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

Cooking instructions

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.