Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hi Everyone!!!. I hope all of you had a wonderful Navarathri celebration more importantly the 'sundal celebration'. I'm sure you would have all geared up for the next festival, Diwali. My mother made lots of bhakshanams(sweets and savories) during all festivals and more importantly diwali. However I didn't ever care to taste any of them.Mainly becoz I was all alone at home and there wasn't anyone to give me company. However, when my sisters were around, we all had a blast. Gone are the days when diwali was so much fun. After we came to the US, diwali is more like any other normal day, except that we ate some homemade sweets, wore a new dress and of course made calls to India (unable to hear each other due to the noise of fire works) and finally rushing to office. But this year I think we could add some color to diwali as it comes on a saturday. Here is one of the savory that my mother prepares for diwali and it has always been a hit. I made this for navarathri this year. It came out so well that I'm thinking of making the second batch the coming weekend.

Here's the recipe for Homemade Mixture:

Ingredients for Bhoondhi:

Besan Flour(Chick Pea Flour) - 1 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 1/2 cup
Cooking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
water - as required

Ingredients for thin Sev:

Besan Flour(Chick Pea Flour) - 1 cup
Rice Flour - 1 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
water - as required

Other Ingredients:

oil for frying - 2 cups
Thick Rice Flakes(Aval) - 2 tbsp(optional)
Peanut - 2 tbsp(optional)
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 tbsp
salt - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - 4 pinches
Roasted Channa Dhal -  2 tbsp


For Bhoondhi:

1. Mix the above said ingredients for bhoondhi.
2. Add water such that the batter is slightly thinner than pancake consistency(should be like a bajji batter).
3.Pour oil in a pan and heat the pan.
4. When the oil is smokey hot, pour the batter slowly on a flat ladle that has small pores in them. I used the one in the below picture.

5. Using another ladle (as shown in the picture), gently make circular motions on top of the batter that is there in the porous ladle.
6. U should be able to see minute pebbles dropping in the oil. Pour as mush as the pan can hold(just one layer should be fine).
7. Let it stay undisturbed for sometime. Turn them over only once. When the oil stops making the bubble sound, remove the bhoondhi from oil and place them on top of an absorbent paper.
8. Repeat the steps with rest of the batter.

For thin Sev:

1. Mix all the ingredients mentioned for sev.
2. Add very little water and make a thick dough, similar to a poori dough.
3. Heat oil in a wide pan.
4.Put the dough into a sev press and squeeze them onto hot oil making big circle(as big as the pan can hold).

5. Leave them for a 2 min and turn them over. Remove from oil once the oil stops making bubble sound.
6. Place them in absorbent paper.
7. Repeat the procedure with rest of the dough.

Frying other ingredients:

1. In the same oil pour the rice flakes and fry them for a min. Drain and place them on absorbent paper.
2. Now add cashews and fry them till golden brown.
3. Then goes peanuts and curry leaves.

Mixing all prepared items:

1. Now spread a big sheet of paper(I used newspaper) and pour the sev, bhoondhi, fried rice flakes, peanuts, cashews and curry leaves. 
2. Mix them together after adding chilli powder, salt, asafoetida and ghee.
3.If need be u can crush the sev to smaller pieces.
4. Store them in an airtight container.

For some reason I don't like to eat them separately. I usually make this as a side dish for sambhar rice, rasam rice, curd rice, etc.

This savory is participating in Sara’a event- Sweet and savories event.



  1. Saras said...
    Hi Gethan, Superb photo and tasty mixture. thank you for participating in the event.
    Gethan said...
    Thanks for the compliments

Post a Comment