As I have already mentioned in my family we love everything when it is home made from scratch. The only reason I want to make my family eat as much as home cooked food is due to the simple ingredients used. You could see a long list of ingredients in the back of any store brought snack and I lose interest in buying them.
It’s always better to try and make snacks at home, because this way you know what you are eating. Karasev is one such easy snack recipe which you can make in no time. You can make it as an appetizer for a party or as a tea time snack for the guests/family.
Karasev are traditionally made using a special Grater called Karasev Kattai. But since I don’t own one, I used the regular murukku press with the “Three Hole” plate as shown in the picture.
1 cup Rice flour
(I used store brought)
1 cup of Gram flour /Besan
2 Teaspoon Clarified butter/Ghee
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
(substitute with pepper powder)
Oil for frying
Mix the rice flour, gram flour, salt, pepper and ghee together in a bowl. Add about 3/4th to 1 cup of water little by little and make this into stiff dough. Now take the Murukku press and grease it with a little oil. This helps in the easy cleaning of the press.
Now take oil in a wide mouthed pan and heat them on medium flame. Check the temperature of the oil by dropping a small piece of the dough. If they rise to the surface immediately then the oil is hot enough for frying. Now press the dough directly into the oil. Fry them until they turn golden and also stir them in between for uniform browning. Once they are cooked remove them from the oil and drain them.
Cool them for some time before storing them in an air-tight container. Crunchy karasev is now ready and you could enjoy them for as long as two weeks and they stay fresh in an air tight container.
You could make them as a big batch during festival times and share it with your friends and family .
Okay !!!! now it’s the time for me to have a cup of hot tea and a bowl of Karasev J
-- Sang V