Thaen Mittai is a traditional sweet recipe of Tamil Nadu which is very famous when we were Kids , It is almost forgotten recipe now, which was sold in Petti shops and annachi Kadai earlier, now we can find this sweet very rarely in few super markets. I am a huge fan of this yummy sweet which I make very often to recollect my childhood memories, This thean mittai is made with rice and urad dal mixture and the soaked in sugar syrup. When we take a bite into this candy , syrup (thaen) oozes out and makes it more interesting and enjoyable. This sweet can be stored in a airtight container and can be served later , but I never get a chance to eat the next day. Todays kids are didn’t aware of this thaen mittai. I did this sweet especially for my son, that there is an sweet as thaen mittai. He too loved this thaen mittai very much. While posting this thaen mittai, lot of old memories are crossing. Just sharing one of my old memory in this.
On that one thing is, Pommai Kalyanam. When I was in my childhood, we were in joint family. Me, my cousin brothers and sisters, periyamma’s and periyappa’s, attai’s and mama’s etc., will help all kids to play pommai kalyanam. Which means, kids will invite each other by dividing as bride family and groom family. I have a mara pommai (wooden toy) set for marriage. After marriage, we kids collect our pocket money and buy thaen mittai, kamarkat, paal sweet, kai murukku etc., as a food after marriage. It was awesome childhood days. Missing all those day. Im very sad that my kids are missing all those things in this modern world. Ok. I think I inked too much. Ok just jump in to a thaen mittai recipe.
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Prep Time : 10 mins + 3 hours soaking time Cooking Time : 30 mins
Yield : 2 cups
Rice : 1 cup any rice (I used parboiled rice)
Urad dal : 1/4 cups
Sugar : 1.5 cups
Water : 3/4 cups
Lemon juice : 1 tsp
Rose essence : 1/2 tsp
Elachi powder : 1/4 tsp (optional)
Food color as needed
Oil to deep fry
Baking soda : 2 pinch
- Take rice and dal in a bowl. wash it well, soak them in water for 3 hours. Drain them and add it to a blender or grinder, add very little water at a time and make it into a thick smooth paste. It doesn’t have to be very smooth, the rice will remain little grainy, that is not a issue.
- Now add some food coloring to it and mix well. the batter should be thick.
Now make the sugar syrup, take sugar and water in a sauce pan. Heat it and mix it well till the sugar is melted and bring it to boil. Boil it for 5 mins. Add in rose essence and elachi powder. By which time it will get little syrupy and thick. Turn of heat, add in lemon juice.
Now heat some oil for deep frying. Dip your fingers in some water, take small portion of the batter and drop in hot oil. fry till crispy and golden. It will take around 3-4 mins. Once the outer crust turns very crispy, drain it.
Now dip the fried sweet in sugar syrup and soak it for 2-3 mins. Sugar syrup should be little warm.
Pictorials:Notes:1)The batter should be thick, so add very little water while grinding.2)When frying you have to fry till the outer crust gets crispy. So it stays crispy even when soaked in syrup.3)Leave it only 2 mins in syrup. It will absorb it quickly.4)You can store this in a air tight container for 2 to 3 days.