My athirasam had disintegrated in oil when I first made them. I had to add a little bit more flour to make it work. So make sure you have extra rice flour in hand. We could also add wheat flour to make it work, but wheat flour changes the texture a little bit. Always add the syrup little by little. We might not need all the syrup. That was one another mistake I made which is why I needed to add more flour. Resting the dough for at least a day adds a lot to the flavor of the athirasam. So, do not skip on the resting.