Manoharam is a typical South Indian Tambram snack usually prepared for weddings as seer, Bakshanam which means a certain no of each variety of sweets and savories are to be gifted to the bridegrooms family at the time of the wedding and this is a typical preferred snack as a light crunchy jaggery coated spiral.
Just like the Thenkuzhal, this is also deep fried and then broken into small pieces and dipped in thick jaggery syrup to be rolled into small crunchy balls. Manoharam from Tirunelveli is very famous and prepared with besan flour and rice flour and much thicker . prepared with rice flour , udad dal flour combination , or rice flour and moong dal flour …each one has its own taste and flavor .
I will share two popular recipes ..you can choose either of them to find out which is your favorite flavor .
Recipe 1. Rice flour , udad dal flour and pottukadalai flour combination
8 cups rice flour ( sieved well )no need to roast
1 cup roasted ground udad dal powder ( Sieved well )
1 cup roasted fried gram dal flour ( pottu kadalai maavu )
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered jaggery
6-7 cups sugar
2 cups cashew nuts ( optional )
1/4 cup Coconut pieces (thenga pal) –
3 tbsp dried ginger powder
Method of preparing remains the same .
The pic above is the first recipe .
Recipe ..no . 2 . Rice flour , moong dal flour combination .. ( .this is discussed below )
2 cups Rice flour
1 cup Moong dal flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 cup Jaggery (grated)
Oil for frying
Deep fry the smooth coils in oil, turning well on both the sides.
Drain well in a colander. Allow to cool .
The cooled coils will be broken to bits.
in the pic below i used a lighter jaggery so the colour is mild, a combination of sugar and jaggery is also used traditionally in the recipe .
Another popular recipe for Manoharam is the Thirunelveli style using besan / chick pea flour and rice flour ..i have posted a video about the same , you can try this method too …infact it is our favourite way of making manoharam with besan and rice flour .