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Thaen Mittai Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 10:17:00 PM

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 :( My husband and I finishes in the first day itself. Lets see how to make this yummy easy Thaen Mittai Recipe.

Please click here to watch Thaen Mittai in Tamil -Madras Samayal

Serving Size           : 5 people 

Soaking Time        : 3 - 4 hours

Cooking Time        : 30 minutes
Quantity Ingredients for Thaen Mittai Recipe
1 cup Rice (Idli rice also works well)
1/4 cupSkinless black gram / Ulunthu / Urad dal
1 pinchFood color
1/4 tspBaking Soda
1/4 cupWater (approximately)
For Syryp
1.5 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Water

Cooking Method

Step 1)  Melt sugar in water and bring it to 1/2 string consistency. Once the sugar dissolves and comes to a boil turn down the heat to low and simmer it for 6 -7 minutes. Once the syrup thickens and reaches 1/2 sting consistency turn off the heat and add few drops of lemon juice to prevent sugar crystallization.

Step 2) Soak rice and dal in water for 3- 4 hours. Add little water and grind it to a smooth paste. The consistency should be like idli batter, should not be watery.
Then add  some orange food color and baking soda. (adding food color is optional but in olden days they add food color to make it even more attractive)

Step 3) Heat oil in a pan - Oil should be on medium heat. Wet your hands in some water and make small balls and drop it in oil. It should come to to surface of the oil immediately .Fry until they are nice and crisp on all the sides.

Step 4) Once they are nice and crisp drain the excess oil and dunk into the sugar syrup immediately. The syrup should be little warm while adding the fried balls (if it is not warm heat it for a minute )
Soak in sugar syrup for 10 - 15 minutes.

Step 5) Once they are nicely soaked take it off from the syrup and allow it to dry for sometime and then we can store it in air tight container.
We can also coat the balls in sugar to make it even sweeter, but I love to eat without the sugar coating.

That's it our delicious childhood cadbury is ready to be enjoyed, when you bite into it you can feel the syrup oozing out from the inside. Happy Cooking !!!
Please do try this Thaen mittai recipe at home and share it with your friends and family. Lets not forget our traditional sweet of Tamil Nadu.


About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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  2. Thanks for the recipe.. I tried it.. it came so good .. my kids loved it.. my daughter (3.5yrs old) is fan of madras samayal

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  6. Came out well!! Thanks for recipe

  7. it exploded when I put it in the oil