This is the longest hiatus I have taken from my blog I think. Ashwin is now 2 years old; though he adamantly claims he is 3. He talks a ton. He clearly tells me who his friends are- it is so cute when he says appa friend, amma friend. We try to introduce new healthy foods as much as possible. But last night he chose murukku over spinach rotis. It is a delight to watch as he enjoys snacks I make for him. The effort of standing in front of the hot stove is worth it when he smiles at you all bright eyed and says ,”murukku yummy, more please”.
Diwali is the one of the few times; I make deep fried snacks at home. This is my amma’s recipe. It is technically thenkuzhal. Thenkuzhal is a non spicy snack, while murukku has some cayenne added. I remember when my aachi (grandma) visited us from our village, the gas stove would be moved from the counter to the floor, so she could sit down and make delicacies for us. She would come with a big container of murruku and other delicacies and just before she left for the village aachi would make them again for us, enough to last a month. It was a big day, rice and urad dal is sent to the mill for grinding and then big pots and pans brought down from the attic. After the flour is mixed together, aachi would pinch a small bit; shape it like a small Ganesha place it next to the stove. It is a little prayer to him asking for a good batch of murruku. The tradition is now passed on, I do the same, say a little prayer and hope to pass this on to my son.
Rice flour – 4 cups
Urad dal flour – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
Asafetida – 1/8th tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
White sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Unsalted melted butter – 2 T
Water – to knead the dough
Oil for deep frying
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Slowly incorporate butter and then add little water at a time to make the dough.
- The consistency of the dough is similar to chapathi dough- soft & pliable
- Cover with a moist towel and heat oil is a dutch oven.
- Add the dough to a murukku press and make small rounds.
- Deep fry until golden brown and place in a paper towel.
- Once cool, store in an air tight container.
On Diwali day, mom would place all the snacks she made on a plate and we would take them to our friends and neighbors dressed in new clothes. Have a wonderful Diwali!!