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October 21, 2014


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Last year I shared my mom’s Tirunelveli style ginger legiyam recipe/Inji legiyam as easy deepavali marundhu recipe. But I wanted to try the actual Diwali marundhu recipe at home for long time. Recently I bought deepavali legiyam from Salem “Home foods” as suggested by Sendhil’s friend. 

As we liked its taste very much, this time I made diwali legiyam on my own referring my cook book and Chitra amma’s kitchen recipe. I made it using the ingredients which I had in my pantry. Also I din’t want to go for soaking version as I had less time in hand. So I dry roasted everything, ground & prepared diwali marundhu powder and then I made legiyam with that powder. It came out very well. 

I won’t say this is the authentic version because I have not used some important ingredients like kandanthipili, arisi thipili etc. But I am sure this will help for digestion of oily & ghee rich sweets and snacks we relish for Diwali. Do try this deepavali marundhu recipe. Its not that much difficult to make as I thought. Anybody can make it easily. Just have a tsp of it in empty stomach for 3 days. It keeps you free from indigestion issues. 

I wish all my friends & readers a very happy Diwali. Thanks a lot for trying my Diwali recipes and sharing pictures with me. I am really touched. Do shower your encouragement and support always !


Diwali marundhu recipe

Diwali marundhu recipe Diwali marundhu recipe using easily available ingredients in pantry !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Health food
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

For marundhu powder
  • Dhania/Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Ajwain/Omam - 3/4 tbsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
  • Khuskhus/Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 no ( small)
  • Jathikai – a small piece ( optional)
  • Dry ginger powder - 1 tsp ( use 1 inch piece if u use dry ginger)
For syrup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 3 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil/Gingely oil - 1 tsp

  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under”for marundhu powder” . Dry roast in a kadai in low flame for 2-3 minutes till you get a nice medicine smell. Make sure you don’t burn them.
  • Grind all the ingredients to a fine powder. Sieve if you wish. I dint do it. Take the ground powder in a bowl & add water to make it a thick paste. Set aside. In a kadai, take the grated jaggery and add water to cover it. When the jaggery is melted completely, strain the syrup and again boil the jaggery till it becomes frothy.
  • Simmer the flame at this stage and add the ground paste. Mix well till it starts to thicken in medium flame.
  • When it starts to thicken, add gingely oil. Mix well. When it gets absorbed, add 1/2 tsp of ghee at regular intervals. When the marundhu starts to leave the sides of pan, add the remaining ghee and remove the kadai from the pan immediately. It looks likes a semi solid paste when hot. Transfer to a plate. 
  • When the marundhu becomes warm, touch it with your hands. If it is non-sticky and if you can roll as soft glossy ball,that's the right consistency. Store in a clean bottle and use whenever needed. If you stir for more time, it will become chewy. 
Stays good for months when refrigerated ! Have a tsp of this after a heavy meal or in empty stomach for 3 days. It aids digestion & keep you free from indigestion issues !


  • As suggested in my book, you can add 2-3 small stick of kandanthipili, arisi thipili and 1/4 tsp of saunf/soambu while dry roasting to make the authentic recipe.
  • If you don’t want follow roast and grind method, you can soak all the ingredients in water for an hour and proceed as given above.
  • As soon as the mixture starts to leave the pan and becomes together,remove it from the flame else it will become hard and you have to eat it as a chocolate. But it tastes fine & its health benefits retain in all the ways. So no worries.
  • U can grind this powder in bulk quantity. Store and use whenever you need.

Have a tsp of this diwali marundhu in empty stomach for 3 days. It will help you for better digestion.


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Divs said...

Very useful post! thanks for sharing! :)

great-secret-of-life said...

useful post! much needed after all the festive food

Unknown said...

goodone chitra :)

Priya said...

Dont have ajwain ,may be i can try with other ingredients ..nice post

Anonymous said...

yummy very informative

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

good one! happy diwali to you too!

veeanoo said...

Can you please let me know the name of the cookbook in the picture. Thanks

Sujatha said...

Chitra mam, i tried this marunthu recipe today. It turned out awesome. I didn’t have thipplis either, but the marunthu tasted authentic. Thanks for the recipe

Chitra said...

Hello Sujatha, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback :) Happy diwali :)