When Anusha of TomatoBlues asked me for a guest post, I was more than happy to do it. I have known her for almost a year and she is always full of energy. Her posts reflect the same and she is a wonderful writer too. This was posted sometime back at her space.
This is one of our favorite snacks and it is also easy to make. Pepper adds that distinct flavor to this snack and you can either use a karasev ladle or make it like murukku and break it into pieces. I had kept postponing this snack because I had always assumed that we have to use the karasev ladle. The thought of being so close to oil rubbing the dough over the special ladle made me very uncomfortable. Added to that I do not own a karasev ladle either, so this method worked best for me.
I was initially concerned whether my 4 year old can handle the heat since she is the one who cannot handle anything spicy yet. So, I gave a lot of warnings and told her that it was going to be hot (peppery hot) and so on. To my surprise she had it and looked at me in a really weird way and said that it was not hot at all and it made me look certainly like a fool . Perhaps it is the deep frying !! I have no clue, but I was glad she enjoyed it and I was requested to make more of it. Off to the easy recipe friends.
Pepper flavored crunchy Diwali snack.
- besan - 1 cup (kadala maavu)
- rice flour - 1 cup (arisi maavu - Homemade Rice Flour Recipe)
- pepper - 2 tsp (whole peppercorns)
- salt - 1/2 tsp
- ghee - 2 tbsp (Homemade Ghee Recipe)
Homemade ghee can be made following this link
- oil - to deep fry
Take besan, rice flour, pepper powder, salt and ghee in a bowl and mix. Using water form a stiff dough. Load the murukku maker with the dough (use the 3 eyed disc shown in image).
Heat oil and press the murukku maker directly over the oil and form a couple of circles trying not to overlap. When the karasev turns golden brown and the hissing sound of the oil stops, remove from oil. Drain on paper towels and store in airtight containers when cool.
1. Instead of whole peppercorns, you can use the readily available powder also.
2. Use the karasev ladle if you have one, otherwise use the murukku maker like I did.
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1. Grind the peppercorns to a powder using blender or mortar and pestle.2. Powdered pepper.3. Take besan, rice flour and pepper powder in a bowl.4. Add salt.5. Mix together.6. Add ghee.7. Mix well.8. Using water form a stiff dough.9. Dough ready.10. I used this disc for the karasev.11. Load the murukku press with dough. Heat oil and directly press the murukku maker over the oil and form a couple of circles. Do not overlap.12. Remove from oil when the karasev is golden brown. The hissing sound also stops when the karasev is done.
Tasty and yummy snack.
Linking to Diwali Bash 2013.