My daughter is a great fan of murukku. One day, she said “Mamma please ask papa to buy murukku”. I said “I can make it for you….” I said it not because I had any plan to make it but by the fact that he already started from office and approaching nearer to home. From that day itself, whenever she remembers, she asks me about murukku. Other snacks here includes chicken spring rolls, baked samosas, and Kerala mixture.
One day, she took savanazhi/murukku maker, showed me and said “You have to do it mamma…..”. I just smiled and said “Will make it ….I’ll make it dear….. but not today….please…” After some days, she felt hopeless and it seemed that she left it…. But this time I had that good feel to make it and I made it. By Gods grace, it came out well. Here is our hero, sevanazhi/ murikku maker.
Makes 30 murukku
2 cups of rice flour/ idiyappam flour(flour which is roasted and sifted )
½ cup of urad dal
½ tablespoon of black sesames seeds
½ tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of Kashmiri red chili powder
2 pinches of asafoetida powder
2 tablespoons of butter
Oil for deep frying
Roast urad dal in a dry skillet stirring continuously on medium heat. When it starts roasting (gives a good aroma and just starts browning- NOT too much), take off from heat and let it cool. Grind it well to a powdered form.
Take a bowl, mix rice flour, urad dal, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, chili powder asafoetida powder. Give a good mix. Add salt and check for salt.
Melt butter and pour it into the mixture.
In a saucepan, take 3 cups of water and boil well. Pour hot water to the dry ingredients, a little by a little mix it with a spoon. (You won’t require the whole amount of water to knead) When it is okay to touch with your hand, lightly knead dough so that it is neither too wet nor too dry. Check for salt again.
Lightly grease the walls and the bottom part of sevanazhi/ murukku maker with oil. Form spiral shapes of dough in a parchment paper or in a plate or in a big tray.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high and when it is hot enough (drop a small part of the dough, if it sizzles goes down and immediately comes up- your oil is ready to fry).
Slide those spiral shaped dough into oil with a spatula or any flat spoon. With a spoon continuously stir oil. Reduce heat to medium. When the sputtering sound of oil slows down, flip its sides. Check for its doneness. When the sizzling sound stops, it is almost done. Take one out and check its crispiness.
Remove them to a tissue paper and let it cool.
For the next batch, again heat oil to medium high, slide all spiral doughs, then reduce heat to medium low.
I could hear these sounds…. “Pa…ppppa you took my murukku…..” “No… I didn’t….its mine Rydhi…” make it and enjoy…..!!!