Thaen mittai recipe with step-wise pictures and video recipe. Thaen mittai is a sweet balls with crunchy outside and juicy inside. This is a popular and available in almost all potti kadai or small tea shops in Tamil Nadu. Thaen means honey and mittai means candy. Though honey is not used in making, it is called so because the sugar syrup in middle tastes like honey. This makes me feel nostalgic about my school days and I get it almost daily in nearby shop.
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Soaking time : 3 hours
Cooking time : 30 minutes
No. Of serving : 6
- Rice – 1/2 cup
- Urad dal – 1/4 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Powdered sugar – 2 tsp
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Rose water – 1 tsp
- Red food color – pinch
- Oil – for deep frying
1. Wash rice and urad dal. Soak it in water for 3 hours. Once done, drain from water and add it to blender.
2. Grind into thick and smooth paste without adding water. Sprinkle very little water if needed.
3. Transfer into a bowl, add little food color and mix well. Keep aside.
4. Now let’s make sugar syrup. Boil together sugar and water in a pan for 5 minutes until it turns syrupy. No need of any thread consistency.
5. Then heat oil in a pan. Check the temperature dropping little batter, it has to bubble well. Now take small portion of the batter, drop in oil into small balls.
6. Fry in medium flame until it turns crispy but not brown. Remove from oil and drain excess oil in kitchen tissues.
7. Drop the fried balls immediately into the sugar syrup and let it be soaked for 2-3 minutes.
8. Drain from sugar syrup and add some powdered sugar on top.
9. The tasty and juicy thaen mittai is ready. Store in airtight container once cooled.