Saturday 31 August 2013

Ribbon Pakoda/Nada Pakoda/Ola Pakoda

Ribbon Pakoda is another delicious, crispy, crunchy and a traditional snack prepared during Diwali and Krishna Jayanthi. The name is really very interesting because these pakodas are long like a ribbon(nada in Tamil) and also in most of the houses it is also called ola/ottu pakoda because they are crispy and crunchy. There are different variations in making this ribbon pakoda, this is the easiest version that can be done easily and quickly. I am planning to share the other variations with garlic and sesame seeds in my future post hopefully before Diwali. My mom prepares murukkus, ribbon pakoda, oma podi etc during Diwali, Krishna Jayanthi and other special occasions.  I carry out the same tradition of making all these during these special days and see to that I don’t break this tradition every year. Meanwhile, do check out other interesting Diwali Sweets and Diwali Snack varieties here.

Here’s how to make Ribbon Pakoda/Nada Pakoda with step by step photos…

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

Ragi Murukku

2 cups
Besan flour/Kadalai maavu
1 cup
Red chilli powder
1 ½ tsp
One pinch
Oil [hot]/Melted ghee
2 tbsp
As needed
For deep frying

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


In a deep bowl add rice flour, besan flour, red chilli powder, salt, oil and mix well until combined really well.

Add water little by little and make a soft pliable dough. If the dough is hard then it will not come out of the murukku press.

Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying the ribbon pakodas. Grease the murukku press with oil and use the acchu as shown in the photo. Fill the press with the dough and close it tightly.

Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping very small piece of dough, if it floats on top immediately with a sizzle then the oil is ready for frying.

Press the dough directly in to the hot oil. Cook the ribbon/nada pakodas in medium flame on both sides and the ‘shh’ sound stops or until they turn golden color.

Remove it from the oil and drain it on a paper towel.

Let the ribbon pakodas cool down, then transfer it to an airtight container for later.

Similarly press and cook rest of the dough.

Super delicious, crispy and crunchy Ribbon/Nada/Oala/Ootu Pakoda is ready.

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  1. yummy and perfect. It is in my to do list from long before....will make soon...:)

    today's post:

  2. Supera irukku ribbon pakoda priya...

  3. Looks so very inviting dear, lovely ribbon pakodas..

  4. I am bookmarking this recipe, will ask mum to read it and make it for me..
    Keep in touch,

  5. very very crispy ribbon pakoda dear :) didn't know ribbon pakoda had so many names :) looks super delicious and crispy :)

  6. looks crispy,i too wish to make it

  7. Hey, those look perfect and crispy.......I too made it the other day and have stocked up :) It is weird though, but I love having it with coke :P

  8. It's one of my kid's favorite. Love ribbon pakoda, aka ottu pakoda..

  9. Its a wonderful welcome, that crispy bite with awesome spicy punch.

  10. ரிப்பன் பக்கோடா சூடாக சுவையாக கரகரப்பாக வாயில் போட்டால் கரைவது போன்ற பதத்தில் காட்டியுள்ளதும், செய்முறைகளும் அருமையோ அருமை. மனம் நிறைந்த பாராட்டுக்கள். நல்வாழ்த்துகள். ருசிமிக்க பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றியோ நன்றிகள்.

  11. They look so perfect.. I loved to munch on oil fried goodies.. :) I'm drooling

  12. Crispy ribbon pakoda ......Pass me some :)

  13. Wonderful ribbon pakoda, wud luv to have some :)

  14. Lovely ribbon pakoda,., perfectly made

  15. They look wonderful Priya ! simply superb !

  16. crispy snack , looks delicious.

  17. Thank you very much every body for your lovely lovely comments...


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