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Deepavali Legiyum


Deepavali Legiyum is a home made herbal medicine for indigestion. During Diwali we eat a lot of sweets and snacks and other junk food or oily food which may lead to indigestion. Deepavali Legiyam or Deepavali Marundhu helps to promote digestion with its essential components. There are different versions of this legiyum and this one is my mom’s recipe and we all love it. All the ingredients used in this legiyum will be available in any local Ayurvedic medicine store (naatu marundhu kadai) in India. Here in the U.S. you may get most of these ingredients from Whole Food Market. You can skip one or two ingredients if it is not available. Make this at home and have a wonderful and safe Diwali.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Makes 1/4 cup of Legiyum

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Broken or powdered jaggery – 2 tbsp
  • Ground herbal powder – 1/2 cup
  • Ghee or clarified butter – 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Sesame oil – 2 tbsp

For Herbal Powder:

  • Omam (Ajwain seeds) – 25 gram
  • Black pepper corn – 25 gram
  • Cumin seeds – 25 gram
  • one small nutmeg (Jaadhikkai -1)
  • Kadukkai – 1
  • Mace (Jadipathri) – 10 gram
  • Cardamom – 10 pods
  • Cloves – 15 count
  • Turmeric powder – 3/4 tbsp
  • Sukku (dry ginger) – 25 gram
  • Kandathippili (dried long pepper) – 10 gram
  • Arisithippili – 20 gram
  • Poppy seeds – 25 gram
  • Athimadhuram (Liquorice) – 10 gram
  • Sitharathai (Alpina Galanga or Thai ginger) – 25 gram

Method of Preparation:
Preparation of Herbal Powder:

  1. Break dry ginger (sukku), nutmeg (jaadhikkai), kandathipili, athimadhuram and sitharathai to pieces.
  2. Slightly dry roast all the broken pieces and transfer it to a plate. Everything should become hot. Do not over roast. This is batch 1.
  3. Similarly dry roast the rest of the ingredients for herbal powder except turmeric powder. This is batch 2.
  4. Grind batch 1 and 2 separately to a fine powder.
  5. Now combine them and grind it again.
  6. Sift the ground powder and transfer the residue to the mixer grinder and grind it again to a fine powder.
  7. Repeat this process until you get a maximum amount of the herbal powder.

Preparation of Legiyum:

  1. Heat jaggery with 4 tbsp of water in a pan or kadai
  2. Once the jaggery is melted, filter the liquid to get rid off dirt.
  3. Add the filtered jaggery syrup o the same pan and let it boil.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of herbal powder and mix well.
  5. Add ghee and sesame oil and make a thick paste. Everything will come together in a minute or two.
  6. Remove from heat when it is a bit loose.
  7. Let it cool and serve a small marble size legiyum after lunch or dinner.
  8. Helps your digestion.


  1. Need of the hour recipe,healthy and Super good.Luv it.Wish U a Happy and Delicious Diwali.

  2. Would love if you could link this to the festival potluck event at our space…
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Festival Potluck