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Ribbon Pakoda / Ola Pakoda / Naadaa Karaas

Ribbon Pakoda or Ribbon Murukku that is made as Diwali Snacks.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 2 cups


  • Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Besan or Gram Flour - 1 cup
  • Pottukadalai powder – 4 tbsp
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – 2 pinch
  • Garlic cloves – 4 to 5 optional
  • Ghee or clarified butter - 2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – to deep fry


  • Grind the garlic cloves in a mixer jar with little water to a paste and let the crushed garlic steep in that water for 1/2 hour.
  • Grease the insides of the murukku mould with oil and keep it ready.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan for frying. When hot simmer the flame.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together rice flour, besan, pottukadalai powder (roasted gram dal flour), red chili powder, asafetida, salt and mix well.
  • Add the ghee and mix with your finger tips till it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Squeeze the garlic and discard it.
  • Add the garlic infused water to the flour mixture and knead into a soft dough. Add more water if necessary.
  • Take pea sized dough, roll into a cylinder and drop into hot oil. If it rises immediately, the temperature is correct.
  • Insert the ribbon pakoda jaali in the mould and fill with dough.
  • Press the dough directly into the oil in a circular motion.
  • Cook over medium flame till the sizzling stops and the ribbon pakoda turns to a golden brown color.
  • Remove over a kitchen paper and let it come to room temperature.
  • Break into big pieces and store in an airtight container.