Murukkus – a traditional savory snack

One of the traditional snacks, murukkus has been around since ages satisfying the cravings to munch on something crunchy. Perfectly done spiky coil prepared with rice flour and urad flour is fun to eat. In Kerala & Tamilnadu, you can see these murukkus, varieties of them deliciously displayed in bakery shelves. Folks love to pair it with their evening tea. Kids love to carry these around as it gives the freedom to snap it and eat it in careless oblivion. All in all, murukkus are great savory treats!

Given that murukkus are one of the popular traditional south Indian snacks, you can see awash of murukkus among other goodies during special occasions and festivals. People used to include murukkus when they share festival goodies with friends, family and neighbours. That way I got to eat different versions and loved all of them.

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Like I said, there are varieties of murukku versions. Out of all I’ve a favorite version which is comfortable to munch on…Yep, not all murukkus are soft for that matter! The one I like is soft yet crunchy. Adding urad flour loosens a bit making it less tight. You can simply snap it and throw it in the mouth just like that. And I’ve been following the same recipe since long time whenever I feel like snacking on murukkus, a simple savory treat.

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I know I’m late in posting this snack since the internet is flooded with such delicious recipes. But hey, that doesn’t fill my blog. Hence decided to post it here 🙂 That being said, for me it’s more of nostalgia if I ever try this in my kitchen 🙂

Roasted rice flour – 1 cup
Urad flour – 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp

Combine everything well in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1 tbsp oil. Add water little at a time to form smooth dough. The consistency of the dough should be soft and firm at the same time. Divide the dough in small portions to fit in the murukku press. Cover it and keep aside.

In a pan, heat 2 cups or so oil. Meanwhile, on a wax sheet, press the dough through the murukku press -using the star disc- in a circular motion. Keep it ready.

When the oil reaches the right temperature, gently drop the murukkus into the oil and fry until its cooked and sort of crispier texture. Transfer the murukkus on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil.  Enjoy,

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