Deepavali or in English ‘The Festival of Lights’ is of Hindu origins, celebrating a triumph of good over evil where Rama (Lord of Virtue and the 7th avatar of Vishnu) defeats the demon Ravana and rescues Sita. Together with Sita, their return is marked by villagers with diyas lighting their path to Ayodhya where Rama takes his rightful place on the throne.
In some other versions, the lights were said to help both Rama and Sita find their way to Ayodhya.
Sita is an avatar of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth therefore the celebration is also tied to finances at the middle of the 5 days of celebration.
Deepavali is the South India’s version while Diwali is of the North. There are some differences to the origins (even for people of different faith like the Sikhs) but when concerning snacks, its very interchangeable.
Just like in Chinese New Year or Hari Raya, the people who celebrate the special occasion will usually open up their houses and invite their friends over to makan (eat), play and chat.
Please note that these snacks appear in Malaysia and some may be acquired all year around but of course the tastiest of these savoury goodness is tied to the celebration.
A North Indian snack, 1st the tapioca root is half boiled with salted water, cut thinly then fried with coconut oil. Though this version seems to be fried with vegetable oil instead. A very light salted taste while its tapioca flavor is strong. There is also a spicy version.
White Beans Pakoda / Kacang Putih Pakoda
Despite what Wiki or Google will tell you, Pakoda is not Pakora.
Pakoda is a jaw breaking snack while Pakora is supposed to be a soft side dish. Why is it considered the same in Wiki? 【・ヘ・?】
Using dal beans as the main ingredient, there are other white beans in the mix and together with spices and red chili makes this hard snack. The version I have is not what I would call jaw breaking but I supposed it is the merchant’s consideration for older people. Still, it is not a snack that I can game with easily.
Its interesting that this snack is hollow in the center. Of all the snacks, because it has many beans & spices, I find it hard to pinpoint which spices are used...
Its actually a mixture of omapodi (the red flour bits), green peas, salted peanuts and dal beans. Omapodi is made with gram flour, rice flour, roasted ajwain seeds, chilli powder, water and oil. The flour is actually pressed through a special presser which will make the flour look like noodles. Its only broken after the frying. Its not unusual to find omapodi mixed with other kinds of ingredients.
Because of the varieties mixed in, its considered the most popular snack of Deepavali! (●´□`)♡
Its got a little hot spice but if I wanted a good spicy version I will have to travel several states over for that... ( ･ั﹏･ั)
Despite its appearances, its not a hard snack. Its texture is like one of those deep fried corn paste snacks. Made from sago (a starch extracted from palm trees - looks like white round balls), rice flour, yogurt or buttermilk, cumin or white sesame seeds, asafoetida, chili powder and oil for frying. This too was pressed with a special presser. This was actually the spiciest of the bunch I got.
Mullu means thorns, as you can see from the pattern on this snack. This is my favourite (｡♥‿♥｡) (No one shall take this from my grasp! ヘ(゜Д、゜)ノ) as the spices are usually enough to not overpower my taste buds and I can just keep eating & eating. Of this bunch it is also the hardest to search for good mullu murukku. Bad mullu murruku is very light on its spices. (━┳━ _ ━┳━)
In most households, people usually use a ready mixed flour product with some modifications to the recipe printed on the back.
Making it from scratch should be rice flour & black pea flour (a ratio of 3 to almost 1 cup), both roasted white sesame seeds and ajwain seeds, butter, fresh coconut milk, oil and salt. Interestingly, the rice flour must be 1st roasted over a low fire before mixing, then pour the coconut milk bit by bit into a soft dough, pressed into the unique presser (which is how the pattern came to be) while in a spiral motion and finally fried over hot oil. Only when it is golden colored that it is complete!
If included chickpea flour, it is no longer called Mullu Murukku but instead Chakli. This snack also appears on Chinese New Year and Hari Raya.
Yep, you read that right!
A bunch of leftover flour and spices from the previous snacks making it into not only an economical but also a delectable nibble. It easily becomes a favorite for anyone. If you don’t have any idea of what to choose from then this is the safest choice.
Murukku Maker/ Sev Sancha
And now let’s talk about the unique presser,
Taken from Indiamart.com
With the crank on the top, one could push the flour out and as you can see above, there are several discs with their own design. For example the star makes the Mullu Murukku pattern, the many holes (from thick, medium, and thin) makes spaghetti shapes (the last 2 discs on the top left makes other variations of snacks but it is not shown here).
Its possible to make the snacks above using a piping bag or a spaghetti presser!
Whew, too bad I couldn’t get some sweets this time! It seems that I would have to make it on my own...
I have to say, this post gave me a bit of trouble due to the names which with the some variation in ingredients, it will have a different name...I hope I gave a little useful info to at least some of you readers.
Ah, it might occur to some readers that some of these snacks look good with beer but this is a celebration of virtue so try not to drink in front of those celebrating Deepavali or Diwali. These snacks can be enjoyed with coffee, tea , a sweet drink and even with sauces.
Happy Deepavali to everyone!!! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
Emerald_Mara85 is just a lady who loves food...a little too much. If she becomes a super villian, its likely she would steal food, eat as much as she wants to and give the rest to the poor. Her favourite foods *currently* include bittersweet chocolate, fried anchovies, eggs, mullu murukku, kurma...etc. Currently is gaming on Ark Survival Evolved & Tree of Savior (Beta).