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Maavilakku recipe
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Maavilakku recipe

Maavilakku is an edible lamp made with rice flour and jaggery in auspicious occasions. Detailed instructions on how to make maa vilakku with tips, full video.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Soaking time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup Rice Pacharisi
  • ½ cup Jaggery powdered, you can use upto ¾ cup
  • 2 Cardamom powdered
  • ¼ teaspoon Dry ginger powder
  • Ghee as needed


  • Soak rice for minimum one hour or upto 3 hrs.
    1 cup Rice
  • Drain water and spread in a clean white cloth for 10 mins.
  • Grind this rice in mixer to a fine flour and sieve.
  • Take the rice flour in a mixing bowl, add well powdered jaggery to it and mix well.
    ½ cup Jaggery
  • Add cardamom powder, dry ginger powder, 1 tablespoon ghee and keep mixing.
    2 Cardamom, ¼ teaspoon Dry ginger powder, Ghee as needed
  • The mixture should not be too wet like chapati dough, it should be on dry side so that you need effort to roll and hold it's shape. If it is wet more like a dough, it won't hold shape later.
  • Keep kneading, the jaggery will melt in hand heat and you will be able to make a dough.
  • Make a ball and place over clean banana leaf. Make a dent on top, decorate with kumkum and add ghee. Place a wick and lit the lamp.



  • Adding more ghee, jaggery will make the dough ball too loose and wont hold shape.
  • As a trouble shooting, you can put the whole mixture in a new round lunch box, lit the lamp as such in it, instead of making balls.