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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thambittu ( Wheat-Jaggery Dumplings)

One more authentic Karnataka recipe for you guys today..... Thambittu is a sweet dish that is usually made during festivals - Shivratri, mainly. Mostly prepared in the Bangalore/Mysore regions of Karnataka, Thambittu can be made with different ingredients - like wheat flour, rice flour, urad flour etc.... Godi/wheat thambittu being the most popular one among them all.

As a kid, I disliked thambittu, and my mom had to do a lot of forcing - scolding - yelling to get me to even taste it!! I'd try my best to avoid it...I'd cry and make a big fuss, I'd make a pitiable face with tears in my eyes and hope that Amma would just let me go... But nothing really worked, I HAD to eat at least one small dumpling! Slowly, I developed a liking towards thambittu.. thanks to my mom!!! I guess its the kind of taste that's acquired over a period of time.... Whatever, I love thambittu now!

Couple of other reasons I like thambittu..... Its super easy to make... It takes hardly about 10-12 mins!! And, its healthy too!! Very little (negligible, you can say) fat... wheat-which is anyway healthy... some jaggery- which is again better than sugar!! I can have a decent serving of thambittu without any feeling of guilt within me... what more can one ask for?!?!?! :)


1 cup Wheat flour / Godi Hittu

1 cup Jaggery

1/2 tsp Ghee

1/2 tsp Elaichi / Cardamom powder

Optional :

1 - 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut / Grated Copra (Kobri/Kobbari)

1-2 tbsp Raisins- Chopped nuts mixture


  1. Dry roast the wheat flour for a couple of minutes, or until the raw smell disappears; Saute continuously.... the flour would get burnt otherwise; The flour should turn light brown in color. Remove from stove and keep aside
  2. Take about 1.5 cups of water; Add few drops of ghee, jaggery and boil well until all the jaggery has melted. Adjust sweetness according to taste.
  3. Reduce heat to low; Add the elaichi powder, nuts and mix well;
  4. Add the roasted flour little by little; Mix continuously so that no lumps are formed;
  5. Remove from stove immediately and let it cool; After it cools, grease your hands with a few drops of oil/ghee and shape them into laddus/ laadus. Store in airtight containers and enjoy. It's shelf live is about 3-5 days.

Note: Thambittu is usually a little soft and not as hard as other laddus. Its consistency is somewhere between halwa and laddus.

Prep time: About 10-12 mins

Makes: About 8-10 laadus


Deepa Kuber said...

Nice recipe and delicious pic. hey i have tagged u for meme. did u check that? u can play if u r interested.

EC said...

Very tempting one...will try it out

kamala said...

Looks mouthwatering Ramya.Nice one to share

FH said...

YUM! Nanna Mysore ajji madtare idanna Ugadi dina! I love the wheat flour one but I HATE the Rice flour one which is hard to bite!!;D

Uma said...

lovely dumplings. Yummy!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Looks v nice.. you did so early...
i usually do it in june. Probably in ashada masa, was it just for blog :)

Siri said...

I heard abt this from one my kannadiga friend ..looks yummy.. will definitely try out!

Welcome to DH and thanks for joining Ramya...:D Hope you will find it informative and an enjoyable experience!


Dori said...

These sounds tasty :)

Kalai said...

Awesome recipe, Ramya! Looks really easy, too. :)

Aspiring Annapoorna said...

Thanks for this post ramya! I had no idea thambittu was a sweet.
My grandmother used to sing me a little rhyme when I was a child
"Sakkara POngala Obbatu,
Chigali Unde Thambittu
Nag ishtu, Ning ishtu,
While I figured the rest of it out, 'Thambittu' was a mystery word

Annu said...

That looks colourful....

Suganya said...

That was a different recipe.... That picture looks amazing... great idea...

Lakshmi said...

wow woww...my fav...Ramya. Ambode also looks delicious. I made them recently, yet to post it.

Unknown said...

these are new for me:) I bet they must taste very good!! nutritious too as it has wheat and jaggery(good source of iron)...

Anonymous said...

quite interesting post. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did anyone learn that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

Unknown said...

I prepared thambittu for the first time..with your recipe it turned out really nice :)..Thanks for the reciepe..

Oliver Richmond said...

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.I am a writer focused on career and physical development to spread more issues and tips to develop and works through Professional resume writing service and I love cooking very much. It's my all time favorite food and I love to eat this. I don't know this type of food earlier. And I started eat this when I am stayed in Karnataka some years. And I found that it's prepared and served during the festival Diwali. Anyway nice food and Thank you so much for sharing.