One more Murukku...yeah..I know! Tell me about it - I went on a murukku making spree but not complaining though!! Hey - its Diwali, right!! I have to compensate for missing all the actual Diwali dhamaka fun happening in India! Oh..I'm becoming so nostalgic now!
This, I call a White Murukku - just because I can't think of anything better to call it. There are no special ingredients - just the regular duo - Rice flour and Urad flour.
But the trick is in the urad flour. The urad has to be roasted white and then ground to a fine powder.
Dry roast the urad daal in low heat and keep stirring. After a couple of mins, you'll start smelling the roast flavor but the urad should not have changed color or darkened. It should be the same color you put it in. And the only way to get that is low heat and constant stirring.
Once the urad is heated well and has not changed color, switch it off and grind to a fine powder.
To about 5 cups of rice flour, add 1 cup of urad flour prepared above. You could also sieve both together so that there are no lumps. Add salt to taste.
Add about 1-2 tbsp of hot oil that you'll be frying this in. This helps to get a crisp texture.
Also add about 1-2 tbsp of ghee or butter to the flour. Also helps to give a crisp texture.
Add water a little at a time and knead into a dough.
Then, use a murukku maker with the 3 hole disc and make random shaped murukku on a greased ziploc or a plastic sheet.
Gently lift off the sheet and drop slowly in hot oil. Make sure the oil is in medium heat and not too hot. That is also key to getting a white texture but making sure the murukku is completely cooked.
Take them out when you see most of the bubbles gone like this.
Drain off excess oil on a paper towel. When cooled down, store in an air tight container.
See how white that is! This was supposedly Snow White's favorite murukku and she ate it all the time when she was in the forest! Really...I'm not making it up!
So much chaos. Yet so much clarity. Happy Diwali!
Enjoy. Peace out!