How to make Anarsa -

A Maharashtrian delicacy made of rice flour and jaggery.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : kolam rice (कोलम चावल), Jaggery (gur) (गुड़)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Mithais


Anarsa Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 6-7 hour

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Anarsa Recipe

  • kolam rice 1½ cup

  • Jaggery (gur) grated ½ cup

  • Ghee 7 tablespoons

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Soak rice for 6-7 hours. Drain and spread on a absorbent towel to dry for 15-20 minutes

Step 2

Put rice in a grinder jar and grind to a smooth powder. Sift the powder into a bowl through a fine sieve.

Step 3

Add jaggery and 1 tablespoon ghee and knead into semi-soft dough without using water. If required, use milk. Cover and rest the dough for 5-6 hours.

Step 4

Divide dough into equal portions and shape them into small round balls.

Step 5

Combine semolina and sugar on a plate and mix well. Place a round ball, flatten into a ½ cm thick round and coat it evenly well in the mixture. This is anarsa. Similarly prepare the remaining balls.

Step 6

Heat 6 tablespoons ghee in a non-stick pan. Place anarsa and shallow-fry till light brown. Keep on pouring hot ghee from the sides in the pan on the anarsa. Do not flip the anarsa. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 7


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