cardamon powder and cashew nuts and serve them hot.


  1. Okkarai looks absolutely divine..Happy diwali wishes to u and ur family..

  2. Looks delicious.. haven't tried this dish. must try.. Happy Diwali to you and your family

  3. Looks Diwalish!..:) yummy and delish...
    Happy Diwali Srimathi!!...have fun with ur family!

  4. Amma makes it so well....urs is apt for the festive occassion

  5. New to me,but sounds delicious and its colourful too..

  6. Hmmmm, yumm yumm. A totally new sweet to me, looks so delicious.

  7. This is a new recipe for me. looks so delicious and good. Thanks for the diwali wishes. Belated wishes for you and your family :)

  8. I saw a lot of posts with this dish. I have heard of it, but have never actually tasted it. Looks fabulous and I am sure it tastes wonderful too.

  9. Have heard a lot abt this,but seeing for the first time..sounds interesting!

  10. hi,
    Hope u ahd a great Diwali!!
    This sweet is new to me, like the ingredients that go in to make this wonderful dish. Thanks

  11. Belated Diwali wishes me it appears like moong daal halwa .. and the chana daal addition is really interesting ..looks great!

    US Masala

  12. I never tasted this one, looks delicious this sweet!

  13. This is a wonderful sweet! My chithi makes it every year for Diwali :)your photos are fantastic and tempting! :)

  14. i nvr tried this before.... absolutely delicious :D

  15. Looks very good and very healthy !

  16. Glad to see that you are also following Diwali. It is a very important festival for Indians. Do check some amazing sms for diwali


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