I have never heard of 'Manoharam', which is made by rolling crispy murukku bits in jaggery syrup. Because of the Indian Cooking Challenge this month, I got to know of this Tamilnadu delicacy and enjoyed making it and my family surely enjoyed eating these too!! There were two different versions of Manoharam, one with crispy murukku bits and the other was making boondi with a different combination on flours. I chose to make the former. Thanks to Srivalli and Lataji, for this introduction to an authentic Tamilnadu sweet.

Ingredients - 

Rice Flour 2 cups
Yellow Moong Dal 1 cup
Ghee 2 Tbsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Jaggery 1 cup
Water 1/4 cup
Oil for deep frying

PS - The original calls for Raw rice, but I didn't have time for the process of washing the rice, air drying it and then powdering the rice. So I went with the store bought rice flour. 

Method Of Preparation - 

Powder the yellow moong dal and mix it with rice flour. 

Add Ghee and mix well so the ghee is well incorporated into the flours.

Add water to the flours to make a dough (chapati dough consistency).

In a wok, heat oil to medium heat.

Fill in the dough in a chakli press with multiple perforations disc (The original recipe calls for 3 perforations disc, but I didn't have that disc), 

Squeeze out the murukkus in oil and fry them to golden brown color and drain them onto kitchen paper towels. 

Break the murukku into small bits and keep them aside.

In a separate sauce pan, melt the jaggery with a little water and strain for any impurities.

Heat the jaggery syrup to get a thick consistency (Muduru paakam). A simple test for consistencey - when a drop of syrup is put in water, a hard ball must be formed.

Switch off the flame and add the bits to the syrup and mix well making sure the syrup is coated uniformly.

Grease palms and roll into medium sized balls and serve. I made bite size pieces as I had to attend to my 3-yr old at the right time and the whole thing solidified by the time I could return to this activity. But anyway, I am happy with the result as it is easier for the kids to pop them into their mouths without making a mess!! 

Makes about 2-3 cups of bite size pieces

Preparation Time 50 min 

Posted by Harini on Wednesday, September 15, 2010


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Amma makes these for every diwali.. intlo veetini kommu mithai antaamu. She used chana floor...

  3. madhavi Says:
  4. woww.harini..kottagaa undi ee recipe.nenu kooda try chestanu..

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