Thaen Mittai Recipe, today we will see how to prepare thaen mittai / sugar candy at home with step by step photos. Thaen Mittai refers to honey candy, but we do not use honey to prepare this candy. The outer layer is crispy and inner side is moist and juicy, tastes similar to honey.
Thaen mittai is a famous petti kada sweet (street side shop) mostly found in tamilnadu and kerala. I’m not sure about other south indian states though. My recent cravings for thaen mittai made me to try this recipe at home. I have referred spiceindiaonline for the recipe. The moment she posted this recipe, I had to try this.
All the ingredients are easily available. You need idli rice / raw rice, urad dal / ultham paruppu and baking powder to prepare urundai. They are ground together and then deep fried. To dunk the balls in syrup, we need to prepare thick and sticky sugar syrup. There is no need to check any consistency. So simple right?? To get that orange color, you can either use food color or liquid food color. The below mentioned quantity yields 20-30 thaen mittai. I have prepared big size urundai, so I got only 20 thaen mittai. You can store this at room temperature for a week. Just keep it in an airtight container. I have used cold pressed coconut oil for deep frying. The aroma was so pleasant.
Thaen Mittai Recipe
- ½ cup idli rice
- 2 tbsp urad dal / ultham paruppu / whole black gram without skin
- salt - a pinch
- ⅛ tsp baking powder
- 2-3 tbsp water - for grinding
- food color - few pinch
- few tbsp of sugar - for rolling mittai
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- Please check the instructions below.
How to make Sugar Candy at home
- Soak urad dal and idli rice together in a bowl in enough water for minimum 3 hours. Wash well and drain the water completely. Take a mixer grinder and grind rice and dal combo adding 2-3 tbsp water to thick batter.
- Do not add more water. The batter should be of vada batter consistency. The batter should be either smooth or little grainy. Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl. Add salt, baking powder and food color. Mix everything well and keep it closed.
- To prepare syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a pan on low medium flame. Once sugar dissolves completely, switch to low flame and cook till you get thick and sticky syrup. Mine was done in 4 minutes. Switch off the flame.
- Heat oil in a pan or kadai for deep frying. Once it is hot, lightly wet your fingers with water and take small portion of batter and make a ball. Drop it in oil and proceed with the remaining batter. Fry them till the outer layer becomes crispy. Keep the flame to low medium. Once a batch is ready, drop those balls in sugar syrup.
- Let them soak in syrup for at least 20-30 minutes. Take them carefully from oil and spread on a plate. Now take another plate and spread some sugar for rolling. Take a ball and roll in sugar. Similarly proceed with the other balls. Store them in an airtight container and serve.