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9 November, 2015

Okkarai, a 5-ingredient Sweet Dish for Diwali and Meatless Mondays (gluten-free, vegan)

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Here’s a healthy snack that I made for Diwali this year! Tagging this to Meatless Monday, the initiative to eat more vegetarian meals.

Flourless, no deep-frying, just steam cooked lentil cakes mixed with jaggery or unrefined sugar.

I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law this summer and we all fell in love with it. You just need 2 hours for soaking the lentils and about 2 hours to make it. Here are a few pictures of the steps involved:



  • Servings: 4 and 1/2cups
  • Time: 90 minutes + soak time
  • Difficulty: easy
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Split Moong dal- 2 cups

Jaggery- 2 1/2 cups

cardamom powder- 1 tsp.

broken cashews- 1/2 cup

coconut oil or ghee- 1 tbsp.

water- 1 1/2 cups + amount needed for soaking


1. Soak mung dal in water till completely immersed. It will swell up in 2-3 hours.

2. Drain water and grind to a paste without adding any water.

3. Steam cook for 10-15 minutes. Allow the cooked lentil cakes to dry completely for 20-30 minutes.

4. Grind the broken cakes to a coarse powder.

5. Dissolve jaggery powder in heated water and drain to remove impurities in the jaggery.

6. In a wide pan, bring jaggery solution to a boil till it reaches a consistency when a small drop added in cold water does not disperse.

7. Add all the powdered mung to the jaggery, add cardamom powder. Let it remain on low heat till all the water evaporates. Break any small lumps.

8. Roast cashews in coconut oil or ghee and garnish. Store in an airtight box and enjoy for a week!






6 thoughts on : Okkarai, a 5-ingredient Sweet Dish for Diwali and Meatless Mondays (gluten-free, vegan)

  • November 22, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Your blog is looking great!! I love health dishes for holidays, a great way to enjoy guilt-free 🙂

    • apsara
      November 23, 2015 at 3:38 am

      thanks, dear!

  • November 22, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Interesting dish, looks festive yet healthy 🙂

  • Sharika
    October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    This looks very healthy and yummy

    • apsara
      October 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you, Sharika

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