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August 13, 2021

Akki Tambittu | Akki Hittina Thambittu | Karnataka Rice thambittu recipe

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Akki thambittu

Nagara Panchami and Maha Shivaratri is one of the most popular festivals in Karnataka. Every year during Nag Panchami and Shivaratri, my neighbor used to pass this akki tambittu recipe as pooja prasadam. We all love it. I wanted to get the recipe from her and blog it for long time. Due to this pandemic situation, we are not able to get this prasadam from her for the past two years.

This year, I got the recipe from her and made it in my kitchen. I also offered this laddu / unde as prasad for my Thursday Guru pooja. My neighbor makes it big in size but I made it small as per my family’s liking. Friends, this tambittu is a super healthy ladoo recipe with all the goodness of jaggery, roasted rice, roasted gram, sesame seeds, peanuts, poppy seeds and desiccated coconut. You can give it to your kids snacks box as well.

Apart from this akki thambittu recipe, people also make Chigali ladoo/ sesame seeds laddu, hurigadale tambittu on this occasion. Soon I will try to share those recipes here.

Now lets see how to make Karnataka special akki tambittu recipe with step by step pictures. Prepare this special recipe for Nagara Panchami festival tomorrow and enjoy !

akki thambittu recipe

Akki thambittu recipe / Akki tambittu recipe

Akki thambittu recipe / Akki tambittu recipe

Akki thambittu recipe / Akki tambittu recipe for Nagara panchami and Maha Shivaratri festival prasada.

Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Sweet
Serves: 8
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Raw rice / Sona masoori rice - 1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 1/2 cup  (Use 3/4 cup for more sweetness)
  • Roasted gram dal / Hurigadale - 1/4 cup
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Khus khus /Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Desiccated coconut - 2 tbsp (Grated)
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  1. Heat a kadai and dry roast the rice till puffy. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Dry roast sesame seeds and poppy seeds till they splutter.
  3. Add roasted gram dal and roast for a minute. Reserve half and transfer to the rice plate.
  4. Dry roast peanuts till skin crackles. Remove the skin and keep aside.
  5. Dry roast coconut and set aside. 
  6. Grind the rice, sesame seeds, roasted gram dal mixture to a fine powder.
  7. Transfer to a plate. Grind peanuts coarsely and add to the plate.
  8. Now add the roasted coconut, cardamom powder, reserved poppy+sesame seeds+gram dal and ghee. Mix well.
  9. Melt jaggery adding water and boil till frothy. Let it cool down. Filter it and add to the rice mixture.
  10. Mix evenly and make balls. Karnataka Akki thambittu is ready !
  • Heat a kadai and roast the rice in low to medium flame till puffy. Remove in a plate.
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  • Dry roast sesame seeds and poppy seeds till it starts to splutter. Add the roasted gram dal and roast for a minute. Switch off the flame.
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  • Reserve half of this mixture in a plate and add the remaining in the rice plate. Cool down and grind to a fine powder.
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  • Transfer to a plate. Dry roast desiccated or fresh coconut for few minutes and add to the rice flour plate.

  • Dry roast peanuts till its skin crackles. Cool down and remove the skin. Grind coarsely.
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  • Add the powdered peanuts to the rice flour mixture. Add cardamom powder, ghee and the reserved poppy seeds, sesame seeds and roasted gram dal. Combine and mix everything well.
  • Take jaggery in a kadai. Add water to cover it. Boil and melt the jaggery. Boil for few minutes in medium flame till it becomes frothy and slightly thick. No need to look for any consistency. But make sure, jaggery syrup is not too thick. Thambittu will become hard to bite after it sets. So keep the syrup slightly thick like oil. Let it cool down completely.
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  • Now filter the syrup and add to the rice flour mixture. Mix well to coat the rice flour. No problem if the mixture looks wet and loose. Shape ladoo and arrange in a plate.akki thambittu recipe
  • This ladoo becomes hard after its set in few hours. So make sure the ladoo is soft to handle while shaping.akki thambittu recipe

  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can skip grinding sesame seeds and poppy seeds. You can add the roasted ones as such.
  • You can skip desiccated coconut or use fresh coconut instead. In that case, roast the fresh coconut till its dry.

Try this easy, healthy akki thambittu recipe for festivals and enjoy !

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