Thenum Thinai Maavum is one of the most popular neivedyam recipes offered to Lord Muruga in Tamil nadu. You can offer this for Karthigai Deepam festival too. Traditionally prepare using foxtail millet (Thinai arisi) is dehusked, roasted, ground to a fine powder and then mixed with honey & jaggery powder.
We will make small ladoos out of the mixture to give it to the kids for eating.These foxtail millet honey balls make a nutritious and healthy snack for the kids.If you do not like the coarse consistency, you can always grind the grits till you get a fine powder before making the ladoos.
Foxtail millet honey balls are an easy, gluten free, healthy snack to make and enjoy by both adults and kids alike.
Wild honey (malai thaen) and foxtail millet (malai nel) represent the most commonly used food by the ancient tamil people belonging to the “Kurinji”, one of the five forms of land. “Kurinji” represented the people residing in Hills and its surrounding areas.
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Thenum Thinai Mavilakku | Thenum Thinai Maavum | Foxtail Millet Honey Balls
Thenum Thinai Maavum is one of the most popular neivedyam recipes offered to Lord Muruga in Tamil nadu. You can offer this for Karthigai Deepam festival too.
Wash & soak the Thinai maavu/ Foxtail millet for about 3-4 hours.
After 4 hours drain the water completely and spread the rice on the clean cloth allow it to dry say for 1 hr.
Don’t let a it dried completely. It should be slightly moist. When you touch the its there should be some rice sticking on the hand. that is the correct stage.
Transfer the rice to a mixer jar. Grind it to a fine powder. No need to put over a sieve.
Transfer powder on to plate and add cardamom and jaggery powder.
Keep kneading, the jaggery will melt in hand heat and you will be able to make a dough..
While kneading add Ghee & honey then keep knead it well.
Separate the flour in to two parts to make two maavilakku. Gather the flour and make it as a desirable shape.
Place it on the plate/banana leaf, and make a dent in the middle using thump finger to lit the lamp with ghee. If there are any cracks seal it with your fingers.
Place the kunkumam on the sides, pour ghee and place wick (thread) and lit the lamp.