We also didn't have the Kara Sev ladle, so made it with the regular press that had a wider hole. The result was very tasty one but I felt it wasn't as soft as what we get at shops. The difference between Murukus and Kara Sev is that the latter is not as crispy as the former.
Kara Sev - Indian Cooking Challenge for June
In a bowl, sieve the flours together.
one after the other.
Add one by one to the bowl with flour.
Ghee goes next.
Followed by garlic water.
You should get a crumble like this.
Finally gather together like this.
After this it is same as regular muruku. I will post on detail with the actual sev ladle and post pictures on that.
Kara Sev Recipe 1
Gram Flour (Besan)- 2 1/2 cups
Rice flour - 1 cup
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Black pepper coarsely powdered - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 1/2 tsp
Cooking soda pinch (optional)
Salt to taste.
Crushed garlic (optional) 2 pods
Oil to deep fry.
- Sieve both Gram flour and Rice flour together in a bowl and make a pit.
- Add chilli powder, Pepper powder, Salt, Crushed garlic, Ghee, Cooking soda.
- Mix thoroughly with hands. It should look like bread crumbs. Divide the dough into 4 portions.
- Take One portion of this mixture, sprinkle water, knead like Puri dough.
- Heat oil in a kadai, Use a ladle with lot of holes (Kara Sevai ladle) or Sev maker. Put some dough on that and rub directly into oil.
- It will be like split string. Deep fry in oil , drain excess oil.
- After cooling this off, Store this in an airtight container.
Kara Sev Recipe 2
Besan - 2 ½ cups
Rice flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Soda - 2 pinches
Oil - to deep fry
Grind fine with water:
Red chillies - 6
Pepper - 1 tsp
Garlic - 7, 8 flakes ( optional)
Method to prepare:
- Sieve both flours together.
- In a big plate cream ghee & soda very well till the paste looks white.
- To this add flours & salt.
- Strain the chilli paste & add, mixing everything well.
- Add enough water to get a soft yet stiff dough.
- Heat oil & keep the ‘karasev jalli karandi” ( a special holed ladle used for this) above the oil.
- Rub the dough on it so that long strands will fall into the oil.
- Fry well & remove to a kitchen tissue.
- Wash the “ jalli karandi” ( ladle) with water every time after use, so that the rubbing will be easy.Notes to read:
- By dividing the dough into smaller portions before pressing down, will keep the dough fresh and also it consumes less oil while frying.
- The dough has to be really stiff, if it little runny, add more desan to get the right consistency.
- If you are using the kara sev ladle, rub it down directly on the oil.
If you are not comfortable pressing directly in the oil, you may press on a slightly oiled sheet or plate and transfer the bits into the oil.
If you do not own a murukku press, try to roll thin cylindrical shapes using fingers, just about 2" long and deep fry.
- Please ensure you are very careful while pressing down on the oil, it will be very hot, this is really not safe to have kids around.
- This normally stays crispy for a month when stored in an air tight container.
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