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Karasev Recipe – Easy Diwali Snacks Recipes

Karasev recipe - an easy savory to munch on for tea time and also made for Diwali.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 cups


  • Kadalai Maavu or besa - 1 cup
  • Processed Rice flour – 3/4 cup
  • Roasted Gram dal or porru kadalai - 4 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Black pepper corns – 2 tsp
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Unsalted softened butter - 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – to knead
  • Oil – for deep frying


  • Grind roasted gram dal to a fine powder in a mixie jar. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Pulse the pepper corns in the mixie jar a few times till coarse. I did it manually using a mortar and pestle.
  • Grease the murukku mould with oil and keep it ready.
  • Mix together besan, rice flour, roasted gram dal powder, turmeric powder, asafetida, salt and coarsely pound black pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Add softened butter and mix with your finger tips till it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add water little by little and make a soft, pliable dough.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  • Fix the multi holed nozzle in the murukku mould and fill the mould with the prepared dough.
  • Check the oil by putting a pea sized dough in it. If it rises immediately, the oil temperature is perfect.
  • Squeeze the dough into the hot oil directly in a round motion filling up the pan.
  • Let it cook one side for a few minutes over medium flame or till the sizzling reduces a bit.
  • Turnover and let the other side cook too till its golden brown in color and the sizzling completely stops.
  • Drain onto a kitchen paper. Karasev is ready.
  • Let the karasev come to room temperature and cool completely.
  • Break into big pieces and store in an airtight container.