Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Krishna jyanti is very important festival for Iyengars but all Hindu family celebrate this festival as per their culture.This time my MIL was not with me to guide what to do for festival but I was getting her instruction over phone.

I prepared everything whatever she asked me to make and I will post the recipe of everything one by one.Since I am from Orissa I wanted to make some oriya dish for the puja so I made one dish which is normally prepared by oriya people on festival days it is called as suji manda(Rava Balls with coconut filling) in Orissa. Usually it is prepared during December that is Magh month of Hindu calendar.The whole Orissa celebrate lakshmi pooja on all Thursday of Magh month.

So here the recipe for it:


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Makes-10-12 medium size


Bombay Rava/Semolina (Suji)-2 cups

Water-4 cups

Salt-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 cup

Ghee-2 tsp

Oil/Ghee-for deep frying

For Filing

Finely grated coconut-1 cup

Jaggery-1/4 cup

Cardamom powder-1 tsp


• Take a wide mouth pan and boil 4 cup of water in this.

• When water starts boiling add salt and sugar.

• Then start adding slowly semolina by continuously steering in this.

• Keep it in low flame and cover it with lid

• Remove the lid after a couple of minute and again steer it.

• Remove the mix in plate and allow it get cool.

• Meanwhile heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan.

• Add grated coconut and fry till golden brown color.

• Then add cardamom powder and jiggery in this.

• Fry till jiggery gets melted.

• Once the mixture isl well mixed it from heat.

• Now for the rava mix you need to put 1 tsp ghee in this and knead it nicely when it is little warm.

• Now heat oil/ghee for deep frying in a pan.

• Then equal size of rava mix and stuff this with coconut mixture.

• Seal the edges with water and give a shape of ball, then flaten it little with the help of your hands.

• Deep fry it in oil ghee.

• Serve hot or cold with your evening tea or coffee.


• Keep steering the mix in pan while mixing rava or else there might lumps will get form.

• While stuffing rava balls put little oil/ghee in your hand.By doing this rava mixture will not be stick on your hand.

• If you don’t have jiggery you can use ¼ cup sugar.

• If you want you can add some dry fruits in coconut mixture whatever you like.


Lav said...

wow looks yumm !!



Soma Pradhan said...

hi, the kakra Pitha has come out relly well. Nice to come accross another Oriya Blog

Rachana said...

A new dish to me! Looks great. Thanks for sharing this traditional recipe.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Subhasini
You made my day....fo quite some time I was thinking about this suji manda , can remember the taste,,,but just did not know how to go about it correctly and without much trial.
Now I can make it.
Have a nice week

Satya said...

wow those manda piths r my favorite ...looks soooo perfect n crispy ,nice golden color ..yummy


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Manda looks superbly delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Sounds interesting and unique

Priya Suresh said...

Wow very interesting dish, looks fantastic.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Totally a new recipe to me looks delicious

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Sadhana Valentina said...

Hey..that looks perfect and delicious dear

Jaisy James said...

wow looks delicious never had this before. thanks for sharing the recipe

Sanjeeta kk said...

thanks for sharing this authentic oriya recipe.

Mehjabeen Arif said...

I was going thro' ur blog.. and was really impressed.. and especially, I had to comment on this one.. This is a really new to dish to me.. and I bet it is really good.. Thanks for the recipe..

arundhati mishra said...

looks yummy, u know i was thinking to post the same recipe on my blog this week as last week i made this first time in my life on my husband's birthday. Although come from a traditional , authentic and spiritual oriya family , i 'd never tried it but thank god it turned out well. But was quite impressed to see u making this though coming from a non-oriya family. good...n..hats up to u

Ghar ka khana said...

i once had these at my neighbours place in janmasthami,now i know know how to make it.thanks for sharing