Recipe Source: Rakesh Raghunathan's Puliyogare Travels - Akkara adisil recipe
The recipe is towards the end of this episode.
This is only the second time I made this dish, in my almost 28 years of being married to an Iyengar. Akkara adisil is the Iyengar equivalent of sweet pongal or chakarai pongal made by the rest of Tamil Nadu, albeit with slight differences in the flavorings. I was not a big fan of sweets growing up, especially sweets made with jaggery; and had never tasted this dish prepared by an authentic iyengar cook. So I don't know what makes a good akkaraadisil, but my husband Raj said this tasted good. I ended up using 3/4 cups of jaggery even though I started with less, and after tasting, realized it needed more.
It also takes a lot of ghee, and would probably be even more delicious if I had used more.
Recipe to make ghee:
I made this classic combination of akkaraadisil and vadai on the 9th day of Navratri, 2017. Happy Dussehra!