September 27, 2019

Omapudi - South Indian Sev

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Omapudi is a very tasty fried snack made in most south Indian homes during Diwali either to be included in the South Indian mixture/chivda or to be eaten as is .
It can be made very quickly and easily in no time . The frying time is also less  as chickpea flour / besan gets fried very easily in hot oil.
This recipe is close to my heart as it reminds me of my paati (grandma) who used to make amazing Omapudi ..till date the taste and feel lingers on my tastebuds . Presenting her recipe with you all

Preparation Time - 30 mins
Frying Time - 10-15 mins
Complexity- difficult


3 tsp ajwain /omam/thyme seeds
2 cups of chick pea flour/besan/kadalamaav
1/2 cup rice flour
Salt as needed
1 tsp red chilli powder
Asafoetida a pinch
2 tablespoon butter
Oil to deep fry

Cooking Apparatus

Sev/Murukku  press and sev plate .


  • First soak the ajwain seeds in hot water for 15-20 mins and then grind it in a blender and strain the extract to get only the ajwain water .There should be no particles as it will block the holes in the sev plate. Strain it multiple times if you feel the presence of any fine particles.
  • In a wide mixing bowl, add the flours, salt, asafoetida, red chilli powder and mix it well 
  • Now add the butter and rub it well into the flour to form a crumbly mixture .
  • Use the ajwain water to knead the dough by adding water slowly . In case you feel the dough needs more water , you can use regular water to complete kneading.
  • The dough has to be soft and pliable . Too hard a dough will make it difficult to press from the sev maker mould. 
  • Heat oil in a kadai and same time grease the sev press and plate well with oil.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and put into the mould and carefully press it over the hot oil .
  • Flip it over after 2 mins and fry for just 1 more min. Take it off the oil as soon as the hissing sound of the oil stops. Drain it on an absorbent paper or in a colander . 
  • Prepare sev from all the dough and lastly fry some curry leaves and add it to the sev.
  • Crush the sev/omapudi with your hands and store in an airtight container. 
  • If you want you can sprinkle some more red chilli powder on the sev/omapudi and mix it well .
  • Enjoy with a cup of hot tea or coffee!! 

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