Murukus make one of the best savoury snacks in Malaysia! Crunchy and packed with a ton of flavours, it’s hard to say no to this snack. In Malaysia, you’ll usually see this snack during Deepavali, an annual festive celebrated by Hindus across the globe. If you enjoy having Muruku like we do, follow this recipe at home!
Muruku are typically circular in shape and are made with a special press. This snack has a distinct flavour and a crunchy texture, as well as a few specks of omam seeds.
Origin of Muruku
Originated from South India, this snack has travelled the globe alongside the Tamil community. ‘Murukku’ is the Tamil word for ‘twisted’. While there are many variations of this dish, some common ingredients of the dish include urad dal and rice flour.
Most Malaysian home cooks add coconut milk to the dough, which provides a richer taste to the snack.
Muruku RecipeCourse: RecipeDifficulty: Easy
Murukus are savoury snacks from India that require a lot of practices to make. Besides preparing them from scratch, you could get a readymade bag of flour. This recipe guarantees a batch of wholesome Muruku. Give it a try!
½ cup Urad dal
2 ½ cups rice flour
1 tsp Omam seeds
½ tsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
1 cup coconut milk
1-2 cups water
Oil for deep frying
- First, prepare the urad dal. Wash and soak the lentils for at least an hour. Then, pressure cook the urad dal for 10 minutes. Once the steam starts emerging from the pressure cooker, drain the lentils and mash them into a smooth paste.
- Next, add in the rice flour, omam seeds, and black sesame seeds to the paste. Then, slowly stir in coconut milk and water. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes.
- Once a smooth dough is formed, check for cracks. If cracks are present, add more water and knead again.
- Now, cut the dough into log-shaped pieces to fit into the muruku press. By using the press, squeeze out the dough in a circular motion until it forms a spiral that is 7cm in diameter.
- Once you’ve used up all the dough, prepare a pot for frying. On medium-high heat, fry a few Muruku pieces in one go. To know if they are fully cooked, look for bubbles released by the cooking dough. Lesser bubbles means it’s almost time to take them out. Drain the Murukus on a paper towel and serve.
Ways to Enjoy Muruku
When you’re done frying all your Muruku, turn the heat up and fry some curry leaves and dried chillies. They make the perfect garnish for the snack.
This dish makes an enjoyable snack, especially during binge watching or tea-time! Alternatively, pair this snack with some other Indian delicacies, such as Biryani, naan, and Chai.
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