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October 8, 2014


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Ribbon pakoda

Ribbon pakoda is one of the most famous Savouries in Tamil nadu. People call it by different names as Ola pakoda / Oatu pakoda / Ribbon tape / Ribbon flowers / Naada aachu/ Seeval etc. Most of the tamil people make this during Diwali without fail.

Every year my MIL prepare this easy snack recipe along with thenkuzhal & spicy maida biscuit. But I tried this ribbon pakoda recipe on my own for the first time yesterday asking the recipe from my MIL. I also referred Banumathi mam’s (Food Fun Friends group in facebook) recipe, made few changes and came up with this crunchy, white ribbon tape aka ribbon pakoda. 

This recipe needs very less butter but it gives crunchy pakoda. As Sendhil is fond of pepper flavor, I used pepper powder instead of red chilli powder. So mine came out white in color. If  you want red colored ones like you get in shops, just replace pepper powder with Kashmiri red chilli powder. I was very happy and completely satisfied in my first attempt itself.  We munched it with tea as evening snack. Tasted great ! 

Do try this yummy, easy snack for Diwali. Not just for diwali, you can make this as an evening snack for your kids when they are back from school. I am sure it will come out very well & everybody will love it. Do refer “Notes” section for beginner’s tips.


Ribbon pakoda recipe

Ribbon pakoda recipe Ribbon pakoda/Ola pakoda recipe for Diwali - Easy,yummy pepper flavored evening snack !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snack
Serves: -
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Rice flour - 1 cup ( I used idiyappam flour)
  • Besan flour/Kadalai maavu - 1/2 cup
  • Melted butter or soft butter - 1 tbsp (at room temperature)
  • Asafetida/Hing - 1/2 tsp 
  • Pepper powder or red chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry
  • In a wide bowl,take the rice flour, besan, hing, pepper powder, salt & butter at room temperature. Mix well. Butter should be mixed well with the flour. You can use Kashmiri red chilli powder instead of pepper powder but color of ribbon pakoda comes out golden brown.
  • Add water little by little and make a smooth, non-sticky dough. Make sure dough is not too tight/dry or too wet. Take the ribbon pakoda mould(achu) and keep a ball of dough in the press.
  • Heat oil to deep fry. When the oil becomes hot, drop a pinch of dough. If it rises immediately, temperature is just right. Simmer the flame & press the mould over hot oil in a circular manner. Let it cook in one side till bubbles cease. Flip it and again cook till “ssh“ sound stops. Remove and drain in a tissue.( adjust the flame whenever needed). 
After its cooled down, break into pieces, store in an air tight box and Enjoy ! This snack takes one day to infuse all the flavour and tastes, smells best the next day !

  • You can replace pepper powder with a tsp of red chilli powder & hing with smoothly ground 1.5 tsp of garlic paste.
  • While making dough, do not add more water and make too sticky dough. Ribbon pakoda will break into pieces in oil & you will get serrated edges.
  • If you make very tight dough, it will be very difficult to press. So make it perfect.
  • Do not reduce the quantity of rice flour. U won’t get crispy pakoda.
  • U can replace butter by ghee or hot oil. But butter gives the best result.
  • If you don’t deep fry all the batches properly, it will make the entire snack soggy the next day. So deep fry them by adjusting the flame correctly.
  • It tastes best the next day with all its flavor and crispness. 

Enjoy munching this yummy snack with coffee/Tea !
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Rafeeda AR said...

Love these for crunching... yum...

Unknown said...

Crispy snack

Kurinji said...

yummy pakoda...

Anonymous said...

wow another very nice recipe from Chitra :) very innovative u are dear

Unknown said...

that looks super crisp...

Priya said...

wow pepper ribbon pakoda looks crunchy

Priya Suresh said...

My all time favourite, will try next time with pepper.

nandoos kitchen said...

My mom also prepares this. Looks crunchy. Will try adding pepper next Time

nandoos kitchen said...

My mom prepares this very often. Your 's look very crunchy

Anonymous said...

Hello Chitra, recently got these from grand sweets and I was so tempted to make them. But never knew how to make...Found your recipe and looks quite easy, will definitely give it a try :) Have seen a lot of your recipe via Facebook, this is the first time I am here and absolutely love your page...

Chitra said...

Thank u so much malar for taking time to leave ur sweet words. Iam so glad to see this.Try this recipe n let me know your feedback too :)