Maleeza also known as Maleeda or Malida appears to have roots in Afghanistan & is one of the important dishes made on Bathukamma festival, a Telangana State’s floral festival.
Jowar Flour (Sorghum) – 2 cups
Jaggery – 2 cups
Ghee (clarified Butter) – 2 tbsp
Dry Coconut – 1 medium
Cardamom – 3
Fennel – ½ tbsp
Poppy Seeds – ½ tbsp
Salt – ¼ tsp
Make Jowar rotis with Jowar Flour & salt.
While it is hot, make rotis into pieces & grind using mortar & wooden pestle.
Alternatively, you can coarsely grind it in a mixer grinder.
Add jaggery & grind it together with rotis.
Now grate coconut & pound cardamom.
Mix it well with ground jowar roti & jaggery.
Fry the nuts in ghee & mix them.
Now take small portions of the mixture & make them into balls.
The moisture from rotis, jaggery & ghee will be enough to make them into balls.
These can be stored for a week without refrigeration.
If made using mortar & pestle, these are ready to be eaten.
And if mixer grinder was used, you have to wait a couple of hours before eating.
This is because the mixer grinder will be done in a couple of minutes and needs time for the roti to absorb the sweetness from jaggery.
We can use other millets in place of Jowar like…
Jowar (Sorghum) – Jonna Maleeza
Sajjalu (Pearl Millet) – Sajja Maleeza
Ragulu (Finger Millet) – Ragi Maleeza
Godumalu (Wheat) – Goduma Maleeza
Batukamma – Batuku means Life/Live and Amma means Mother/Goddess.
This festival is celebrated in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh state during the navaratri of Dusherra. It is a nine day festival starts on Amamvasya (New Moon day) and concludes a day before Dusherra with the final day called Saddula Batukamma or Pedda Batukamma. Saddulu means Puliyogare and Pedda means Big/Final. On this day a variety of Puliyogares are made & distributed. A special sweet called Maleeda / Maleeza is also made this day.
A variety of flowers are arranged in a conical form on plate & it is worshiped as Goddess Batukamma. Flowers include Tangedu, Uppu, Gunugu, Banti for sure and other flowers too. This festival is celebrated by women, majorly by unmarried young girls. They pray Goddess to get husbands as per their wishes. Girls sing & dance clapping around the floral decoration. Later they take Batukamma to a lake nearby and set it afloat.
For more details on the this festival follow links below…
This year i.e, in 2012 Batukamma festival started on 15th Oct 2012 and concluded on 23rd Oct 2012 i.e, yesterday. On this day we celebrated Saddula batukamma and here is the list of all the Puliyogares and Maleeda / Maleeza we made.
Maleeda / Maleeza