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November 3, 2018

Pottukadalai Murukku Recipe – Easy Murukku With Roasted Gram Flour

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 Pottukadalai murukku / roasted gram flour murukku recipe is a simple, easy and instant murukku recipe that is usually prepared for Diwali and Krishna jayanthi /Gokulashtami. It comes out super crispy, crunchy with soft and melt in mouth texture. It can be prepared easily and quickly with store bought rice flour / Idiyappam flour (arisi maavu), roasted gram flour (pottukadalai maavu) and butter/ hot oil. As murukku with roasted gram flour is less flavorful when compared with urad dal ones, we can add ajwain/ Omam, red chilli powder, hing for enhanced flavors and taste. I learnt this simple murukku recipe from my neighbor Divya.  

Recently I shared a picture of this murukku along with sweet boondi and mysore pak in my Instagram page too. We all loved it especially the smell of ajwain in this murukku. Usually I add cumin seeds /jeeragam or sesame seeds / ellu. I never knew ajwain can be added too. So when my neighbor shared her mom’s recipe, I tried it instantly. It was so good, soft and melted in mouth.  Raksha liked this murukku more than my Chettinad thenkuzhal as it was prepared without butter and slightly hard to bite. For variations you can skip red chilli powder to make white colored murukku. Remember pottukadalai murukku absorbs some oil when compared with urad dal murukku. Ok, lets see how to make super easy and quick pottukadalai murukku recipe with step by step pictures.

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Pottukadalai murukku recipe - Roasted gram dal murukku

Pottukadalai murukku recipe - Roasted gram dal murukku

Simple and easy pottukadalai murukku recipe with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 12 nos.
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Store bought rice flour / arisi maavu - 1.25 cups (1 1/4 cup)
  • Roasted gram flour / Pottukadalai maavu - 1/4 cup
  • Melted butter or hot oil - 1 tbsp (levelled)
  • Ajwain / Omam - 1/2 tsp
  • Black sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry murukku
  1. Grind 1/4 cup pottukadalai and measure 1/4 cup powder from it.
  2. In a bowl, sieve rice flour, roasted gram flour.
  3. Add salt, red chilli powder, ajwain, sesame seeds and melted butter.
  4. Mix well to spread butter in the flour. Add required water and make a slightly sticky dough.
  5. Fill murukku press with dough and squeeze in hot oil. Deep fry both sides till bubbles cease.
  6. Remove and drain in a paper towel. Store in a box after cooling down.
  7. Stays good for 10 days.
  • Take 2 tbsp pottukadalai / roasted gram flour and grind to fine powder. You will get around 1/3 cup of powder after grinding. So measure 1/4 cup of powder from it and set aside.

  • In a wide plate bowl, sieve store bought rice flour, 1/4 cup pottukadalai powder. Add salt, red chilli powder, sesame seeds, crushed ajwain and melted butter. Mix well to spread the butter in the flour.

  • Sprinkle required water and make a smooth, slightly sticky dough. If the dough is dry, murukku gets cut while pressing. So make the dough slightly sticky so that making shapes would be easy.

  • Fill the murukku mould with the dough. Cover the remaining dough with a wet cloth to avoid drying. Take 3 holed or single holed mould. I used murukku mould with 5 holes.

  • Heat oil to deep fry. Check the oil temperature by dropping a pinch of dough. If it rises to the top immediately, heat of the oil is perfect. Now squeeze the murukku in circular motion in the oil directly OR press murukku in a greased ladle or butter paper ( I used oil wrapper). Drop in the hot oil. Do not disturb for a minute. Cook in medium flame.

  • Flip and cook both the sides till bubbles cease. No problem if there are one or two bubbles. Remove and drain in a tissue paper. Store the murukku after it cools down. Keep in an air tight box and enjoy. It stays good for 10 days. 

  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can use 1 tbsp of hot oil instead of butter.
  • Do not increase the quantity of butter. Murukku may disperse in oil.
  • If dough breaks while pressing murukku, add little water to the dough and make it slightly sticky. It will help.
Try this easy, yummy, crunchy pottukadalai murukku for Diwali and enjoy !

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