Main Ingredients: Gram flour (besan), sugar/jaggery, oil
Manoharam or Parapu Thengai is a South Indian sweet that is associated with Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, though there are variations of this made in Kerala also. It is basically a sweet version of the popular Muruku or Chakli.
Rice and chick pea flours are added together with a a little oil and salt and kneaded into a dough in the right consistency. This dough is divided into smaller pieces and is extruded as thin straws into hot oil and fried.
Sugar or jaggery and water is heated over a low flame and a little dry ginger powder is added. When the syrup thickens, the fried straws are broken down into smaller pieces, added and stirred, ensuring that all the pieces are coated evenly with the syrup. When cooled, the outside texture is dry.
The Grand Sweets and Snacks was founded in 1982 by Mr. G. Natarajan, a first generation entrepreneur, who after a series of business setbacks, started this food business in a small way at Gandhi Nagar, Adyar in Chennai. by capitalizing his wife Bangaruamma's culinary skill, dipped into her personal recipies and started making and selling the generic snacks, traditionally made by the old ladies of the house - the sweet Mysore pak and laddoo as well as the crunchy, savoury 'mixture'. The marketing had a personalized touch the elderly Brahmin would hand out religious booklets to bigger customers. As the business grew, he hired more staff, mostly women, and expanded the variety of foods on offer.
Grand Sweets' offerings are legendary for their quality and taste. The manner in which the shop got its name is an interesting story. This sweet shop was a small establishment back in the early 80's and one of the customers commented that the sweets tasted really 'grand'. That's how the name came into being 'The Grand Sweets and Snacks'
Slowly and steadily today it has a grown into a store of global fame. The world wide clientele was built on a strong foundation of tradition, hygiene and simple home atmosphere.
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