Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oattu Pakoda or Ribbon Pakodas

The oattu pakodas/ ribbon pakodas are an anytime snack, in the sense they are very easy to cook up anytime. though it is better to soak, drain, pound,seive and use the rice flour, it is not a must. They turn out very well with store bought flour also. All cook books I have give the combination differently. This is a recipe my periamma used and had given all of us.
3 cups fine rice flour
1 cup gram flour/ split Bengal gram flour/chick pea flour
2 table spoons butter at room temperature.
4 teaspoons red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Asafoetida powder just a little
In a big bowl, mix all of the flours and powders well. Rub the butter in the flour mix well to spread and blend well. Add water gradually to mix a smooth dough.
Divide this into smaller portions.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Fit the murukku press with the plate that has two rectangular slits.

When oil has reached optimum heat, take one portion of the divided dough and press out the ribbons in the oil. Press just one or two in the oil, giving enough space to float and fry.
Once the sizzling of the oil has subsided remove the ribbon pakodas with a slotted ladle placing gently over absorbent tissue. Allow to cool and store in airtight containers.
The above quantity can be mixed and pressed in one shot. It is however advisable that you mix the flours and rub in the butter, divide this into portons before adding water, if you are making large quantities. Mixing the water to the flour mix and allowing it to rest may result in discolouring. The oxidation and fermentation brings the darker shade in the murukkus. This is applicable to all murukkus.

I would love to send these to Shanthi Krishnakumar's Dussehra - Diwali event

and to Sara's Corner's Sweets and Savouries event.


  1. nice!!! i bet these disappeared right after u managed to get a good photo ;)

  2. Great snack Lata, I can finish it right now:-)

  3. Dear lata pls come and collect your 3 awards from Awards page

  4. This has to amongst my favourite traditional snacks. I never to wonder how to get this finished as there are never any left overs. :)

  5. Nice entry for the event!! I have not yet tried of my own though my mom makes it often :)

  6. Feel like eating it rite now.Must try once 4 my husband :)

  7. My God! Latha ur posts are on the marathon :) each one is superb!there are so many varities of murukus ... the recipe seems a good one :)

  8. Thats a prefect of my fav after murukku is this ribbon pakoda..

  9. I would like to eat that whole plate now. :-)
    My mother also used to make it quite often when we were of the easiest and tastiest snack.

  10. One of my favorite tea time snack, looks delicious.

  11. Oh! I missed making them this time with so many others for janmaashtami, now seeing yours i feel I should have done it, they look very yummy


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