Of Eating The Famed Andhra Pradesh Paper Sweet

I am sure the ‘paper sweet’ from Andhra Pradesh is not new to many of you, but it was for me. I do have vague memories of Hyderabadi friends of my Amma talking about it years ago, but had never tasted it. Recently, the husband and I were at Pulla Reddy Sweets, and spotted these sweets there, among a whole host of other delicacies from Andhra Pradesh – pickles and Karachi Bakery biscuits included. The paper sweet looked too interesting to ignore, and so, we picked up a couple to try out.

For the uninitiated, these sweets look like rolled-up paper from the outside. If you open one of these up, it looks like several sheets of super-thin paper have been placed on top of each other and rolled up together, with specks of yellow in between. In fact, this is a sweet made from rice batter, which is poured over a hot metal pot to create super-fine paper-like sheets. These sheets are then rolled together with sugar/jaggery and, sometimes, dried fruits and nuts. There is a lot of ghee involved too, apparently. The specks of yellow that you can spot in between the layers are nothing but bits of jaggery. This sweet is said to have originated in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, and is known as ‘Pootharekulu‘. Most popularly, though, it is known as ‘Paper Sweet’.

The paper sweets, aka pootharekulu
The paper sweet, aka pootharekulu

It takes a lot of effort to prepare this sweet, considering that the rice flour batter has to be cooked into very, very thin wafers that resemble paper. (Click here if you are interested in knowing how exactly this sweet dish is prepared.) Sadly, the preparation of this dish is a dying art because of how labour-intensive it is, and the very low returns it brings in.

How did we like it? Both the OH and I didn’t grow to become great fans of this sweet dish, with all due respect to it. It was too sweet and too papery for us. We bought a couple just for the novelty factor that it had for us, and we doubt we will be trying this out again. Interesting, yes, but something not for us.

This dish goes on to join the list of the crazy stuff we have tried out so far – including fried ice cream, ice cream chaat, bhoo chakra gadde, and rasgulla chaat.

Have you ever tried out these paper sweets? How did you like them?

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19 thoughts on “Of Eating The Famed Andhra Pradesh Paper Sweet

    1. @Maya

      We had a similar experience with the ones we got. But then, I have heard the sweet tastes amazing when you get it from the right place. I am willing to give it a couple more tries – from the right places. πŸ™‚

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  1. This is one of my most favorite sweets. Every time some one visits us from our native, a packet of these beauties would be specifically reserved for me. Andhra has a lot of special sweets and this is one among them. Sad that you didnt like it much – in fact Pulla Reddy sweets (esp in Bangalore) is not so good (at least in my opinion). I hope you get to try the authentic one sometime. In places like Tadepalligudem, you get the plain sheets and you get to fill it with your choice of dry fruits and powdered sugar or jaggery.

    S likes a whole lot of delicacies from Andhra except Poothareku. Good for me, as I get to savor every piece πŸ˜›

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  2. completed non related comment to the post πŸ™‚ .. sorry

    I saw the header today and the little one has already reached “Z” πŸ™‚ woooo hooooooo so what is next making Words πŸ™‚ he he he he

    or is she trying to teach daddy what Z stand for .. look here Daddy… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. @Bikramjit

      Ha ha ha ha, this picture was taken a couple of months ago.. as of now, we never get these moments of peace with her.. she hates lying still with us even for a second.. always wants to keep doing something or the other! And as for books, if we read them out to her, she wants to grab them, tear out the pages or eat them. πŸ™‚ If we persist in reading to her, she screams her heart out. 😦 She makes sure we stop reading. 😐

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      1. Awesome.. she is having fun it seems. and y not .. only now once she grows up then school will start and all that studying etc etc πŸ™‚

        he he he he

        God bless the little one .

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  3. I have eaten it, considering that I am from Hyderabad πŸ™‚
    However my impression varies depending on where I’ve eaten it.
    Some places it’s super sweet, and I don’t like that–but in others it can be sublime πŸ™‚
    The best place to buy it is Rajhamundri train station platform πŸ™‚

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