Several things have taken me by surprise when I cook! The way I use an ingredient / the reaction when the kids eat the dish I experimented with / the things that go on in my kitchen when I cook and so on.
When I made this dish, all the above things took me by surprise. I wanted to make a snack for the kids and then it got delayed and I could make it only when the kids got home. I forgot where I had placed the murukku press and then I remembered Lil dude playing with it a few days back and asked him where it was. He looked at me like I was I was speaking to him in Greek and Latin and told me he does not know what a murukku press was!!
Lil Angel had a hearty laugh and explained it to him in a language that he understood and immediately his face lit up and said,’Oh that merry-go-round! I know where it is’. He led me to one of the kitchen shelves and showed me where he had hidden it. I later learnt through Lil Angel that he had been turning the handle of the murukku press and called it merry-go-round!!If you see the pic of my murukku press you will understand…
The second thing was I really wanted to make a ribbon pakoda and washed the ribbon pakoda mould plate as soon as the murukku press came out of its hiding place.When the dough was ready to be pressed, I could not find the ribbon pakoda mould plate!!I searched high and low and yet I could not find it. The kids were getting impatient waiting for the snack so I had to make do with the omapodi plate.
What was even more shocking was that I found out that there was no rice flour at home! It felt like everything was going wrong that day! One of the boxes had a bajji-bonda mix[a mix of besan, rice flour, chili powder and salt that is a quick mix to make bajji/bonda/pakoda] and then used it instead. Thankfully, the dish turned out great!
The final surprise came as yet another shock. I was so sure that Lil dude would not even it because of the color but to my utter surprise, he said he loved it and even wanted it for the snack box next day!!
See, this dish had me in so many shocks and surprises!
And if you are wondering what happened to the ribbon pakoda plate mould, I am still looking for it!!
On another note, I just realized that I have written a lengthy post after a really long time….
So, here is the Ragi Murukku for Day 3 , Week 1, Blogging Marathon #58,under the theme tea time snacks
Ragi flour- 1 cup
Bajji Bonda mix- 3/4 cup [see note below]
Butter- 2 teaspoons,softened
Sesame seeds- 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
Mix the ragi flour and bajji bonda mix in a bowl.Put in the butter and sesame seeds. Mix in the butter to get a sandy texture.Add water little by little and knead to a dough. Fit the murukku press with the desired plate and grease it well.
Place a portion of the dough in the greased murukku press and close it. Press into hot oil and cook till it is crisp. the sizzling sound of the oil will die down and when the murukku is moved around teh oil you can sort of ‘see and feel’ the crispness.Drain from oil once done.
Ragi Murukku is ready to be savored…
- Instead of Bajji-bonda mix use 1/2 cup rice flour and 1/4 cup besan,red chili powder as needed.
- Cumin seeds can be used instead of sesame seeds.