Chalimidi is a traditional Andhra Sweet prepared during festivals, especially during Sri Rama Navami. This Andhra sweet prepared with just Rice Flour and Jaggery is very quick and easy to make.
Most Indian recipes are a perfect Vegan Recipe by itself, except we tend to add ghee to many of it. Similarly, this sweet can be enriched by including ghee and nuts. However, traditionally though nothing is added during the offering. Memories of this delicious sweet go back to my childhood when Amma used to make this for different occasions, especially during Ugadi, other poojas like special poojas at temples etc. I used to love this so much that I used to enjoy this through the day.
It was surprising that I never thought of making it myself until recently when my Aunt had made this for my cousin’s Seemantham. What was even more interesting was the fact that it had lots of Khus Khus/ Poppy Seeds, Cashews, Almonds along with ghee. From what I remember Amma had never added these extras. That really prompted me to ask her for more details. She told me that one can make this in two ways. The first one is where the homemade Rice flour is just mixed with milk along with jaggery or by just melting the jaggery to remove the impurities and adding the flour right away. In this case, one may tend to get tummyache because of the raw ingredients added. So she normally gets a 1 thread jaggery syrup done and then add the rice flour.
The cooking process is quite quick and you got to pay attention as otherwise, you will end up having a hard rice mass. One tip could be is not to cook the sweet for long after you add the rice flour. If it tends to get harden quickly you could have hot water ready on hand and add a little to make it liquidy. This tends to become hard after cooling down.
I used ghee and almond in the final stage. I wanted to add poppy seeds but couldn’t find it on time.
Sri Rama Navami falls on 25th March this year, we normally make Panakam, Majjiga, and Vadapappu as the main Prasadam for Lord Rama. Along with these, other regular festival dishes are prepared for lunch like Senaga Pappu Payasam, Senaga Pappu Vada. I am excited that this year Srirama Navami is falling on a Sunday for us to enjoy it more peacefully!
Step By Step Pictures for making Chalimidi
Chalimidi ~ Sri Rama Navami Neivedyam
1 cup Rice Flour homemade or store bought
3/4 cup Jaggery
2 tsp Ghee
2 tsp Almond chopped
A Pinch Cardamom
Melt the jaggery and remove impurities if any. Bring to a boil and get 1 thread syrup.
Quickly add the rice flour and cook on low heat for 2 to 3 mins to form a dough.
If you are garnishing with nuts, you can add at this step.
Else you can simply offer the formed dough as Neivedyam.