Friday, October 28, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM 2 comments
Well.....this snack, which is the most favorite of many, has various names....other than the 2 mentioned above, this is also called "Nada thenkuzhal" and "Olai pakoda".
In my Salem home, it is always called "Oattu pakoda", and after my marriage, when I mentioned this name, my inlaws brought down the roof with their laughter.....they hadn't heard this name, and I hadn't heard "Ribbon pakoda" which name, they idnetify this snack.....
Well...years have rolled by...Salem girl has become a total Tanjore woman now............since I got married at a very young, easily mouldable age,  change from one custom and habits to another , wasn't difficult at all..........
I don't even think of the name Oattu pakoda...and always call it Ribbon, as a short name....
But just felt like mentioning it here......

Store bought rice flour / idiyappam flour - 3 cups
Besan / gram flour - 1 1/2 cups
Ghee - 2 tsps, melted or unmelted
Chilli powder - 4 1/2 tsps
Hing / asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
Black or white sesame seeds - 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Cooking oil to fry

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Snacks
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time: 1 hour

Yields roughly 1 kg to  1 1/2 kgs

Both the flours, with chilli powder, salt, hing powder, sesame seeds put in a bowl

This is the murukku press with which I made. My old one suddenly broke, had to buy a new one

 All the above shown ingredients kneaded to a soft pliable dough

Oil heated in a pan, and ribbon pakoda squeezed out. Flames always should be on the highest, otherwise, the pakoda will not turn out crisp, and will sag

flipped over

Drained on a kitchen towel in a colander

 After these come to room temperature, store in airtight containers.

An ideal tea-time snack!!!

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* You can add butter also instead of ghee. But as I always feel, if you add butter, it takes in more oil. With ghee, oil drunk is less, and there is no oily feeling when you eat this.
* We all like this ribbon pakoda to be spicy. If you want to reduce the spiciness, you can reduce some chilli powder to taste.


  1. "The traditional"diwali delight!never gets bored. Yummy and crunchy!nice!

  2. "The traditional"diwali delight!never gets bored. Yummy and crunchy!nice!