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Maa Vilakku Recipe
Maa Vilakku (Rice Flour Lamp) is made during special occasions such as aadi velli,purattasi sani, thai month, karthigai deepam etc.Maa Vilakku is a special lamp made with freshly ground rice flour and jaggery kneaded together as a dough placed on a banana leaf with a dent in the middle where we pour ghee,place the wick(thiri) and lit the lamp...we also apply kumkum on all 4 sides of maavilakku and place flowers on/near when we offer to god as shown in the pics.

Last time when I visted my native my aunt made maavilakku and took it along when we visited the amman that instant I decided to post the recipe here as I love maavilakku but totally forgot about it....Yesterday when I was conversing with Lavi asking about ideas to post for karthigai deepam she casually said maavilakku would be apt...And today during a casual talk with my neighbour she said they make maavilakku for karthigai deepam so decided that I should post it for the occassion. So I quickly called up my cousin for the recipe , made maavilakku and clicked it today...I loved clicking diyas and maavilakku is no exception...I enjoyed clicking it too.

I remember those days when we as kids used to fight for the lamp-lit-part(the black part where the lamp is lit) as it tastes so good.... :) It gives me such immense pleasure and satisfaction when I try out traditional recipes and post it here....yes small deeds big contentment!! Now lets learn how to make traditional maavilakku recipe...shall we?!

Maa Vilakku Recipe

Maa Vilakku Recipe - IngredientsMaa Vilakku Recipe

Preparation Time : 1.5 hrs | Processing Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice(Pacharisi) - 1 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Cardamom - 2
Ghee - 2 tsp
Gingelly Oil - 2 tsp


  1. First rinse the raw rice twice, and soak it in water for 1 hour. Drain water completely and then spread the raw rice in a soft towel and allow it to dry say for 30-45mins.It will be slightly moist only.Then transfer this to a mixer.
    Maa Vilakku Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind it to a fine powder in a mixie in batches.Then sieve it. If you find small balls break and sieve it.
    Maa Vilakku Recipe - Step2
  3. Sieve until you get rava like mixture.Add it to the next flour batch and grind it again. Now take sieved rice flour,jaggery and cardamom in a mixer and pulse it once or twice not more than that....this is to ensure even mixing.Transfer to mixng bowl and leave it aside for 10mins for the jaggery to slightly leave water.
    Maa Vilakku Recipe - Step3
  4. When you press with your hands it will hold its shape....Start kneading...the moisture in your hands and the melted jaggery will give a soft smooth dough. Add gingelly oil at this stage and mix well. Roll it like a ball and transfer it to banana leaf.Using a tumbler slightly press to get a dent in the middle.Add ghee in the dent and lit the lamp as shown and offer to god as neiveidhyam.
    Maa Vilakku Recipe - Step4
Soft mavillaku ready to be served! Serve it along with coconut pieces, tastes yum!!
Maa Vilakku Recipe

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Maa Vilakku Recipe

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