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Kozhakattai maav deepam

Small oval shaped edible lamps made with gluten free rice flour are beautiful offerings for the festival season.
Prep Time 10 mins
making time for the lamp. 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Fusion, gluten free, Indian, South indian


  • mixing bowls and spoons.


  • 1 cup Raw rice flour
  • 2 cups hot water
  • salt to taste ( approximately, 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil

To light the lamp

  • ghee / clarified butter ( as needed)
  • cotton wicks.


  • Roast the storebought riceflour till titis aromatic.
  • Add the flour to a mixing bowl.
    roasted rice flour.
  • Boil the water with the salt.
  • Add the water 1/4 cup at a time into the rice flour.
  • Mix with a fork.
    Kozhakattai maav
  • Add just enough water till it looks like it is coming together.
    kozhakattai maav
  • Cover and leave it for 10 minutes.
  • Knead the warm dough after 10 minutes till it is smooth.
    kozhakattai maav
  • Grease your palms with the oil if necessary.
  • Pinch of lemon sized balls off this dough.
    edible deepam.
  • Make a depression in the centre and shape the lamp.
    kozhakattai maav deepam.
  • Place a tsp of ghee in the lamp depression and add a cotton wick.
    Edible deepam - Kozhakattai maav deepam
  • Light the lamp as you would a normal oil lamp.
    Kozhkattai maav edible deepam.


If you plan to shape and have these lamps, then place the shaped lamps in a steamer and steam for 15 minutes. the fill it up with sweet jam or chutney. Use almond slices as wicks.
The lamps shown above are also edible, but we have used them for prayers only.
Keyword Edible lamps
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