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Maavilaku Mavu Recipe | Maa Vilakku Mavu Recipe
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Maavilaku Mavu Recipe | Maa Vilakku Mavu Recipe

Maavilakku Mavu (Maa Vilakku Mavu) is an auspicious rice flour lamp made with rice flour and jaggery. Its a tradition/custom for many of us to prepare and offer this Maavilakku for Aadi and Thai fridays. Learn here how to make this rice flour lamp with step by step pictures and instructions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Soaking Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Festival Recipes
Cuisine: Indian Recipes, South Indian Recipes, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Recipes
Servings: 2 lamps
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Mixer Grinder
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Sieve


  • 2 Cups Raw Rice 1 Cup - 250ml. We can use ponni, sona masoori or basmati.
  • Cups Grated Jaggery
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 Cotton Wick


  • Rinse the raw rice in water atleast couple of times. Then add fresh water to the raw rice to soak them well and leave the raw rice to get soaked for atleast an hour. After an hour, drain the water from rice and spread it in a clean white towel to get it dried. 
  • It could take atleast 5 to 10 minutes to get dried. If you take the rice in your hand, you should feel damp in your palm or fingers. If you are going to prepare larger quantities then drying of rice takes more time. Also, if we are going  to grind the rice in a mixer, then we should grind it immediately after the rice got dried. Immediately grinding the dried rice in a mixer helps us to get more smooth rice flour without any lumps. If we leave the dried rice for a long time, then we would not get smooth flour in the mixer. But if we are planning to grind it in a rice mill, then it should not be a problem.
  • Grind the rice in the mixer to a nice powder. Normally we don’t get any lumps. But we should sieve it couple of time to get a smooth rice flour. If we get any lumps while we sieve, again add the lumps of rice flour to the mixer and grind it again to a smooth flour and again sieve it. 
  • Repeat the sieve process again and again till we get a smooth and nice rice flour. Now our rice flour is ready. Take the rice flour in a mixer along with grated jaggery and cardamom.
  • Grind the rice and jaggery. Just give a couple of pulses just to mix the rice and jaggery thoroughly. Do not over grind it as the jaggery will start giving water and the whole mixture would become clumsy.  Take the ground rice and jaggery powder in a plate and leave it aside for 10-15 minutes. The jaggery would give a nice wetness to the rice flour and you can easily make a soft dough. 
  • After 15 minutes, split the rice and jaggery mixture into two portions. Knead the rice and jaggery mixture to 2 balls. Then with our fingers or with any bottle cap, gently press the center of the ball to make a dent. If you feel your rice and jaggery mixture is too dry to make balls or dent, then you can add little ghee and knead the mixture again. You can make a dent and make a shape like a Diya. 
  • Then we need to decorate the maavilakku with turmeric and kumkum. Noe add Panju Thiri (Cotton Wick) to each of the shaped maavilakku.
  • Then pour ghee in the dent made in maavilaku and wet the cotton wick with ghee and then lit the lamp.
  • Now our Maavilakku mavu is ready for Pooja / Deepam.


Serving: 50g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 2.5g