Thursday 25 July 2013

Oma Podi/Plain Sev –Easy Diwali Snack

Oma podi/plain sev is always a must during Diwali in our house, the only reason being it is very easy. Oma podi has the unique flavour of omam(carom seeds) perfectly blended with besan flour and ghee to make a crispy snack. Not only for Diwali I make it quite often during school holidays, for tea time snacks and also for chaats. Oma Podi is very very addictive, once you start eating them you will not be able to stop yourself. Meanwhile, do check out other interesting Diwali Sweets and Diwali Snack varieties here.

Here’s how to make Oma Podi/Plain Sev with step by step photos…

Other interesting Diwali Snacks that might be of your interest...

Ragi Murukku

Besan Flour
2 cups
½ cup
Butter [melted]/Oil
2 tbsp
Ajwain/Omam/carom seeds
2 tsp
As needed
For frying

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Dry roast the omam/ajwain in pan for 2 min, then soak in hot water(2 tbsp) for about 10 min.

Grind the omam/ajwain in the mixer along with the soaked water. It will be slightly coarse, which is totally fine. Filter the ground omam with tea strainer and reserve the omam water.

In a bowl add the besan flour, rice flour, salt and mix it well. Melt the ghee and keep it aside, if you are using oil heat it before adding it to the flour. 

Now add the ghee/oil to the flour and mix really well, so that the ghee is spread evenly throughout the flour and will be crumbly.

Add the filtered omam water and start kneeding. Add required amount of water to make soft dough. The dough will be little sticky but it is totally alright.

Heat oil in a kadai. Now get the oma podi press ready, use the one with small holes as shown in the photo. Fill  ¾ of the press with the dough.

Check if the oil is ready by dropping a small pinch of dough, if the dough pops up immediately then the oil is at right temperature.

Now reduce the flame and start pressing the dough over the hot oil in cirucular motion.

You will see a lot of bubbles and within few minutes it will subside, turn it over to the other side fry for few seconds. Remove it and place it on a paper towel. Repeat the same process for rest of the dough.

Let it cool for few minutes then store it in an airtight container.

  • The dough usually dries very fast, so do not keep it for very long time. Make the oma podi/sev immediately.
  • But if you are making large quantities place a damp cloth over the dough to prevent it from drying. If it is still dry, sprinkle little water knead the dough and then proceed.
  • Cook the oma podi/sev in medium heat to prevent it from burning and make sure you are pressing the dough in medium or low flame.

Delicious easy and crispy oma podi/plain sev is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. ஓமப்பொடி படத்தில் பார்க்கவே மிகவும் ஜோராக உள்ளது. அப்படியே எடுத்துக் கரகரன்னு சாப்பிட மாட்டோமா என ஏங்க வைக்குது. ;(

    ஒருமுறை ஓவர் வெயிட் ஆக இருந்த நான் அது சம்பந்தமாக டாக்டரிடம் சென்றபோது, எண்ணெயில் பொறித்த எந்தத்தீனியும் சாப்பிடக்கூடாது என்றார்.

    ஓமப்பொடி கூடவா ? என நான் டாக்டரிடம் கேட்டேன்.

    எனக்கென்னவோ ஓம்ப்பொடி சாப்பிட்டால் அதுபோலவே ஒல்லியாக ஆகிவிடுவோமோ எனத் தோன்றுவ்து உண்டு.

    இந்த சம்பவத்தை வைத்தே ஒரு நகைச்சுவைச்சிறுகதை எழுதியுள்ளேன். முடிந்தால் படித்துப்பாருங்கோ.

    1. Thank you very much sir, very very funny incident, I read it to aloud and we all laughed together...

  2. Yummy oma podi.. Clearly explained with step wise pictures..

  3. My MIL makes these oma podi very often.You makes me to remember her .Nice recipe.

  4. Love this snack, very delicious.

  5. love omapodi..they are my fav snack from my childhood..your's looks so delicious and crunchy..

  6. I leave such recipes to my mum. Nevertheless with the step by step instructions, its time I start making this crispy crunchy snack.

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  8. This is such a yummy snack to munch on.. Not only during Diwali any time during the year for me dear!

  9. Love this sev. Looks like you are already in the mood of festival.

    1. No yaar, its just that the kids holidays have started and I surely have to make something now...

  10. whenever we munch on this childhood favorite, it's diwali for us... a must for making any gray occasion crisp, have a phokcha treat from our blog :-)

  11. favorite snack even my daughter...

  12. super Clearly explained with step by step pictures.super

  13. Love this snacks,looks very tempting!!

  14. Omapodi looks fabulous.. It s my favorite snack..

  15. wow...they are so well made priya...

  16. Thank you all very much for the wonderful and crunchy comments...

  17. Havent tried this before but i am sure it must have been a treat :) Thanks for this entry :)

  18. Very well made Priya.. Love the step wise & crisp pics :)

  19. good one for munching. Thanks for linking..

  20. Yummy.. looks delicious..Thanks for linking with us..


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