Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Deepavali Legiyam

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!

'Lehiyam / Legiyam' means medicine in a sweet form.
It is a tradition in India to make this medicine to help our digestive system during those festive occasions. Even though it is called a medicine, most of us crave for this medicine just like halwa.
My mom used to make it in a small batch and keep in a tiffin box the day before Diwali and I still remember those days when we longed to taste that sweet ginger after dinner.
I don't have a picture of it now, but wish to post it before Diwali so that many of my friends may go shopping for the ingredients now itself:)


Black pepper - 2 tbsp
Dry ginger (2 inch pieces) - 2
omam / ajwain - 2 tbsp
thippili - 4 pieces
cumin seed - 2 tbsp
coriander seed - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
poppy seed - 1 tbsp
cloves - 2
cardamom - 2
Jaggery - 200 gms (1 cup powdered)
ghee - 1 tbsp
sesame oil - 4 tbsp


Dry roast the poppy seed till we get a cracking sound. Keep it aside.
Again dry roast the pepper, thippili, coriander seed, cumin, omam, cardamom, cloves and let them cool. (Roasting makes the powder more fine).
Soak the dry ginger for 2 hours.
Grind the roasted items along with soaked dry ginger to a fine paste.

Bring one cup water to boil and put the jaggery. Let it dissolve.
Then filter it to remove the sediments.

Now take a thick bottom wok and pour the jaggery water along with grind mixture.
Start heating and let it evaporate.

After it becomes half the quantity add the ghee+sesame oil and stir continuosly till we get a halwa consistency.
Switch off flame when the lehiyam starts coming along with the spatula without sticking to the bottom.

Deepavali legiyam is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as a digestion medicine after heavy meals.
Take one - two tbsp per day after dinner / heavy meals.
The above said quantity can be served for 4 people.


chow and chatter said...

happy diwali viki

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice recipe for deepawalli....

Nandinis food said...

Deepavali Legiyam! Awesome! I love the taste know what effect it has...LOL!

Radhe said...

nice recipe.happy diwali......

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

nice authentic one...

Unknown said...

my mom used to make this,,never tried..lovely post..

kittymatti said...

very useful recipe thankss for sharing

Unknown said...

Perfect recipe for diwali...Wish u & ur family a happy diwali..

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi viki,wish u and ur family a very happy and a prosperous diwali..enjoy and have lots of fun...take care

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Happy Diwali Viki..... Have a rocking celebration!!

chef and her kitchen said...

happy diwali in advance...nice legiyam..

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect for diwali, thanks for sharing Viki..

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very good recipe for diwali!
Going to try many dishes for diwali and at last will give this legiyam to my family;)

Happy diwali to you and your family dear Viki, may this diwali light up your life with prosperity and lots of happiness!!!

Premyscakes said...

awesome viki!! u always think different. Wish u a very happy diwali.

kitchen queen said...

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Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome! I was just looking for this recipe

sabah said...

Very nice !
Happy Diwali.

my kitchen said...

Traditional one.Happy Diwali

Cynthia said...

Happy Diwali!

Urmi said...

Lovely recipe. Thanks.
Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
Please collect your award from my blog.

Ann said...

Happy belated Deewali Viki dear..this is totally yummy recipe which am not even known.Thanks Viks..

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