Friday, September 18, 2009

Murukku for Indian cooking Challenge

Murukku in Tamil, Muruku in Telegu, or Chakli in Marathi or Kannada, is a popular South-Indian teatime Snack, but now popular in allover India. It is one of the popular snack during "Diwali", the festival of light, which is right around the corner. Murukku is typically made from a mixture of urad dal(split black gram dal) and rice, both made into flour, added salt and flavourings such as chilli, asafoetida or hing, ajwain(celery seed) or cumin or sesame seeds. Both flour mixture is made into a dough and then filled into murukku press, formed into any shape, like spiral or coil, and then deep fried to a crisp.

I just love this snack, but never tried to make this at home as it is easily available ready from market. After joining Srivalli's event Indian Cooking Challenge, we're learning all regional delicacies from scratch. This month, we're learning this great mouth-watering snack. To make Murukku, you need Murukky press, which comes with many discs with thin holes, bigger holes, star shaped holes and flat rectangular holes, can make murukku of different shapes.
I had this cookie press for years, I make sometimes different shaped cookie with this, had no idea that murukku press also look the same. It has these different shaped tips and many other different shaped discs for making cookie. I made these murukkus with the smallest star shaped tip.

Ingredients :(This recipe makes approx. 250 gms. of murukkus)

Raw Rice - 4 cups
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Water - app 1/2 cup or more

For Seasoning ------
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Asafetida/ Hing - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter - 75 gms

 Method : 
  • Wash and drain the rice. Shade dry the Rice for 1/2 hr. Dry roast the Urad dal to light brown. Allow it to cool. If you are using more quantity, you can get it ground in rice mil, else use your mixie to grind both Rice and Urad dal.
  • First grind rice into a fine flour, keep it aside. then grind the urad dal to fine powder.
  • In a wide vessel, take both the flours along with salt. Mix well. Add cumin, Sesame seeds to the flour, mix well. Whether you use Asafetida powder or the solid ones, you got to mix it in water, make sure it is dissolved before adding to the flour. If its not dissolved properly, when deep frying the muruku, there are chances for the hing to burst our due to air bubbles.
  • Mix in the hing to the flour and finally add the butter. Gather everything well and you will get more of a crumbling mixture. Now slowly add water and knead a dough which is little more softer than the puri dough.
  • Heat a kadai with oil enough to deep fry. Once the oil is hot enough, simmer to low flame. Take the Muruku Aachu, wash and wipe it clean. Then divide the dough into equal balls. Fill the Muruku maker with the dough. You can either press it directly over the flames or press over a paper and gently slide it down the hot oil. But since the quantity mentioned here is less, you can press it directly over the kadai.
  • Cook over medium flame, using a slotted spoon, turn it over to other side to ensure both sides turn golden colour. You will know by seeing the colour that its cooked. Remove to a kitchen paper and store it in a air tight container.

You can store in an airtight container, it stays good for weeks, which is quite impossible unless you forget about them.


Prathibha said...

I liked ur cookie presser...:)

sowmya.s said...

i have the cookie press lying unused..will try to use it for indian savouries atleast..murukkus look yumm..

Nithya said...

Murukku super. Cookie presser looks nice and interesting.
I have posted the same few months back. So this time for ICC, its just going to be a reposting.

Chitra said...

Presser looks too good , murukku has come out very well ..super :)

Medhaa said...

Is it time to post the challenge already, i have not yet made mine was planning on next week. I would never think of using the cookie press, very innovative

Suparna said...

Hey Indrani,
That's an interesting n innovative method to use the cookie presser, the result looks just like it should be, now this idea is sure to go places dear :)

Renu said...

ur murukku looks great..its one my favorite tea time snack

Parita said...

They have some out perfect!

Tulip said...

khub valo dekhte hoyeche murukku gulo. ami aage ek-dubar kheyechi . tomar khaman dhoklar post ta aaj sundor hoyeche dhokla gulo :)

Raje said...

Yummy Murukku! First time here. You have a Wonderful blog! visit mine when you have a chance

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

that cookie press is so cute...
Your murruku is just awesome...

Priya said...

hey murukku looks cripsy and yum..i think u got the good idea to use cookie press..u r brilliant

Divya Kudua said...

Murukku looks lovely your cookie press..:)

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