Jul 15, 2010

Kara Sev for Indian Cooking Challenge

This recipe chosen this month for the Indian Cooking Challenge was Karasev. I have always been found of Sattur Karasev. We never forget to buy parcels of the famous karasev whenever we pass the town of Sattur. I never happened to try making karasev at home. We have always bought the Haldirams variety when we crave for it. When I tried Valli's recipe, I found that it is really easy to make Karasev at home. I used the murukku press to make this.

Gram flour / Besan - 2 ½ cups
Rice flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Baking Soda - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil - to deep fry

Grind to a fine paste along with water:

Red chillies - 6
Pepper - 1 teaspoon
Garlic - 7, 8 flakes (optional)

Sieve the gram flour and the rice flour together.

In a small bowl, mix the ghee, salt and the baking soda together. Add this to the flour and combine well.

Strain the ground chilli paste and the paste to the flour mixture and mix well using hands to form a soft yet stiff dough. The dough should be stiff otherwise it will absorb oil while frying.

Take a little amount of this dough in a murukku press.

In a heavy bottomed pan, take oil for about 2 inches high. Heat the oil, once it turns piping hot, slowly squeeze out the karasev using the murukku press in batches.

Deep fry for about 2 to 3 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Carefully remove the karasev using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Store in an airtight container once cooled. it stays fresh for about 2 weeks.

Also sending this to EFM: Sweets and Savories.


  1. crispy and perfect.. and nice evening snack

  2. They came out so perfect Divya ..looks crunchy and yummy..my all time fav :-)

  3. Divya, they have come out beautifully and crispy looking :)

  4. luks perfect..very crispy and nice golden color.

  5. divya they are looking very crisp and yummy

  6. Love to munch into sev anytime..looks yummy

  7. divya, the sev look really crunchy and crispy

  8. delicious ..looks perfect..we love this

  9. yummy sev ... nice tea time snack

  10. Looks great Divya..thanks for joining!

  11. This looks great. If it weren't for the equipment, I'd try it too :P

  12. Golden crispy Karasev looks yumm.... Have a good weekend.

  13. yummy .. we call them janthikalu,very tasty and safe..

  14. Looks so crispy..I missed this months challenge!!

  15. Perfect evening snack with some hot tea. looks soo delicious.


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