Murukku is the common name for an assortment of crunchy snacks made from rice, gram flour (besan) or a mixture of other flours. It is mixed with a dash of spices and deep fried to create a symphony of flavours. I ate ribbon pakoda from a savory shop in India and it was so spicy and brittle that it awakened a few more taste buds. My daughter is the one who enjoyed it most as she loves spicy snacks. I promised her that she will get some homemade soon.
Just to break the monotony of this chilly weather she wanted some crunchies and I decided to make ribbon pakoda. It was my excuse to stand near a hot stove and get some extra warmth for a while. After frying a batch, I declared it, the perfect snack for winter.
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup gram flour
- 1 tbsp coconut powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida
- 1/2 tsp salt or as needed
- vegetable oil for frying
- Mix all the ingredients except the oil for frying and make a soft dough.
- Take a small portion of the dough and feed it in a Murukku press.
- Heat oil in a frying pan and drop a bit of the dough to test. If the bit comes to the top immediately bubbling, oil is ready for frying.
- Press the dough through the slits as thin ribbons into the hot oil.
- Make the ribbons crisscross without overcrowding.
- Turn it once to the other side.
- Remove it with a slotted spoon when it is golden brown.
- Allow the excess oil to drain on a paper towel.
- Cool it and enjoy this snack.