How many people have enjoyed this tamarind candy, which was known as Fatafat, during their childhood days? I remember getting these from the corner store on my street without telling my parents as we were forbidden to buy stuff like that.

Later on I remember when we used to go to my maternal grandma's place during the summers, my cousins and I used to make it as the old timey mortar and pestle was easily accessible and we used to take the help of our older cousins.

When I made these at home the other day, my husband just went 'mmm...' remembering our childhood days. 

Back then, we never roasted cumin and pepper. It was just tamarind, jaggery and salt as they were the easiest to sneak out of the kitchen :).

I have used rock sugar as it is supposed to be more medicinal and the addition of roasted jeera and pepper to make it more flavorful.

As a disclaimer, I am not sure if this is an authentic Andhra recipe but this candy is something I remember loving during my childhood. I don't claim this to be any digestive or medicinal candy. 

Ingredients - 

Tamarind cleaned marble sized portion
Rock Sugar / Mishri / Patika Bellam 1-2 tsp
Black Salt a pinch
Asafotida a pinch
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Peppercorns 4-5

Method Of Preparation -

In a small heated pan, dry roast cumin seeds and peppercorns until they turn golden brown. Remove from heat and powder them. Also powder the rock sugar.

Grind the tamarind into coarse pulp in a mortar and pestle or in a mixer/grinder/chopper.

In the same heated pan, add the tamarind, cumin-pepper powder, powdered rock sugar, black salt and asafotida. Sprinkle a few drops of water and mix well on low heat.

Once the mixture comes together, remove from heat and allow it to cool down for a few minutes.

Divide into 10 equal portions all the size of a garbanzo bean/chole chana. Roll those in powdered rock sugar so they don't stick to each other.

Enjoy this sweet-tangy candy and go down memory lane!


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Preparation Time 15 minutes
Makes 10-12 
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, February 12, 2020


  1. rajani Says:
  2. Oh that’s mouthwatering!! I didn’t even know that you could make these at home :D. I still pick it up when I see it at the Indian store.

  3. Ah yes , even I have enjoyed this candy as a kid ! Fatafat was a brand name and even we were not allowed to eat them , but I guess you had sharper brains and made a substitute . 😜

  4. Rafeeda AR Says:
  5. I don't know what these are called but I have eaten this and never loved it during my childhood, but now would really love to eat it! Looks so good and sounds easy to make...

  6. Nostalgic Harini, my childhood favourite. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.Will have to give it a try soon.

  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. Good old days and simple pleasures! We make this without black salt / pepper and just call it chintapandu balls. :) The other day my mother was mentioning that my nieces made their own candies and were enjoying.

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