Manakolam or Manoharam is a popular Chettinad sweet that appears like a sev or bhujiya and is a healthy snack option for kids. You can also call it as sweet murukku. It is known as Bellam Kommulu or Bellam Poosa in Telugu and is also popular among Tamil Brahmins and in Kerala as well. The sweet is associated with auspicious occasions.
Tamil Nadu has different cuisines within its fold. In fact, it is told that cuisine varies in every 100 kilometers in India. Tamil Nadu has Chettinad, Kongu, Nellai, Madurai Iyer, Thanjavur Iyer, Iyengar cuisines within its fold. Most of such cuisines have Manoharam in their list.
Coming back to Manakolam or Manoharam, it is not only mouthwatering but also healthy, with ingredients like Moong Dal, Bengal Gram Dal,Urad dal and jaggery it. Presence of ginger, adds uniqueness to this sweet. Keeping it crisp despite being stirred in string consistency jaggery, is the nuance of this sweet.
Manoharam is a seer bakshanam in family events such as weddings and seemandham. Manoharam is presented in Paruppu thengai cones during such private parties. It is also prepared during Karthigai Deepam and Deepavali festivals. In Tirunelveli, Manoharam is almost as popular at Iruttu Kadai Halwa.
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