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How to make Pootharekulu: Indian Dessert Recipe

Pootharekulu is a popular dessert made in Andhra in India. Pootharekulu is made of rice starch, sugar powder, ghee and cardamom powder. Rice is cooked to a consistency of gruel. The cooked rice starch looks like a white colored water. The rice starch is then pour into an inverted earthen pots that are heated from underneath. You will get a layer of thin rice sheets. This process is repeated to produce multiple layers of rice sheets. Place one layer of rice sheet on a falt surface and apply ghee with the help of a brush. Then sprinkle some powdered sugar and cardamom powder. Then take another of rice sheets and repeat the process until you get a thick layer of sheets. Roll them and cut into 4 inch long fingers. Pootharekulu is ready to eat. The whole process is tough to make at home as the Pootharekulu recipe is passed on through generations and getting it right is really challenging. Youcan buy rice sheets or phyllo sheets from grocery stores nowadays.

Pootharekulu preparation



  • Phyllo sheets - 1 pack
  • Ghee - 4 tablespoons
  • Cardamom powder - 2 tablespoons
  • Finely powdered sugar - 300 g

How to make pootharekulu:

Take one layer of phyllo sheets on a plain surface. Apply ghee using brush all over the sheets. Sprinke powdered sugar and cardamom powder. Then take another layer of phyllo sheets and apply ghee, sugar and cardamom powder. Repeat the process until you get a thick consistency. Roll them into rectangles. Delicious pootharekulu is ready. You can also substitute powdered jaggery instead of sugar. Try this pootharekulu or paper sweet recipe and post your comment in the comment section below.  In telugu, poota means, coating and reku means foil. Pootharekulu is also called as paper sweet.

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Rajesh on June 14, 2016:

Thank you for the wonderful Recipe :)

I am a Foodie... and loves to eat from different places.Due to my work restriction i cannot travel to places.

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Vani on March 16, 2010:


I have a doubt reading the procedure. After we done with the process do we have to bake or something bez if we don't then how can they become flaky. Please let me know

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on March 04, 2010:

Looks interesting.

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