Sagu Biyyam Muruku / Sago Muruku for Indian Cooking Challenge ~ Step by Step Recipe

>>  Thursday, April 15, 2010

When you know to make muruku, you feel you can make anything. Still this muruku with Sago is really a challenge. I remember this being made many times by Amma, though I have never attempted it myself. It gives such a wonderful change to the regular murukus. I am sure you are going to enjoy this.

All those wonderful days during summer spent eating this comes to mind. And I hope to recreate those again.

I tried the sago muruku over the weekend. I made this along with my Mom, who was making this after a long time herself.

This is the Achu that we used.

All ingredients assembled together.

Soaked Sago in buttermilk.

Fried Gram Dal or Pappulu

Powdered flours, Fried gram dal is powdered and sieved to removed to get fine powder. The other yellow flour is besan.

Each ingredient measured.
Hot oil is poured over the flour, you will get bubbles when you pour it.

Add the sago first, followed by the buttermilk.

Mix everything well.

further more
Until you get something like this.

Heat Oil for deep frying and press the dough directly over the hot oil.

Sagu Biyyam Muruku / Sago Muruku

Rice Flour  2 cups
Besan flour  1/2 cup
Fried gram flour - 1/2 cup
Sago - 1/2 cup

Salt to taste
Curd - 50 gms (half of half cup)
Chile powder - 1/2 tsp or as per taste

Special Utensil

Muruku Achu

Method to prepare

Soak Sago in Butter milk for 3 hrs, please ensure that you soak it enough else you may risk having the sago burst.

Mix all the flour together, heat 50 gms oil, mix to the flour along with salt and chili powder. Then add the buttermilk soaked sago slowly and knead to a chapati dough consistency

Heat oil for deep frying.In the muruku achu, add the dough. When the oil is hot, press down directly as as murukus.

Cook on medium flame to ensure the muruku is cooked well.


Ensure sago soaks in buttermilk well and is soft or else it will burst when you press it down in hot oil.
Cook on medium to ensure even cooking.

Fried Gram flour is fried channa dal that is available commercially. It is general sold as the dal, we have to powder it at home. This is also referred as chutney dal as it is used in making coconut chutney.

First time was a disaster as the Sago was not good. Meaning even after soaking for 3 hours, they didn't get soft. She realized that she didn't get the sago from the usual place. Normal time taken for her is about 2 hrs, by which time it is really soft.

We went ahead pressing the murukku only to have fire crackers. So everything went into dust bin.

Next day we got from the usual store. After soaking the usual time, the sago was really soft.

This time we got perfect murukkus. The taste was awesome. I remembered my childhood days all over again..

Another update, since we have Besan and Fried gram flour, these may not come out as the perfect murukku shaped. They may even break into long pieces. It is fine from what I hear from Mom.

To all my ICC members, please link your Sago Muruku post to Mr. Linky.


Madhu April 15, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

Wow, you posted already ! its still 14th in this part of the world. I am trying it, this afternoon, just soaked sago :).
After looking at the pics, now i know how is supposed to look.
Beautiful demostration with Pics Sri.. Love cooking for ICC.

AdukalaVishesham April 15, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

muruku looks very crunchy and good... and thanks for that step by step pic too... April 15, 2010 at 12:48 AM  

Sago muruku look crunchy and yummy.

Life is beautiful!!! April 15, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

Srivalli wonderful presentation of your awesome recipe !!! I have entered mtself in in Mr.Linky :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 15, 2010 at 2:27 AM  

posted my entry. Srivalli, you have a done beautiful job on step-by-step instructions.

Divya Vikram April 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM  

It was nice accomplishing the challenge :)

vidhas April 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

Everybody love the muruuku. Ididn't get shapes.

Swathi April 15, 2010 at 7:42 AM  


Nice muruku,i enjoyed making tooo. i will post it tomorrow

Priti April 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Muruku looks so gud..and step by step pics are always useful...posted my 1st ICC recipe..feeling so happy...

