- Take raw rice in a bowl and mix water, soak for 30 to 45 minutes
- clean , drain the water
- Spread the rice on a clean dry cloth and allow it to dry in shade
- We need not dry it too much , some moisture is to retained
- Dry grind in a mixer into a fine powder.
- Sieve the rice flour well to get a finer powder or flour
- For one measure of rice flour add around three fourths measures of jaggery and mix thoroughly
- Since jaggery is some what deliquescent ( ability to give out water ) it mixes well with rice flour
- Add a little cardamom powder and ghee also.
- Some add grated coconut also.
- A little milk around one tea spoon can be added to help mixing and binding of the ingredients
- Finally we get a semisolid shaped thambittu or maavu
- Make two big spheres using the maavu and place them on the aarti plate
- Make two hollows at the centre of the vilakku and place cotton wicks ( phool vati )
- Add ghee to both wicks so that they get soaked thoroughly
- Apply tiny kumkum tilak on four sides of the diyas. A little will do because this is offered as prasadam after the aarti ( Take care to remove the kumkum applied portion while offering aarti
- Light the diyas or vilakku and offer aarti to Lord Venkateswara
- There is a tradition of offering thambittu aarti or arisi maavilakku aarti during Naga Chaturthi also.
- The aarti used for Jeevthi Puja that is performed for the welfare of children is made from pooran and hence called pooran aarti. I have shared information on this also below.
Akki thambittu / rice maavilakku recipe preparation images
Simple and easy aarti for Lord Balaji
While this aarti can be offered on Wednesday and Saturday , it is very special during Purattasi month Saturday ( Purattasi Sanikizhamai ) and also for Naga Chaturthi and Panchami