Maramaralu Undalu/Borugula Undalu Recipe
Story/History of recipe
Maramaralu is made by heating the rice kernels under high pressure. Unlike popcorn as rice has no moisture,Maramaralu is made in the presence of steam. It is famous among the street foods in Asian countries and as a breakfast cereal in the western countries. It can be part of a basic diet, a savory or a sweet as this goes well with many things. Maramaralu with jaggery is one of the best combinations as it simply tastes very well and Maramaralu Undalu is one of its best versions. More than a regular snack it is special for festivals like Makar Sankranti, Diwali and poojas like Ganesh Chaturthi, Karthigai Deepam, sarswati pooja and many more.
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- Take a heavy pan and heat it.
- Add small pieces of jaggery into the pan, pour water that is little enough to make the jaggery immerse in and melt it
- You can clean the jaggery once it has melted using a filter.
- Now in a clean pan add the filtered jaggery and at a low to medium flame heat it until it thickens.
- The jaggery should turn into a stringy consistency.
- The consistency of jaggery is so important as it also ensures the crispness of the snack.
- You can check it by taking a drop of jaggery in a small bowl of water and try to roll it into a ball.
- If jaggery can be rolled into a small ball then the consistency is perfect.
- At this stage, add the Maramaralu and give it a mix.
- When Maramaralu is mixed well, add ghee and cardamom powder and mix them too.
- For extra crunch, you can also add a few chopped and roasted cashews or roasted gram or sliced coconut but this is completely optional.
- Once all the contents are mixed well turn off the flame and let it warm.
- Grease your palms with ghee and roll the Maramaralu and jaggery mixture into a ball.
- Make sure you roll them while it is hot enough to touch as it won't be possible if it had cooled down to room temperature.
- Maramaralu Undalu can be stored in an air-tight container and enjoyed for around 30 days.
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- Energy - 581 - cal
- Protein - 7 g - 14%
- Carbohydrates - 128 g - 43%
- Fiber - 1 g - 4%
- Fat - 5 g - 6%
- Cholesterol - 6 mg - 2%
- Vitamin A - 665 mcg - 22%
- Vitamin C - 63 mg - 70%
- Calcium - 14 mg - 1%
- Iron - 13 mg - 72%
- Potassium - 25 mg - 3%
- Sodium - 480 mg - 20%
- Maramaralu can maintain blood pressure as it has low sodium and thereby reduces the risk of heart disease.
- It is ideal to include puffed rice to your diet for weight loss as it does not have much calories and has low fat.
- The vitamins, fibre and mineral content such as iron and calcium improves bone health and helps you stay energetic.
- Jaggery is mineral rich and boosts the immune system.
- The antioxidants and other vitamins in jaggery makes it a natural cleanser for our body and has anti aging properties for skin.
- Both the main ingredients, Maramaralu and jaggery improves digestion and relieves constipation.
- Cardamom can kill mouth bacteria and prevent bad breath.
- Maramaralu has much less calories compared to regular rice. While regular rice has 206 calories, Maramaralu has only 54 calories.
- As Maramaralu is gluten-free and vegan they can be included in energy bars and granola bars.
- Simply, the combination of Maramaralu and jaggery is one of the offerings for Hindu deities. It has been in the culture since the 15th century.
- Maramaralu alone has been a part of many Indian auspicious occasions.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A quantity of one or two per day can be consumed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- As it is a snack it can be perfect for evenings.
- A significant amount can be consumed at any time of the day.
Eat along with:
- It can simply be consumed as a snack or along with a hot beverage like tea or coffee.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- For people with diabetes it is better to avoid as Maramaralu is not advisable for them.
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