July 15, 2010

Kara Sev for Indian Cooking Challenge

Srivalli challenged us this month to prepare kara sev, as part of the monthly Indian Cooking Challenge event. I missed the previous three challenges in a row. So this time, I prepared as soon as it was announced instead of  usual practise of making it nearing the post date. Kara sev was in my to-do list for a long time. I very much wanted to try it making with the ladle. I understand that there is a special ladle for that. I tried making with the perforated ladle. The holes are big enough in that. I found it very hard to press down the dough. It was falling perfect, about one inch in length. But it was time consuming. I guess it requires lot of practise. So eventually I went back to the murukku press and it was easy to press.

You need

  • Gram Flour (Besan)- 2 1/2 cups
  • Rice flour - 1 cup
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper coarsely powdered - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking soda  - a pinch
  • Salt to taste.
  • Oil to deep fry.




1.Mix gram flour and rice flour well. Make a well in the centre.

2.Add chilli powder,pepper powder, salt,ghee and cooking soda.

3.Mix thoroughly with hands so that the flour mix resembles bread crumbs.  Divide the dough into 4 portions.

4.Take one portion of this mixture, sprinkle water, knead like Puri dough.

5.Heat oil in a kadai, Press dough using the sev maker. Drain when the sizzling sound round the sev subsides.

6. When it is cool, break them into one inch long strings and store in airtight container.




  1. oh wow,

    I love kara sev...and i love to have it with thayir sadam...YUM!!!


  2. Woww prefect kara sev, looks exactly the same we get from the shop.

  3. looks delicious..perfect for tea time..

  4. Looks very delicious- I am sure crunchy too!

  5. Interesting that the ladle made for it would take more time than other options. I'm very glad, now, that I used my potato ricer instead of special-ordering the ladle!

  6. kara sev luks perfect and delicious...

  7. 心中醒,口中說,紙上作,不從身上習過,皆無用也。.......................................................

  8. I used the muruku press too... I don't have a sev ladle.. so just went ahead and used the press...

  9. Looks great jayasree, glad that you could do the challenge..:)

  10. We call this Motta Sev. Probably because they are big and fat. Looks awesome. I ea this with sambhar rice.
    Bought the Tapioca over the weekend. My MIL came over from India yesterday and I am going to make it this for weekend snacking. Will let you know how it turned out.

  11. 這麼用心的經營你的文章, 當然值得我們留連拜訪的!..................................................


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