I was initially intimidated to try out this but eventually did. So here is the recipe
Rice - 1/2 kg
Bellam (Gud) - 1/2 kg Roughly chopped
Grated Coconut -1/2 (I used the frozen grated coconut..if you have patience use the fresh one and grate it)
Elaichi powder from 4-5
Soak the rice for 2-3 hours depending on what type of rice you use.. I used long grain rice so they soaked pretty quickly. You should be able to break the rice easily. Then drain them until water is gone and lay it on a tissue paper so the remaining water is soaked.
Then in a blender/mixer grind it to a fine powder...fine powder is very important here. If you have a seive use it and blend the rest again. I did not have a very fine seive but the coarse one worked fine.
Mix the roughly chopped Bellam with some water and put it on the stove. You need to make a pakam (unda pakam). The consistency should be that when you put a drop of the pakam in a small pool of water you should be able to make a small round.
This step is important, since if its too loose then the eventual batter will be too loose and you will not be able to make the rounds and if its too thick boorelu will come out too hard. So watch for the unda pakam.
Once you get that add the coconut
Cook for another 5-10 min so the coconut is cooked
Add the rice flour. You should add it slowly and keep turning to avoid any lumps.
Once it starts to thicken, you want to turn it off. The best way to test it whether it is done is to take some and let it cool and then make a ball and see if it is soft and makes a round.
Make small balls and make sure when you are making you press them so it smoothes out. You can do this a day ahead too and keep it in the fridge, which is what I did. But next day get it to room temperature and make the balls pressing the dough again.
Flatten the dough balls into around 5 inch rounds on a greased plastic sheet
Slowly drop these into hot oil. I did one by one in the oil that way it turned out better rather than frying 2-3 at a time. Make sure its in medium flame so you do not burn them.
I put the boorelu on a rack so that if there is any oil it drips in the pan.
And finally enjoy your yummy boorelu!!!!!!!!