Pootharekulu (పూతరేకులు, plural) or Poothareku (పూతరేకు, singular) is a popular Indian sweet from Atreyapuram, East Godavari, India. 'Pootha' is coating and 'Reku' (plural Rekulu) is sheet in Telugu.
|Alternative names||Paper Sweet|
|Place of origin||Atreyapuram|
|Region or state||East Godavari|
|Serving temperature||Room temperature|
|Main ingredients||Rice starch/Black gram, powdered sugar or jaggery, ghee|
|Other information||Unsuitable for diabetics|
|Cookbook: Pootharekulu (Paper Sweet) Media: Pootharekulu (Paper Sweet)|
It is a wafer-like sweet created in Atreyapuram, a village and mandal in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. On the Early Days Poothareku was mostly consumed by royal families and distributed during to the people during the celebration time alone. Later slowly the village started mass production and now well known for preparation and trading of this sweet. It is a labor-intensive job. With value additions, it becomes a delicacy which is sold at high prices in the cities.
Pootharekulu is made from a particular kind of rice batter called jaya biyyam ('biyyam' meaning rice), combined with powdered sugar and ghee (clarified butter). To make the edible film a hot pot is prepared. To make the pot suitable, a hole is made in it and it is alternately heated and wiped with a cloth dipped in oil for three days to smoothen the surface. To make the films, coarse rice is ground for nearly two hours and made into batter. This is then diluted, a thin cloth is dipped in the solution and it is put on the inverted pot with flame under it. The edible film forms on the pot instantly. The edible film is then wrapped with sugar/jaggery and coated with ghee.
Pootharekulu can be stuffed with different items such as fine powdered sugar, jaggery, dry fruits, chocolate powders, etc. For diabetic people Pootharekulu is available with artificial sugars of less calorific value.