Monika April 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

mine is up... urs looks so yummy... i am so excited because this is the first time I made muruku :D

Anjum April 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

Love this muruku.So crisp n crunchy.I shall make it soon

Rohini April 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

Wonderful step-by-step presentation.. Murukku looks perfect!! And thanks for clarifying, I thought only my murukku broke into bits!! :)

Priya April 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

Valli we enjoyed making and munching them..fabulous choice u know..

Aps April 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

I tried it nd it came out crunchy srivalli.... Thank u

Rajmi April 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

Hi Srivalli,
I have added my entry. Didnot have time to take the pictures of all the ingredients I used. Next time will try to do so. Kids loved the taste so much. Though my daughter was telling that it is something different from the ones which I make regularly.

Tina April 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

Crunchy murukku... April 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

Of all the 3 cooking challenges I have done this by far was the best.My family loved this savory delectable snack.Thanks srivalli for such anice recipe.

Nutan April 15, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

I have posted my link Srivalli. The muruku came out very crispy and tasty. Thanks for the recipe. It was a hit with my family and friends.

Swapna Sree April 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

Crunchy murukku,,,I enjoyed making the sour murukku.....thank for sharing such a yummy recipe....

Jayashree April 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

Just finished making it, Valli....have posted and linked.

PriyaVaasu April 15, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

Murukku came out Great Srivalli, posted mine. Nice Step-by-step Demo of murukku making. :)

N S April 15, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

Thanks Srivalli for this tasty and crunchy recipe. I'll make them again in large quantity.

divya April 15, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation with mouth watering pictures.
You are welcome in my blogs. Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter

Gayathri Anand April 15, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

Thanks a lot srivalli for the recipe ...we have linked our's in Mr.Linky ...Came out very crispy and we all enjoyed it well...

Your step by step photos is really very useful ...your murukku looks so crunchy ...

Madhu April 15, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

Thanks for the Challenge Valli, It turned out pretty good. Just posted mine.

Madhavi April 16, 2010 at 5:01 AM  


Suma Gandlur April 16, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

We made this last weekend and the chaklis came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe.
I have linked.

Swathi April 16, 2010 at 7:35 AM  


Just now i posted the sagu biyyam muruku.

Meena April 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

it was a good challenge...the best part was that we got to eat such a crunchy delight at the end of the challenge:)

myspicykitchen April 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

I almost forgot about it until I saw ur post... and it was only 14th here, so had enough time to make them... Thanks for the recipe!

srividhya Ravikumar April 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

nice event.. i will sure be in

nirmal's blog April 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

The first ICC challenge was successful and very different and crispy murukku.Lookinf forwaed for the next challenge.

s April 20, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

Great challenge!

PJ April 20, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

I missed it this time Srivalli.I was away on a holiday having a gala time and returned later than the proposed date.Will surely try it out soon coz ur murukkus make me drooolll....

Shubha April 21, 2010 at 2:59 AM  

Wow looks awesome Sri....:)
wts the recipe for May dear???

Princess April 22, 2010 at 3:59 AM  

Looking forward to learning new recipes from all of you

Anonymous May 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Hi, Small doubt-
As you have mentioned to add buttermilk/ curd
1. Will it not create any problem while frying in oil?
2. What will be the Shelf life of the prepared snack?

Srivalli May 1, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

Hello Anon, The only problem with this will be that the sago

should be soaked properly. Adding buttermilk or curd will not cause any


When stored properly this will stay well for 10 days too. But the tempation

acts ahead and these get disappeared fast..:)..Do leave your name so that I

know what to address you as.

FoodLovers May 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

hey Valli sorry dear i posted for Muruku but it was rasmalai challege how to delete my entry Pls let me know

Aps June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

Actually I made this murukku tht day itself but posted it today :) gr8

re October 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

1st time this came perfect but the 2nd time it was a flop i had to throw the entire thing in thrash..I think as you mentioned the sago dint work..for me too...I will try with new sago..and lets hope for the best...

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