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Friday, 25 September 2015

Sev / Murukku - Indian Savoury Snack Recipe / Tea time snacks

Murukku or Sev is a traditional savoury snack popular in India. I make it very often as my son loves this very much. In fact this was his first snack as a kid. This is also one of the items made during the Diwali snacks(faral) menu. One of my friend in Hyderabad, Shubhashini introduced this dish to me.

It is prepared usually with various combinations of rice flour , split chickpeas flour, Black gram (Urad dal)flour etc and spiced up with Chili powder, Carom seeds , Asafoetida .This recipe uses Rice, white Urad dal and Sago. I roast the Rice and  skinned and split Black gram (white Urad dal) and then add Sago (Sabudana) and grind it together either in a grinder or flour mill to flour. This flour can be stored for about 6 months in refrigerator, so I make it in bulk and just spice the required amount of  flour with red chili powder and carom seeds whenever wish to have this crunchy snacks . You may also use the ready made flour of rice and Urad dal available in market and then add sago powder to it.

It is usually prepared with a snack maker ( murukku) maker and can be prepared in different shapes using different designs plates provided with this snack maker.

Ingredients for flour:
  • 4 cups Rice 
  • 1 cup White Urad dal(skinned and split Black Gram)
  • 1/4 Cup Sago (Sabudana) 
Dry roast the Rice and Urad dal in a wok until aromatic and light pink in colour. Let it cool down, add the sago and grind all this into a flour either at home in a grinder or in a flour mill. Use 1 cup of this flour .

Other ingredients:
  • 1-2 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp ghee / oil
  • Salt to taste 
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. In a mixing bowl, take 1 cup of the mixed flour, add 2 tbsp hot oil or ghee to the flour, Salt , Red chili powder and Carom seeds. Mix the ingredients nicely and then add enough warm water to knead the flour into a semi soft dough.

      2.  Apply oil to your palms and shape the dough into a cylinder shape to fit inside the snack maker. Now heat up Oil in a frying wok (Kadhai) and then lowering the flame to medium,  squeeze out the sev dough through the snack maker into the oil carefully in circular motion.

     3.  Stop pressing the murukku maker, once enough dough is squeezed out. Now fry the sev from both sides until golden brown in colour.

      4.   The oil stops bubbling, once the sev is done. Remove the sev with a slotted ladle and let it drain on a tissue paper. 

  5.  Make all the sev in a similar manner and transfer it to air tight container on cooling.  Serve this delicious and crunchy snacks with tea or enjoy it as it is.

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