Thenkuzhal murukku is a South Indian favorite savory. It is prepared specially at home for diwali. There is no diwali without murukku.
It is easy to prepare. Both homemade rice flour and shop purchased rice flour goes well for this murukku. The step by step procedure of this recipe is as follows
- Raw Rice flour – 2 1/2 cups
- Whole urad dhal – 1/2 cup
- Butter – 1 1/2 tbsp
- Hing/perungayam/asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
- Jeera/cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Water – as required
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – to deep fry
- Dry roast the urad dal in a kadai till it turns light golden brown. Allow it to cool.
- In a mixer grinder, add the roasted & cooled urad dal.
- Grind it into a fine powder.
- In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, urad dal flour, cumin seeds, butter, salt and hing.
- Mix it well.
- Meanwhile, boil water in a pan.
- Add the boiling water little by little to the mixture.
- Stir it well with a ladle.
- Next, bring them together or knead it lightly into a soft dough with hands.
- Now make cylindrical portion with the dough to fit in the murukku press.
- Fill the murukku press with the dough prepared.
- Grease a ladle with oil or butter and keep it ready. I used butter here.
- Now press murukku slowly on the back side of the ladle in the form of a circle. You can even press the murukku directly in oil but I find it easier to press in ladle and then drop it in oil.
- Heat oil in a kadai parallelly.
- Test by just pinching a tiny piece of batter and adding it to oil. If it rises immediately then it is the correct stage.
- Then drop the murukku from the laddle into hot oil and fry them till golden brown in medium flame.Just give a tap the murukku will fall off into oil or just slide it.
- Flip it and cook it evenly on the other side. Take it out when the color is golden brown on both the sides.
- Drain the excess oil in tissue paper.
- Cool down completely and then store in airtight container. This type pf murukku is very crispy and stays so longer.
- No need to roast the rice flour and urad dal flour for thenkuzhal variety of murukku.
- Adding hot water makes it easier to press. The dough will get dried so keep closed with a wet cloth while making in batches.
- You can also add 1 tsp of sesame seeds while mixing.
- Add oil after few batches as oil will get absorbed and will get reduced.