Ratlami Masala Sev is a popular fried crispy snack from Madhya Pradesh made with gram flour and spices. This is a specialty from the city of Ratlam.
In this version of Ratlami Sev, a spice blend is added to make it more spicy and addictive. The size of this sev differs from the Bikaneri Sev.
Since I had to make two versions of this sev, I picked up this recipe that was quite spicy and another one for Cooking 4 all Seasons. My folks said the taste was awesome, though they felt both tasted similar.
The blending of the soda with water, oil is an important step as it lends that typical crumbly texture to the sev.
Week 1 – Sweets (Indian Traditional Sweets)
Week 2 – Snacks from the same State (Andhra)
Week 3 – Snacks of our choice (Vada Varieties)
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Ratlami Masala Sev ~ Madhya Pradesh Special Namkeen
250 gms Besan / Gram flour
1/2 cup Cooking Oil
3/4 cup Water
A Pinch Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Lemon Juice
A Pinch Baking Soda / Soda bicarb
1 tsp Salt
Cooking Oil for deep frying
For the Spice Mix
20 nos Peppercorns
1/2 tbsp Carom Seeds /Ajwain
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Black salt
1 tsp Asafoetida / Hing
1 tbsp Ginger Powder
1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
Ratlami Masala Sev
For the spice mix
Take a pan and dry roast all the whole spices listed under the spice mix.
Transfer to a bowl for it to cool down. Add rest of the spice powders along with black salt. Take in a mixer and make a fine powder. Sieve the powder and keep aside
For the Sev batter
Blend the water along with oil till it mixes well. Then add the lemon juice, 2.5 tbsp of the spice mix, baking soda and blend again for the liquid to froth.
Take the besan in a bowl, and add this frothy liquid slowly to form a soft dough.
Grease your hands with oil and grease the sev mold well. Fill with dough.
Heat oil in a Kadai and when oil, directly press down over the oil.
When the sev comes up, reduce the flame to low and keep cooking from low to medium until the sev is cooked.
Drain using a slotted ladle over to a kitchen towel. Allow to cool down and store in an airtight box.