Tamil Nadu Style Milagu Thattai Recipe

Give this absolutely traditional gluten free rice flour snack a try. The Milagu Thattai is packed with flavours and a delicious crunch from black pepper and sesame seeds and goes perfect along with a hot cup of filter coffee.

Archana Doshi
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Tamil Nadu Style Milagu Thattai Recipe is a crispy evening snack that is popularly had along with coffee or tea. Milagu Thattai is a flat savoury fried traditional snack that is a part of the Krishna Janmashtami festival menu. This popular crispy snack can be made in different flavours. Adding soaked chana dal and sesame seeds brings extra crunch and texture to this savoury snack. This Milagu Thattai recipe keeps good in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

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Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

40 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

60 M


15 Servings


  • 1 cup Rice flour , sieved
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Gram Dal (Pottukadalai) , powdered
  • 1 tablespoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal) , soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds (Til seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns , coarsely pounded
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves , pat dried and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (Unsalted)
  • Oil , for deep frying

How to make Tamil Nadu Style Milagu Thattai Recipe

  1. To prepare Tamil Nadu Style Milagu Thattai Recipe, prep and measure all the ingredients and keep ready.

  2. In a large mixing bowl , add the rice flour, powdered pottukadalai, salt, asafoetida, sesame seeds, crushed pepper, chana dal and curry leaves. Mix well to combine.

  3. Now add butter and rub it into the flour.

  4. Add hot oil and add water little by little to form a smooth, crack free dough.

  5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

  6. After the resting time, take small portions of the dough in greased hands, roll it into a smooth crack free ball. While shaping the thattai, keep the remaining dough covered with moist cloth to prevent the dough from drying.

  7. Place the dough ball on a dry kitchen towel or butter paper and flatten it into thin roundels.

  8. Heat oil in a wok/kadai. Test the heat of oil by dropping a small portion of dough, if its rises to top immediately, that indicates the oil is hot.

  9. Fry the milagu thattai over low/medium flame till the sizzling sound stops and the thattai is uniformly browned. Overheated oil does not help in even cooking, hence cook on medium heat.

  10. Repeat this process for the entire batch. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container.

  11. Serve Tamil Nadu Style Milagu Thattai Recipe with filter coffee on a rainy day or simply for a evening snack.