For the Indian Cooking Challenge this month, we travel down south again to Tamil Nadu to make these delicious Manapparai Murukku. As with the last month, this recipe is again adapted from the The Hindu, on a search trail to traditional dishes.
Manapparai is a small town in down south of Tamil Nadu and is famous for the Murukkus that are made there. The article talks so well about the author’s exposure and experience of eating these murukkus on landing in the place.
Murukkus are same as chaklis, the same snack called as Murukku in south, is called as Chaklis in North. The press used also is the same. However the traditional murukku maker available in south is slightly different from the chakli maker. You can see how the press looks as shown in the Jantikalu, another version of murukku that we did for ICC previously.
Coming back to the Manapparai Murukku, the speciality lies in double frying the murukkus, which gives the typical crispy texture. However I have always known Amma’s version yielding very crisp ones as well.
I was procrastinating making this challenge since the time I announced. However all it took was about an hour’s time to make it finally. I almost thought I might not do it, given how things are going on. I didn’t want to miss making it, as it’s almost the first time I am going to make from the scratch.
Another thing that prod me further was the fact that I loved the murukku when I had tasted it some years back. One can’t stop with one! However let me confess that, though these murukkus were addictive and I had to pray that some will be left out for me to click, the ones I had tasted from the shop, were white in colour. Mine turned out golden and very much tasty. Maybe the Urad dal was a bit more. As in the article, they only talk about a dash of urad dal for a kilo of Rice.
It was quite hard to arrive at the right proportion when they hardly gave a proper measurement, However this measurement turned out very good. I made sure I double roasted it. We were discussing this on Whatsapp and PJ gave me a sneak preview of her delicious murukkus and shared what she measured as well. It’s fun when we get together and make it. Only we should decide to do earlier on.
If you have not ever made murukkus, this is quite simple to make, and you must try it!