Thaen Mittai ( Sugar Candy / Honey Candy)


1/2 cup raw white rice / idli rice
2 tbsp urad dal
red / orange food colour
a pinch of salt
a big pinch of baking soda

For the sugar syrup:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
few drops of lemon juice

oil, for frying
powdered sugar, for coating


  1. Wash and soak rice and urad dal in water for 4 hours.
  2. Then grind to a smooth paste adding very little water and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add food colour to the batter and mix well. Add salt and baking soda and mix well.
  4. To prepare the sugar syrup, combine sugar and water in a wide pan and heat until the sugar dissolves and then bring to a boil.
  5. Add few drops of lemon juice and mix well. Keep it aside.
  6. Heat oil in a pan. Dip your hand in water and take little batter using your hand and drop it slowly into the hot oil and fry on low-medium flame in batches until crispy.
  7. Remove from the flame and add into the warm sugar syrup (warm the syrup before adding the fried candies) and mix using a spoon.
  8. Let it soak for 20-30 minutes or as needed. Once soaked, take out from the syrup and coat with powdered sugar.
  9. Store in an airtight container..


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