• Maida – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tablespoon
  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 cup
  • Powdered Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Grated Coconut – 3/4 cup
  • Cardamon – 1/2 teaspoon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil – for deep frying.


  1. Soak Bengal gram dhal in water for about two to three hours. Cook the Dhal in water till soft, but not mushy. Drain the excess water and spread it on a plate. Cool it and grind the dhal to soft powder. (When you are grinding it in a mixie, run the mixie for a second and stop it and then run for a second and stop. This way you will get dhal powder. If you run the mixie continuously dhal become paste.)
  2. In a vessel put jaggery along with 1/4 cup water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, remove and strain it. Put back to a thick bottomed vessel and allow to boil again. Then add dhal powder, coconut and cardamom powder and mix well. Cook on slow flame till it become thick and solid. Let it cool.
  3. Make small lemon size balls.
  4. Mix maida, rice flour and salt with little water and make a batter like idli batter.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai. When it is hot, dip the balls in the batter and deep fry till golden brown.
  6. Note: You can add a big spoonful of idli batter to the maida batter. This will give soft Suziyan. Also instead of adding fresh coconut grating, you can fry the coconut grating in a teaspoon of ghee till you get nice aroma and then add it to the dhal mixture. This is mainly prepared at Diwali time.


  1. Very unique dish. Is this a Tamil dish?

  2. Jennifer,

    It is a South Indian dish. It is specially prepared for Deepavali in Tamilnadu. When remembering the departed souls, we used to make this Suzhian and do puja. Since deepavali is remembering the Narakasura, it is prepared at that time.

  3. Hi Kamala,

    The suzhans break when I fry them in oil. What can I do to stop this?


  4. Hi Sumithra,

    I have already replied for this. The Puranam should be dry and the outer coating batter should be thick. Then it will not break. Moreover oil should be heated properly.

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  6. Can the batter be prepared without maida?

  7. sreejisha vinayan

    hi kamala
    i prepared and it came out very tasty but the jaggery content was a bit watery so added powdered fried beaten rice .

    • Hi Sreejisha vinayan,

      It may be excess water in the jaggery. Adding some sort of powder or coconut will make it thick. You have rightly added beaten rice powder.

  8. Hi Kamala sister,

    I tired many of your receipes and it came very well.

    I prepared the Suzhiyan it came awesome.. my daughter 19 months old love to have it


  9. A.AshwiniAshok

    I like to do this recipe but for me this recipe not at all coming and I’am not fulfilled

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