Updated: Jun 3
Pootharekulu(Paper Sweets), also known as Putharekulu, is a popular crispy dry fruit dessert. This Andhra special sweet is known for its characteristic flavour and delightful taste. It is extremely liked by the people of South India, specifically from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is a special delicacy served at important events and functions in the region.
Although the dessert is often called Andhra famous sweet, it is not prepared all over the state. A small village named Atreyapuram, located in the East Godavari district is home to this delicacy. Around 400 families in the village are into making this Indian sweet. Here, people can taste authentic Pootharekulu(Paper Sweets) prepared by women of the village.
People often say sweets are not a good choice for health, but one cannot say the same for Atreyapuram sweet, Pootharekulu(Paper Sweets). Do you know that besides satisfying your sweet cravings, Pootharekulu or Paper sweet can also provide several health benefits?
Amazing Health Benefits of Pootharekulu/ Paper Sweet
The ingredients used for making Pootharekulu or paper sweets are the reason behind this delicacy's health benefits. Paper-thin and crispy rice sheets are stuffed with ghee, dry fruits, and sugar/ jaggery to make a mouth-watering Putharekulu(Paper Sweets). Every ingredient is known for imparting various health benefits when consumed in moderation. So, let's go through the benefits of each ingredient used in making Atreyapuram Pootharekulu (Papersweets).
Andhra paper sweet is made with a specific variety of rice known as Jaya. It is mostly cultivated in Andhra, Kerala, and Karnataka. Rice is a gluten-free grain and has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is a rich and quick source of energy and helps in proper brain function.
Rice is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins like niacin and thiamine, and minerals such as phosphorous and zinc. As white rice used for Pootharekulu(Paper sweets) has low fibre content, it is easily digestible and also relieves digestive problems.