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Anarsa is a type of rice cookie. It is generally made during festivals. It is offered as Prasad to God too. Anarshas are made mainly during Deepawali. Anarsha made of mixture in about equal proportion of rice flour and sugar, hence it is sweet enough to call Mithai. The sesame seeds on the top adds different flavor to it. The ingredient mixture of rice flour, sugar and ground dry fruits are kept overnight to mix properly. Making of Anarsa is two days process, if you want to make it all at home.

How to make Anarsa


Big pan for frying - 1 
Spatula - 1
Plate - 2
Big bowl - 1
Grinder - 1


Rice soaked for a few hours - 3 cups
Ghee (Melted unsalted butter) -1 cup
Sugar - 3 cups
Cardamom (ground) - 1 tablespoon
Almond nuts (ground) - 1/4 cup
Cashew nuts (ground) - 1/4 cup
Ghee (Melted butter for frying) - 2 cups
Lemons: 4 to 5
White sesame seed- half cup


Day I
Grind soaked rice and sugar

Add ground cardamom, cashew and almond and mix it well

Put the mixture as it is to stay overnight, the mixture gets moist next morning

Day 2

Draw lemon juice in a bowl

Take a plate and spread some sesame seed and some dried ground rice on it

Take a small ball out of the moist mixture 

Dip you figures into the lemon juice, gently spread the ball (in the plate of sesame seed and rice) into the shape of a cookie with your lemon wet figures

Heat oil in a big pan until it starts steaming (make it real hot)

Drop Anarsha into the oil

Change sides and let it fry one at a time until it becomes golden brown

Take the Anarsha out when it is golden brown and stack it one on top of other (Place on a sheet of paper towel to absorb excess oil) 

Place it to be cool. 

When it gets cool, Anarsha is ready to serve! Enjoy it.