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Ribbon Pakkavada/Diwali Snacks.....step by step pics

Pakkavada is an easy snack......I have lovely memories of munching on them reading Archies, Phantom, Tarzen, Mandrake comics, Nancy Drew, Enid Blyton's books etc etc....come weekends Amma used to make them and I have had countless good times with them.

These days all these easy-to-do-at-home snacks are available at supermarkets....but as usual I prefer to make them at home for my hungry kids sometimes as an after school snack or as something healthy for them to munch on while watching TV or lazying with a book.

This is super crispy and crunchy and very thin ribbon do not need any special skill to make this....just get hold of a murukku press or Iddiyappam press and just press out................ya! its that simple.

I like to add black sesame seeds into the dough.....I love the way they "peep" in my pakkavada.....and I have to caution you that if your pakkavada "achu" or "plate" is as thin as mine....then I would not recommend sesame seeds cause they just stick on the hole....but if you have more patience then go ahead.

P.S. You could always crush them and why didn't I think of that before......

Click for step by step murukku/ chakuli  recipe.
Rice flour: 2 cups, roasted fine rice flour can be found in Asian stores, it is the same flour that you use for iddiyappam and pathiri.
Besan flour/Kadalamavu: 1 cup.
Kashmiri red chilly powder: 1 to 2 tsp, depending on your tolerance level.
Black sesame seeds: 1 tsp (optional).
Jeera powder: 1 tsp.(optional)
Asafoitida/Hing/Kayam powder: 2 fat pinch.
Oil: 1 tbsp.
Salt and water as needed.
Oil for deep frying
1. In a large vessel put in the fine rice powder and besan flour, gently rub with your fingertips to remove any lumps if any. Add, chilly powder, salt, sesame seeds, jeera, and asafoitida.

2. Mix into a soft dough using water.....grease your hands with 1 tbsp oil and mix the dough again to get a soft and pliable dough.

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a kadai. Put little dough into your "press" with the pakkavada plate at the bottom.

4. Fill the "press" with the dough and close it.

5. Press the dough into hot oil in circular way....
6. Turn over to the other side and when the sizzling sound subsides. Drain them onto a paper towel or on to a newspaper as the street vendors do. (you can see some very thin ribbons it is because the sesame seeds got struck in the pakkavada plate).

7. Do the same with the remaining dough. When all the dough is fried just give it a light crumble with your hand. Store in an air tight container.
This will stay crispy and fresh in air tight if your kids allow.

Let the kids munch on them till their jaws ache :)

Happy Diwali to all my friends...


  1. Super crispy ribbon pakoda looks super delicious..

  2. nice n yummy 2 munch them anytime

  3. Sounds and looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    Lets have some fun. Take the test Your Snacks Personality and find out which of these snacks do you prefer? I have taken the test and enjoyed a lot. Hope you too will enjoy it. Have Fun!!

  4. Looks very delicious dear. I will make them for my kids(read as soon as I find the discs I have only the ones to make muruku)
    Happy Diwali to you & fly.
    I am hosting a new event which I am calling Back to our Roots. Do check out my event and send me your entries from 15/10/11 to 30/11/11.

  5. Love the way you explained the preparation..nice pictures...crispy snack..

  6. Nice recipe with lovely picks..wish u Happy Diwali :)

  7. Crispy and perfect snack yummy yummy

  8. Wow, love your tutorial. I so wish I got one of these press to make these wonderful snacks. These snacks look very similar to a popular Chinese snack, not sure if they're actually the same thing since I only know the Chinese name. :)

  9. Oh thank you for the procedural presentation. The steps become easier to follow. I have heard about Diwali snacks and dishes and i am happy to take part in your celebration by recreating this crunchy snack idea. Thanks!

  10. Super crispy snack... loved it..:)

  11. looks a crispy snack!!thanks for step by step recipe....
    & Wish you a Happy Diwali!!!!

  12. I have book marked your page. You really make cooking seem simple! Thanks for the lovely recipes...

    -Sandra Jacob, Beijing

  13. Oh, these look heavenly!! I would munch until my jaws hurt!!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that you will visit again and we will be blog~foodie friends. Blessings, Catherine

  14. wow..the snack looks perfect.....even my granny use to prepare this kind of ribbon snack,,but a sweet version from sugar cane juice and rice use to b so yummy..this hot version looks interesting..i will try..Happy Diwali..

  15. this any time snack looks so yummy ...happy diwali

  16. This is one of my favorite snacks. It looks absolutely perfect!Thank you for such a detailed recipe..I will try to make it now!

  17. Wish all of you a happy and prosperous Diwali.May this Diwali bring lots of happiness to your life..


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