Thursday 31 October 2013

Pottukadalai Murukku/Fried Gram Murukku

Are you running out of time to make Diwali snacks? Then Pottukadalai murukku is the right answer for you. You can use the store bought rice flour and mix it with pottukadalai flour and few more ingredients and tada… your soft & crunchy murukku is ready in minutes. Pottukadalai Murukku/Fried Gram Murukku is crunchy, crispy and delicious murukku and my childhood favourite. The flavour of cumin seeds infused with the buttery taste of pottukadalai/fried gram gives a heavenly taste. Do check out other Diwalisnacks & sweets here.

Here’s how to make Pottukadalai Murukku with step by step photos…

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

Ragi Murukku

2 cups
Fried gram flour/Pottukadalai Maavu
½ cup
1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
2 tsp
As needed
As needed
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Makes: 30 to 35 murukkus
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Grind the Roasted gram/Pottukadalai in a dry mixer to a fine powder. Sieve the rice flour and pottukadalai flour and keep it aside.

In the wide bowl add the sieved rice flour, pottukadalai flour, butter, cumin seeds, salt and mix really well. The butter should spread evenly throughout the flour.

Add warm water little by little and mix the flour together really well to make a soft dough.

Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying the murukkus. Grease the murukku press with oil. Fill the murukku press with dough and close it tightly. You can use star shaped acchu or thenkuzhal acchu to make this murukku.

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.

Press the murukkus on jalli karandi or clean ziplocks and transfer it to the oil as shown in the photos. But I press the murukkus directly to the oil.

Cook the murukku on both sides until the “shh” sound stops. Remove it from oil and drain it on a paper towel. I used the star achhu for two batches, but for rest of the dough used the thenkuzhal achhu because my kids prefer it.

After the murukkus cool down, transfer them to an air tight container. These murukkus stay good for about 4 weeks.

Similarly make murukkus with rest of the dough and store them for later.

Super crispy and crunchy murukkus are ready to be enjoyed.

  • I have used the cumin seeds you can replace it with sesame seeds and make murukkus.
  • Don’t add more butter then mentioned because the murukkus will start drinking oil when frying and also will break in to pieces when pressing with the press.
  • You can as well add 1 tsp of red chilli powder for added taste.
  • You can use the star achhu or the thenkuzhal achhu, depending on which ever you prefer.
  • When making in large quantities, cove the dough with damp cloth so that it will not get dry.

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  1. பொட்டுக்கடலை முறுக்கு புதுமை, அருமை. படத்தில் பார்க்கவே ஜோராக உள்ளது. பாராட்டுக்கள். வாழ்த்துகள்.

    [என் தொடரின் பகுதி-69 + 70 க்கு, தங்களைக் காணாமல் என் கணக்குப்பிள்ளை கிளியார் தவியாய்த் தவிக்கிறார்.]

  2. Perfectly done murukku priya!

  3. Lovely murukku priya.Just curious the final pic and fried murukku pic is diff .Did u use diff achu.

    1. Yes Sathya, I have used the thenkuzhal acchu because my kids prefer it...
      Thanks a lot dear....

  4. My mom prepares this murukku.. Tempting and yummy murukku..

  5. I always buy these from South Indian restaurants shops, what do u use to make them, is it a machine Keep in touch,

  6. Well made this muruku....

  7. love this potukadalai murukku more than other murukku, yours looking super crispy and tempting...liked the murukku made using thenkuzhal achu than the star achu..nicely done :)

  8. Delicious pottukadalai murruku looks really yumm.

  9. Perfectly done priya, I love ur step by step pictorial description.....

  10. Delicious and crispy. Looking forward to eat some which my mum have made for Diwali.

  11. Delirious, yummy, crispy and a perfect snack for Diwali.

  12. Very nice.ippadi palakaaramaa pottu thakkureengale pa.send me some..

  13. love these crunchy murukkus, perfect for teatime...

  14. Nice tempting murukku. Love it

  15. Murukku looks wonderful, oh my, priya you are really an expert for Diwali-time snacks :) Happy Diwali :)

  16. perfectly made...this is one incredible recipe when we run out of usual ingredients

  17. yummy and crispy murukku... awesome...

  18. that's a real quick and super yummy murukku !

  19. easy and crispy murukku...perfectly made...

  20. delicious and crispy murukku.

  21. hmmm...can feel d smell upto crispy..

  22. Fantastic Recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    I prepared this murukku with some green chilly extract. It was nice!

    1. Hi Geetha,
      Thanks alot for stopping by and commenting. Happy that you liked it. I will also try itout green chilli paste the next time. Thanks for letting me know. Pls keep coming back to Priyas Virundhu for more delicious recipes.


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