Pachchai (SOFT) Thenkuzhal


Pachchai Thenkuzhal - A deep fried delicacy @ Chettinad, served with a sprinkling of Podi. The best way is to top it off with a steaming cup of Chai/Coffee for the perfect evening.
As kids, we would enjoy this after school snack, competing with each other - as to who eats the whole length without breaking the threads. No murmur in between. