The arid belt of southern Tamil Nadu is home to groundnut fields, palm groves and the crunchy kadalai urundai (peanut balls) — a humble snack made from roasted peanuts and palm jaggery syrup.
Carrying the scent of the earth and subtle sweetness of the palm, this is a sweet entirely made from natural ingredients without any artificial additives or flavours.
At MotherWay Traditional Sweets and Snacks, in Kariyapatti near Madurai, we watch a family make some of these delicious treats. For orders, visit

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