Murukku is a crunchy, savory Indian snack. Its name comes from the Tamil
word for "twisted", which refers to its shape. It is typically made from rice flour and urad dal (black gram) flour.
Sago murukku are made using rice flour and sago. They are very crispy and can be a good tea time snack or munched at any other opportunity.
Sago is a starch extracted from the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems.
- One cup of sago
- Three cups of rice flour
- Red chili powder depending on your taste
- Salt depending on your taste
- Curd to soak the sago
- Cooking oil
Step 1: Soak the Sago
- Add enough curd to soak the sago for at least 6 hours.( Approximately 1/3 cup of sago requires 1/4 cup curd)
- After 6 hours the sago pearls have absorbed the curd. It becomes soft and almost doubles in size.
(Soaking the sago for about 6 hours is very important or else they will burst in the oil while cooking)
Step 2: Making the Dough
- Take a mixing bowl and add the soaked sago to it.
- Add three cups of rice flour to sago.
- Add as much red chili powder and salt as you like, depending on your taste peference.
Step 3: Mix Everything and Make Dough
- After adding the spices, mix everything.
- Add two tablespoons of hot oil and a small amount of water, to make a nonstick dough.
- The dough consistency should be such that it can easily pass through a murukku press.
Step 4: Place the Dough Inside a Murukku Press
- Now take a murukku press or any other type of press and grease it with a little oil. Place a star shaped disc inside it.
- Take a small portion of dough and fill the murukku press with it.
Step 5: Frying
- Fry the dough slowly in batches by pressing it through the murukku press, till they turn a little brown.
- Enjoy the sago murukkus with some tea as an evening snack.