Thaen Mittai is one such sweet which makes everyone go drooling once you start eating it. It is found in all the condiments shop in Tamil Nadu. I could remember munching Thaen mittai in my childhood days. It would be more soft, very sweet and every bite squeezes out the sugar syrup. Recently got connected to one of my childhood friend whose mom make all these sweets, just like that got recipe from her. Give a try and nourish your childhood in this Diwali.
- White Lentils / Urad dal / Ulundam paruppu – ¼ cup
- Idly Rice or Raw Rice – ¾ cup
- Red Food Color – ¼ tsp
- Cooking soda – a pinch
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Water – 1 cup (for sugar syrup)
- Salt – a pinch
Making of Thaen Mittai / Honey Candy –
- Soak rice and lentil together in a bowl for almost 4 to 5 hrs.
- Drain the water, grind it to fine paste by sprinkling little water (only when the batter gets struck).
- Grind it to a fine paste and transfer it to a bowl.
- Add red food color, cooking soda, pinch of salt and mix this well with your hands, cover and let it rest for 10 to 15 mins.
- Meanwhile take 2 cups of sugar and a cup water in a heavy bottomed vessel, stir well until the sugar gets dissolved.
- Cook in medium flame, until the syrup becomes sticky and not to a string consistency.
- Heat oil in a kadai, take a small spoon, coat it well in the oil, and start scooping in the batter with the spoon.
- Cook in medium flame, turn and cook on both sides. Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
- Immediately drop it gently to the sugar syrup, roll and soak it in the syrup.
- Once it’s soaked well, remove it and transfer it to a plate.
Serve, once it reaches room temperature. Stays fresh for a week once stored in room temperature.