Tambittu - Rice edible lamps
Tambittu or Akki tambittu is a rice preparation with jaggery and nuts and is offered to the god by making lamps out of them & are then served as prasada.
  • 1 cup - Rice
  • 1 cup - Jaggery
  • ¾ cup - Peanuts
  • ¾ cup - Dry coconut
  • 1 Tbsp - White Sesame
  • 1 Tbsp - Fried gram
  • Elaichi to taste
  1. Soak rice for 2 hours, drain it and spread it on a muslin cloth and air dry it for an hour.
  2. Grind it into fine powder along with elaichi in a dry grinder jar.
  3. Dry roast peanuts in a wok and remove the peel. Pound them in a mortar pestle to coarse powder. Not too fine.
  4. Grate the dry coconut finely.
  5. Dry roast sesame lightly to just crisp it up.
  6. Pound the fried gram into coarse powder.
  7. Add grated coconut, peanut powder, sesame, fried gram and rice powder and mix well.
  8. In a heavy bottom add jaggery to half a cup of water and get it to 2 string consistency.
  9. Add the rice mixture to the syrup and on a low flame cook till the mixtures starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  10. Grease your palms with ghee, take a Tbsp of the dough and roll them into small balls.
  11. To make the lamps, press the balls with your thumb to make a depression in the centre.
  12. Fill it with ghee and place a ghee soaked wick.
  13. Light it and let the light burn completely.
  14. Remove the remaining wick and discard. Take the lamps between your palms and roll them into balls and serve.
  15. The burnt part of the dough along with the ghee gives it a very toasty flavour to tambittu.
  16. You can serve Tambittu without lighting them as well.
Recipe by MADaboutkitchen at https://madaboutkitchen.in/tambittu-edible-rice-lamps/