The trials of creating a simple murruku

I actually just remembered that I have been meaning to write about something for the past few days -  but I forgot about it and then whilst looking over for some ideas for tonight's dinner -  I remembered.

First of all -  yes I still do search the web for recipes. And yes - I still need my note book when I cook. I will share the pic of my worn and food stained note book some other time. But yes I un ashamedly need my note book when I cook. If in any case my notebook is stolen or lost -  I will have to stop cooking till i remember and that means really pathetic lunch and dinners for hubby. So no -  we are not taking those risks. Anyways -  I'm not here to talk about my lack of memory when I cook - I want to blog about my attempts in making murukku.

I had this housewifey hormones last Wednesday and I decided to make mini cashew nut murukku. They were so small and cute and the ingredients were simple enough, and I had the tools with me. So why not? I jumped right in. You see -  the thing about these bloggers who cook and post amazing pics taken with expensive cameras are -  they don't exactly tell you the pains of coming up with such posts.

I will tell you what happened. At the end of this post -  I will give you the link to the site where I got this receipe. That lady did a splendid job of posting a pic for every step of the process. So you are not totally at loss there. I followed exactly the same process. The dough was nice and ready. The oil was hot and ready. The damn murukku machine ( I don't know what they call it - its used to press idiyappam as well) - was oiled and ready as well. I lowered the heat of the oil -  while I loaded the murruku machine with the dough and started to make it.

Heres the issues I faced:

1) My tool was not the pressing type - its the rotating type. You need to keep rotating the thing on top for the tool to wind down and press the dough out.

2) My dough was slightly dry -  it did not turn out the way I wanted.

3) I was not able to see how the damn thing was churning out. Imagine me -  standing and rotating that thing. But I cannot see anything! It was blind side all over.

4) My first batch -  well they did not come up with the shape I made -  instead they all broke into pieces when I threw them in to the oil. Yes -  I threw. I wasn't brave enough to tip them into the oil.

So I made adjustments.

First -  took a chair. Sat down. Took the tool and started to rotatate that thing   - so that now i can see the dough tailing out.

Second -  I realized I was holding that tool wrongly. I was holding it on my left hand and rotating it on my right. But I was holding that tool real tight -  it hurt. I then understood that all I have to do is hold that machine lightly and rotate it with my right hand  - and find out which way I was rotating best. It worked. I was able to come up with perfect small coils.
Oh before that -  I sprinkled water into the dough to have them hydrated so that they will not break when I churn them out.

Third -  Throwing the murrukus were definitely not a good idea.
The blogger already mentioned that the best method was to line a steel or metal plate with oil and then let it slide in oil. I didn't let it slide -  cos I find the murukkus were joining together to form tri-murrkus -  so I flipped the plate. And they fried well and good.

They came out well and tasty. Hubby was surprised I made it and kid loved it too. Actually I have no pic to post it here...cos we finished the batch I made 2 days ago. It was just 1 cup of rice flour -  so it was not much actually. Just one small plastic container full. I will make more soon and will post a pic of it.

My point is this -  when you check out the receipes -  especially the ones you have never ever tried -  and most importantly with tools you have never used -  it will be a good idea to use a small quantity of food and equally small amount of expectation on the process of it. It will look darn easy on the site or blog -  but to actually do it -  takes time. I was sweating and sweating when I made those because I had to churn the murukkus and fry them myself ( ala my mum style). It looked easy when my mum did it -  but its not.

But that does not mean -  you don't try it.
I have made many firsts -  and every time I attempt something new and complicated -  I am proud. You see  - I have seen my mum make murrukus every year and she slogs over it. Maybe I hated making stuffs for rayas because of that -  but then -  I don't think you have to wait for the next raya or festive occasion to try out something complicated. You can always start small and try it. When its a success -  try coming up with more than one cup of anything and see where it lands. We have planned to make more of those mini murrukkus this weekend -  cos its such a wonderful snack -  but to be eaten only for tea. And hubby said he will help as well making it a fun project to do.

Receipes for the Mini cashew murruku




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