Thiklem and Randho food for lactating mothers

(Pictures and step-by-step guide for Thiklem (Sukho Randho) are posted below).

My recent post on Pospartum care Thiklem & Rando gave details of the traditional recipes for Thiklem (Dry Randho also called Sukho Randho) and Randho (Wet, jam like consistency) and the simple version with readily available ingredients.

I will re-state here only the simple version of the recipes, with some modification, to make it easier to understand and prepare.

Randho (Wet)


  1. 1 Litre coconut milk
  2. 750 gms. Palm Jaggery
  3. 250 gms. Poha (flat)
  4. 250 gms. Tup/Pure ghee
  5. 100 gms. Onions, sliced
  6. 100 gms. Garlic, sliced
  7. 50 gms. Dill Seeds (Shopa)/or Fennel seeds
  8. 50 gms. Kuskus (Poppy seeds) or Sesame seeds
  9. 50 gms. Cumin seeds
  10. 50 gms. Ajwain/Carom seeds
  11. 50 gms Fenugreek seeds
  12. 50 gms. Corainder seeds
  13. 50 gms. Mustard seeds
  14. 50 gms. Black Pepper corns
  15. 50 gms. Turmeric
  16. 10 gms. Cardamom
  17. 1 no. Nutmeg
  18. 1 gm. Saffron (Kesar)
  19. 100 gms. Dry Dates
  20. 50 gms. Raisins
  21. 100 gms. Almonds
  22. 100 gms. Cashewnuts


  • Roast all the spices from Dill seeds to Black pepper and grind to a paste with some water.
  • Take a pan, place on heat and add the coconut milk alongwith the ground paste.
  • Mix well and cook stirring consantly.
  • Add turmeric, sliced onions, garlic, grated nutmeg, powdered cardamom and grated jaggery.
  • Cook till mixture turns dark brown.
  • Add ghee and mix till well incorporated.
  • Add the chopped dry fruits, kesar, poha and cook till glossy.
  • Remove, allow to cool and store in glass or steel container or bottle and refrigerate.
  • 1 tbsp. to be given warm, once day at breakfast to the mother of new born baby after ten days.

Thiklem (Dry) Also called Sukho Randho

Thiklem (Sukho Randho)

I have now tried the recipe and happy to post the step-by-step pictures and modifications in the recipe so as to simplify the process. To make it easier I have used a third of the quantities from the previous recipe. Feel it is better to make in small quantities so the process does not become too tedious. Secondly, if it is enjoyed and benefiting the new mother then additional batches can be easily made.

Ingredients (Same as above except coconut milk but add fresh or dessicated coconut as stated below)

  1. 1 cup (packed) Coconut (Fresh or dessicated)
  2. 1 1/2 cup Palm Jaggery (if not use any available jaggery)
  3. 1/2 cup Tup/Pure ghee
  4. 1 large Onion, sliced
  5. 1/4 cup Garlic, sliced
  6. 1/2 tsp. Fennel Seeds
  7. 1 tsp. Kuskus (Poppy seeds) (Substitute with sesame seeds, if not available)
  8. 1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds
  9. 1/2 tsp. Ajwain/Carom seeds
  10. 1/2 tsp. Fenugreek seeds
  11. 1/2 tsp. Corainder seeds
  12. 1/2 tsp. Mustard seeds
  13. 1/2 tsp Black Pepper corns
  14. 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  15. 1/4 tsp. Cardamom seeds
  16. 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  17. A pinch Saffron (Kesar)
  18. 1/4 cup Dry Dates
  19. 1/4 cup Raisins
  20. 1/4 cup Almonds
  21. 1/4 cup Cashewnuts


  • Dry roast all the spices from Fennel seeds to Black Pepper. Grind to a powder alongwith the turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron.
  • Slice the onion, garlic, dates, raisins, almonds and cashews.
  • Take half the tup/pure ghee in a wide pan or kadai and gently fry the sliced onions till golden brown, remove.
  • Fry the garlic till light brown, remove.
  • Fry the raisin, almonds, cashewnuts, dates, one by one and remove.
  • Add the remaining ghee and add the spice powder, saute a few seconds.
  • Add the coconut and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the jaggery and saute till it begins to melt.
  • Add the fried onion, garlic, almonds, raisins, cashews, date mixture and fry gently till dry and ghee just starts to separate.
  • Remove to a dish and leave to cool.
  • Crush lightly to break-up the lumps and store in a glass or steel container when completely cool.
  • 1 tbsp. to be taken warm, once or twice a day at breakfast & evening tea by the mother of new born baby after ten days.

As stated in my Postpartum care Thiklem and Randho post, I have yet to try the Wet Randho recipe. Shall post the pictures and fine tune the recipe as done for the Sukho Randho recipe, if necessary. Meanwhile, if anyone makes it would love to know/see the outcome.

Due to the lockdown many new mothers are having to fend for themselves post delivery with no mothers/mother-in-law/grandmothers, etc. to be with them and assist as restrictions on travel continue to be in place. As a result, I have received several requests for these recipes. Other recipes for lactating mothers and baby care are already menioned in my previous posts on Foods for lactating mothers.


  1. Jennita Monteiro says:

    Thanks for these wonderful recipe u showed which is not only useful for all young mothers but also for those who want to maintain old tradition of cooking…being manglorean I had these but didn’t know the recipe… while researching for it.. found yr site n happy to be here to read n gain more knowledge in different recipe…


  2. Lita says:

    Cecilia nice thiklem recipe. I love it so thinking of preparing some may be good during the pandemic. Just found you online. Will go through all the recipes. Someone posted this thiklem recipe on FB almost word to word same. All the best.


    • Dear Lita,
      Thank you for visiting my site and for your kind comments. This is a original recipe which I have painstakingl tried and perfected. I had also posted to FB and some groups through facebook. With best wishes, take care.


    • Hello Naveen.
      Thank you for visiting my site and for your enquiry. I think it would yield approx. 1 Kg. Am not sure because, although I have made it several times, have not weighed it. Hope this helps. Regards,


  3. Valentina Rodrigues says:


    I liked your blog. Few reasons. As you know new generation usually is careless and doesn’t believe in older traditions. I being one among them. I just delivered a month ago and my dad had prepared Sukhi randho for me. And it made no sense but i had it anyway since it will help boost my immune. You blog talks in detail about postpartum care which is taken very lightly these days and hence causes postpartum depression. Thank you for a beautiful explanation on postpartum care. And would really like mai’s recipe book on my email to try out different dishes.


    • Dear Valentina,
      Thank you for your kind comments and glad it has helped you. Re Mai’s Recipes we do not have an e-book available at this point in time. It can be mailed to you. Let me know if you are interested.
      With Best wishes


  4. Cynthia Fernandes says:

    Hi, i was searching for this recipe. Thank you so much for your detailed recipe. Definitely I will try to make it


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