In India, every month we do some kind of pooja. Especially in Tamil Nadu every month a special pooja is done to God. For many poojas maa Vilakku is prepared.
Maa Vilakku is a lamp made from rice flour and sugar. A small dent is made in the centre of the dough to pour ghee in it. Lamp wick or thiri is placed in it. The lamp is ready to lit for pooja.
Some special occasions where maavilakku is used are aadi velli, varalakshmi nombu, purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.Maa Vilakku is generally prepared from freshly ground raw rice, rice flour can also be used for a instant maa vilakku. The recipe below is from freshly ground raw rice.
- Raw rice – 1 cup
- Sugar – (1/2 – 3/4) cup
- Cardamon pods – 3
- Wash and clean the raw rice. Soak it for 30-45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add cardamon pods in a mortar pestle or mixer grinder.
- Grind it well.
- Keep the powdered cardamon aside.
- Drain the water and spread the raw rice in a paper. The water will be absorbed by the paper and rice will become dry. In a mixer grinder, add the dried raw rice.
- Grind it into a powder.
- Seive it well. Keep it aside.
- In a mixer grinder, add sugar. Grind it into a fine powder.
- In a mixing bowl, add powdered raw rice, powdered sugar and powdered cardamon.
- Knead it well. Add very little water only if required.
- Roll it into a ball. place it in a vessel or banana leaf. Maavilakku is ready for pooja.
- Nowadays we are counting calories and all are diet conscious. So instead of powdered sugar, powdered jaggery can be used.
- While rolling it into balls, sprinkle very little water to get perfect shape.
- This keeps well in for 3-4 days in room temperature itself. You can even keep it refrigerated but it becomes slightly hard, so bring it to room temperature and then serve it.
- Since it is raw rice, some may feel stomach ache when consumed more.\
- To get powdered jaggery, palce the jaggery between newspaper and hit it with hammer randomly. Pulse the jaggery pieces for 1-2 times in mixer grinder.