If you’ve noticed, I wasn't posting here regularly. Nothing intentional or planned, it just happened like that. I don't have any excuse for it other than maybe I was in a slump ;)
Anyways, I’ve been posting Diwali recipes for some years and I didn't want to break the tradition this year. So, here is a new post finally!
However there is a small change in the Diwali post this year. I usually post sweets recipes, but I’m going with savory this time. I’ve been wanting to make mixture at home for so long and finally got around to it.
I was always under the impression that making mixture at home is a herculean task. Trust me, it’s not. It’s way easier than you expect it to be and it tastes really good too. Also, the ingredients are readily available too. It’s a perfect fit in a homemade goodie bag, if you are planning to make one ;)
I’m sure I’ll be making this again and again, since we both love to snack on mixture, especially the kind that you get in Kerala bakeries. I hope I’ve convinced you to try this recipe..
Btw, if you want to make sweets for Diwali, here you go homemade diwali sweets
Wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Diwali! Stay Blessed!
Here is the recipe…
- 2 cups Besan / Gram flour / Kadalamavu separated
- 2 tsp Oil I used sunflower oil
- 1/2 cup Cashew nuts
- 1/4 cup Peanuts refer notes
- 2 tbsp Roasted gram dal / Pottukadala optional
- 2 - 3 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Asafoetida / Kayam
- 2 stalks Curry leaves
- 1 - 2 tsp Salt
- Oil for deep frying I used sunflower oil
In a medium size bowl, combine together 1 cup besan, 1/2 tsp salt and add water gradually to make a smooth batter. I used around 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp water. The batter should be of pouring consistency. It should be medium thick, not too thin or too thick.
In another medium size bowl, combine together 1 cup besan, 1/4 cup water, 2 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Make a smooth dough. The dough may be a bit sticky initially but after kneading for a while, it becomes soft.
To make sev (noodle shapes): Heat oil in a deep and wide pan. Once the oil has the reached the desired temp (refer notes), press the dough through Idiayappam / seva mould into the hot oil in circular motion. Fry each side for 30 - 45 seconds (depending on the temp of oil) till it reaches a golden color. Keep in mind that the sev gets cooked very fast, so keep a close watch while frying the sev. Transfer it to paper towels and let it cool.
To make boondhi: In the same pan, pour the batter through a perforated spoon / ladle into hot oil. Fry for 45 seconds or so till the boondi becomes golden color. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan while frying. Transfer to paper towels and let it cool.
In the same pan, fry the cashew nuts, peanuts, roasted gram dal and curry leaves separately. Transfer to paper towel.
Take a large size bowl and add the sev. Break it into small pieces using your fingers. Add boondhi and other fired items. Add kashmiri chilli powder, asafoetida and salt (if required). Mix well. You can also add small pieces of banana chips at this stage. Once it's cooled completely, store in an airtight container.
Though I didn't sift besan, I think it's a good idea to sift it and use it.
For making the sev, I used the same disc which I use for Idiyappam. For Boondhi, the batter should flow through the pores of the ladle but make sure it's not too watery or too thick.
I used plain peanuts here, but you can also use roasted peanuts, in that case, no need to fry it.
The temp of oil is very important to ensure even frying. Make sure the oil is hot enough but not smoking. Heat the oil on med - high and once it has reached the correct temp, reduce it to medium and continue frying.