Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crispy, crunchy 'Theinkuzhal' - Murukku variety

This is an all time favourite in my family.  It is very easy, takes less time to prepare and does not need any elaborate procedures or precautions.Can be done even by beginners.

Rice flour -4 cups
Urad dal flour - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Peppercorns (crushed) - 1/2 tsp

Dry roast urad dal till it turns light brown in colour. Grind in the mixer and sieve it.  Keep it aside. Also, sieve the rice flour (I normally buy from a local flour mill, they supply very good rice flour).  In a wide bowl, mix 4 portions of rice flour with 1 portion of urad dal flour.  Add Asafoetida, Jeera, crushed Peppercorns,  butter and salt to the flour  and mix it dry.  Then pour water and make it into a thick dough (like chapathi dough).  This dough should be kept moist, so covering it with a moist cloth is ideal.  Keep oil in a pan and to check if the oil is hot enough, put a small portion of the dough. When this small portion immediately rise to the top, then the oil is ready.  In a Thenkuzhal mould, press the batter into the hot oil .  The Thenkuzhal comes to the surface once it is done and then turn it over for the other side to be done.  Your 'Thenkuzhal' is ready.


1. Sieving the flour and mixing it well before adding water is essential.
2. The hot 'Thenkuzhal' straight from the oil to be kept in a paper towel for the oil to be absorbed and then to be  transferred to the storage container.
3. Do not close the storage container immediately.

Enjoy this crispy, crunchy 'Theinkuzhal'


  1. Ultimate comfort snack for any day!! They look perfet dear; I am now missng my murkku press!! :(

  2. It looks like crunchy munchy!
    I think will have to give it a try!

  3. I dont have a muruku press too :(... They are soo crispy.. pass me the snack platter.

  4. joi, send me some through email :)


  5. Murukku looks perfect,never tried at crispy and yummm

  6. Wow That looks so perfect..wish I could grab some from the screen :-)

  7. Wow! I love this muruku .Looks great.

  8. My dad's all time favorite... he loves it a lot... A must to be prepared for Diwali, just for him...

    Happy Celebrations to u & ur family!!!!!!!


  9. The thenkozhal has turned out perfectly, looks very tempting :-)

  10. wow these are my favorites!..thanks for dropping by and leading me here..nice space too..will take sometime looking around!

  11. Thenkuzhal romba nalla vanthirukku!!
    will try ur version, when i gather courage to prepare thenkuzhal:)

  12. thank you for visiting my blog......yummy snack...nice blog


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