Ribbon Pakoda ~ Treats for Indian Festivals!

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As a child I always remember looking forward to this time of the year. The many festivals that are celebrated during these months are so many. As such there there is no dearth for festivals in Hindu custom and every festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm. Starting with Navaratri to Deepavali, the celebrations just go on. Deepavali or Diwali, might top the list. The reason or rhyme behind the festival is no longer relevant. Now what it all means that is we get rid of bad things and welcome new thoughts and so on.

For a child, I am sure food plays a vital role in colouring their mind about each festival and mine was no different. Amma made different dishes specific for each festival. But for deepavali, these are must on the list. When I attempted to make something else, I also managed to make these delicious Ribbon pakoda, one of my favorite snacks.

Until I did, I always assumed its quite tough. As all traditional savories of Indian cuisine. While I have always helped with making the dishes, this one I have never even helped. Somehow back home from school, Amma would have it all ready for us. So I have only remembered eating these endlessly. But after making them for the first time, I really wonder why I haven't attempted till now.

Though this dish works out best as the easiest dish to take care of the remaining ingredients. Its lovely to do it on its own too. And best of all it got over within hours of making it. Kids absolutely loved it and it was really so crunchy and delicious. I relived my childhood days enjoying a bite that I could manage for myself.

This year I am planning to recreate some of those treats I enjoyed as a kid and will try to record all during these few months.

Ribbon Pakoda

Making the Rice flour at home was first thing that helped me in making this delicious snacks. please refer this basic recipe to know how I made the Rice flour at home.

Ribbon Pakoda ~ Festival Snacks and Savories for Deepavali

Special Utensils needed: Muruku press with Ribbon Pakoda plate


Ingredients Needed:

Raw Rice flour - 2 cups
Besan / Gram Flour / Roasted Channa Dal - 1/2 cup
Fried Gram Flour - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Butter - 1 tbsp

Method to prepare:

  • In a wide bowl, take the rice flour, besan, fried gram flour (Pottukadai, Pappulu), salt and butter.
  • Mix all the dry flour well and slowly add the water just enough to get a pliable dough. It should not be very loose though.
  • Heat a kadai with hot. Once its hot, simmer to medium flame.
  • Divide the dough into balls, fill the muruku achu and press over the hot oil. Since the dough is smooth, it will easily slide into the oil. Cook over medium flame to ensure equal cooking on all sides.
  • When its cooked and it turns golden colour, remove and allow to cool a bit.
  • Store in a container

Do make these and enjoy. This goes for my Kid's Delight event!



12 comments :

Varunavi September 17, 2009 at 11:46 PM  

Nice pakoda,this is my kids fav :)

Vidhya September 18, 2009 at 7:20 AM  

wow... those look super crunchy...

Priya September 18, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

My all time favourite!

Chitra September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Looks superb , never tried in my own..Will try with ur recipe :)

rekhas kitchen September 19, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

ribbon pakoda looks crisp and yum. valli.

jayasree September 19, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

Gorgeous color.. Adding pottukadalai podi is new to me. My measurements are same as yours except this podi.

Happy cook September 21, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

Reminds me of my teenage years when mom used to make this and we girls used to sit in the front stpes of the house and crunch them.

s September 22, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

my mom makes these..oh they look so crispy. perfect with evening tea...when my mom used to make them they used to finish as and when they were being fried..we are a famly of gluttons!!

Saraswathi Iyer September 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM  

Hi Sri, looks delicious. why dont you send this to my sweets n savouries event going on in my blog..

Raje September 24, 2009 at 12:47 AM  

Nice and crisp snack. Who will not love these!

Divya Vikram September 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM  

One of my fav snacks with tea. Looks crunchy and crispy.

Rohini October 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

Looks so inviting.. My first time here.. Wonderful blog and inviting recipes! Following you!
Pld do drop by mine when you have sometime!
Planning to send some recipe to your kid's delight event too :)

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