'Murukku' is a crispy savory snack and a great accompaniment with your evening tea or coffee. Homemade Murukku especially has an excellent taste and nothing can beat it. It tastes far better than any readymade or store-bought ones. 'Murukku' is sometimes referred to as 'Chakli', another savory snack as they are quite similar. However, the latter counterpart usually has chickpea flour in its ingredients. 'Murukku' on the other hand has pre-dominantly rice-flour and split skinless black gram dal in it.
It may seem like a daunting task to make it, as you need to get the right shape of the Murukku and then deep-fry them. So for the longest time, I avoided it and only made it when someone experienced was around to supervise making or help. However, once I tried it by myself, I found it simple to make. All you need is some patience, as the process of shaping and frying is a little time-consuming. The recipe that I am sharing today is one such no-fail recipe.
How to make Crispy Murukku ?
To make crispy Murukku, start by cooking the split skinless black gram lentils (urad dal). I used my regular pressure cooker to cook the urad dal. The ratio of urad to the water I used is ½:2. Cook it for about 4 whistles just like you would cook regular dal. It should be cooked thoroughly so it can be mashed well. Once the steam has released, transfer it to a bowl and mash it with a whisk or the back of a spoon. When you are able to handle the heat, add the rice flour, the rest of the ingredients melted butter, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, and asafoetida to form a smooth dough. The consistency should be such that you can easily pass it through the Murukku press. It should neither be too thick and dense nor too loose and flowing.
Use a Murukku maker or Murukku press with a star tip. Make a medium-sized ball using the Murukku dough and place it into the press. Shape out the Murukkus by pressing the dough in the maker, rotating the lever on the top and shaping it into spirals as it comes out of the maker. Feel free to use your hand to get the right shape. Place them on paper towels, so they can be ready for frying. Next deep-fry the Murukkus in high to medium-hot oil. Take care not to overcrowd when frying and add them one at a time to maintain the heat. Drain on to a paper towel when done. That's all and you are done making this delicious savory snack. They can be stored in an air-tight container for a couple of weeks.
To make the Murukku dough in an Instant Pot
Cook the split black gram lentils (urad dal ) using the pot in pot method. Add a cup of water to the inner pot. To cook the urad dal use 1: 1.5 cups water in the other container used for cooking. Cook on high pressure for about 25 mins and let the steam release naturally. Next, follow the steps in the recipe as usual.
What type of Murukku Maker to use ?
There are many kinds of murukku makers to purchase these days. The one that I have is a brass one which has many different tips and molds. You can use them and try various interesting shapes as well.
Crispy Murukku is a savory snack that has the perfect crunch , made with rice andskinless split black gram dal or urad dal best with tea or coffee and that is very addictive .
- ½ cup skinless split black gram lentil (urad dal)
- 2 cups rice flour
- 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil melted
- 1 pinch asafoetida optional
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- 2 cups water 1 ½ cups in IP
- 5 cups vegetable oil deep fry
In apressure cooker cook the urad dal for about 4 whistles
Once the pressure is released , transfer it to another bowl and mash the dal using a whisk.
Add rice flour, butter, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida and make a soft dough.
Make medium sized balls and fill it in the murukku press .
Press and Shape the murukkus into spiral shapes.
Heat about 5 cups of oil and add the murukkus to deep-fry. Add one by one and make sure not to overcrowd the murukkus in the oil so that the heat is maintained.
Fry for about few minutes until they are cooked . Drain them out into a bowl lined with paper towel.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post on Murukkus .If you like savory snacks do check out my section on appetizers.Would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend!