Thenkuzhal is one of my favorite Muruku varities. This Diwali we wanted to make Thenkuzhal along with few other muruku varieties. Sweets will follow tomorrow. I always enjoyed eating this Thenkuzhal and was surprised to find that the proportion that Amma normally uses is almost the same except of course you add some and minus some!
For making the murukus, follow the exact same method as seen in the Jantikalu or Muruku. I am going to list out only the ingredient proportion as the making method is the same.
Before I forget, I had a wow moment this evening. While browsing through our cookbook collection, I happened to look into those old books I remember Sree buying. We always made sure to visit the annual Madras Book Fair. And every year, we used to add some to our collection. While I used to buy Tintin and Asterisk, Sree used to buy different genre, at times it also used to be cookery books for Amma. So one such collection, especially when he thought he might have to teach himself to cook, he had got some set of collection.
Until this evening, I never realized it was "Meenakshi Ammal Samaithu Paar". As it was called Cook and See, it never struck me to translate. How fantastic! I was jubilant. Imagine having heard so much about this author and always had her collection. Deepavali has always been special for the times I spent with my brother, planning on how early we should get up for the firecrackers. Its been years since we actually did it. But every year I never fail to remember our childhood days, every year it used to be the same. It makes it all so nostalgic, I miss my brother. Diwali is not as special if one doesn't not remember the good days spent as a child with siblings.
I am sure he is making the festival a grand remembrance for my niece and nephew as we are making it for our kids. And it was one of the reason why even when Peddu is down with fever, we want to make sure others don't feel let out. And this festival of lights will surely brighten him.
Wanted to share the first batch that was done today. Made Thenkuzhal, Buttermilk Muruku and Amma made Coconut Burfi.
Thenkuzhal Muruku | Thenkuzhal Recipe
For the dough
Raw Rice flour - 5 cups
Urad Dal flour - 1 cup
Water - app 1/2 cup or more
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Asafetida/ Hing - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter - 50 gms
Oil for deep frying
Method to prepare:
In a wide vessel, take both the flours along with salt. Mix well. Add cumin, Sesame seeds to the flour, mix well.
Whether you use Asafetida powder or the solid ones, you got to mix it in water, make sure it is dissolved before adding to the flour. If its not dissolved properly, when deep frying the muruku, there are chances for the hing to burst our due to air bubbles.
Mix in the hing to the flour and finally add the butter. Gather everything well and you will get more of a crumbling mixture. Now slowly add water and knead a dough which is little more softer than the puri dough.
Heat a kadai with oil enough to deep fry. Once the oil is hot enough, simmer to low flame.
Take the Muruku Aachu, wash and wipe it clean. Then divide the dough into equal balls. Fill the Muruku maker with the dough. You can either press it directly over the flames or press over a paper or slotted spoon and gently slide it down the hot oil. But since the quantity mentioned here is less, you can press it directly over the kadai.
Cook over medium flame, using a slotted spoon, turn it over to other side to ensure both sides turn golden colour. You will know by seeing the colour that its cooked. Remove to a kitchen paper and store it in a air tight container.
This normally stays good for weeks.