Lately we are spending a lot of time in front of T.V. watching the Olympics. With enough company and exciting olympic events, there’s always that need to snack on something so I decided to make Ribbon pakoras. It wasn’t an ideal day to spend an hour in front of the hot stove but once you decide that you gotta have it, you gotta make it.
Quite popular in Tamil nadu, Ribbon pakoras are crispy and spicy fritters albeit without any vegetable. They are made by mixing flours and spices and deep fried using a special implement which comes with small round disks, as in a cookie cutter, each with a different design. This one implement generally serves well for making many kinds of fried snacks such as Chakli, Murukku, Sev etc.
2 cups rice flour
1 cup besan/chick pea flour/chana no loat
1/3 cup melted, unsalted butter
2 tea spoons red chili powder
1/4 tea spoon hing/asafoetida
1 table spoon til/sesame seeds
1.5 tea spoon salt (if using salted butter, reduce the quantity by 1/4 tea spoon)
4 cups oil to deep fry (peanut or vegetable)
Any kitchen press/Murukku maker with a ribbon disk (picture below)
In a big bowl, mix everything except butter with a big spoon. Add melted butter and mix well again. Pour water all over the mix and make a dough using your hand. You will have to knead it for about 5 minutes to make it soft.
In a frying pan/kadhai, heat 4 cups of oil. When the oil is hot, using the Murukku maker, make small rounds (about 5 inches in diameter) of ribbons. Keeping the heat to medium, fry for about 1 minute on both sides.