Managalam is a popular, traditional recipe from Thanjavur which I learnt from my grandmother.
What you need
Rice flour - 2 cups
Black gram, ground to fine powder – 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Oil for deep frying
Mix the rice flour, gram powder, salt and make dough. Fill the dough in a murukku maker (thenkuzhal mold), press and release thick string like dough into hot oil. When it turns golden, transfer to a plate, break into pieces of one inch length and keep aside.
In a pan, add half cup water to the jaggery and heat on a low flame. When the jaggery melts, filter and again heat in the stove. Stir occasionally and make a syrup of two-thread consistency. Add cardamom powder and cool. Mix well and serve.
Manimekalai Chelliah is a grandmother who has published an e- book on Indian recipes. She is also an artist who dabbles in oil and acrylic media.