Have ready all ingredients needed to make murukku.
First chop finely some
Curry Leaves (2 sprigs)
and set aside.
Then, lightly fry to dry roast the pre-mix
Murukku Flour Mix (4 cups)
in a warm wok/ frying pan over low heat till light for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Take care not to brown it. Otherwise the murukku will have too dark a colour and taste burnt.
Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Then place the roasted murukku mix,
Sweet Glutinous Rice Flour (1 2/3 cups)
Rice Flour (2/3 cup)
Ajwain Seeds (1 Tbsp)
Cumin Seeds (1 Tbsp)
White Sesame Seeds (1/2 cup)
in a large mixing bowl. Stir to mix everything together.
Water (2 1/2 cups)
Coconut Milk (3.5 oz)
Butter (1 Tbsp)
Salt (1 Tbsp)
in a saucepan. Heat up till the butter is JUST melted. Do not bring to a boil.
Pour the coconut milk mixture into the flour mixture, little by little and mix with a spatula.
Once the dough is combined well, use your hands to knead and form into a smooth, non-sticky and soft dough.
This mixing process can also be done in a stand mixer using a dough hook.
Then fill the murukku press with a portion of the dough and press the dough through the press from the top. You can use any mould for this purpose and you can do this two ways.
You can either slowly press it down directly on top of the
Cooking Oil (1 1/2 cups)
Or make the murukku first and then carefully drop them into the oil using a stainless steel spatula.
To deep fry the murukku, first heat up enough oil in a wok or frying pan. Add a pinch of dough and if it raises immediately with a sizzling sound, then the oil is ready.
Then, fry some fresh
Curry Leaves (1 bunch)
in the oil. Drain out the fried curry leaves once the flavour has been released into the oil, about 3 minutes.
Then carefully drop the shaped murukku and slowly fry on medium high heat. There will be lots of bubbles. Do not overcrowd the wok/pan. Otherwise it will lower the oil temperature.
When the murukku turns crispy golden brown colour on one side and also when bubbles ceases, flip to the other side and cook till done when the bubbles just about disappear.
Remove the fried murukku with a strainer and drain them on some paper towels. Repeat the same for the rest of the murukku dough.
These crispy delights keep well for a long time. Only serve or store them in dry air tight container after they have cooled completely. Enjoy.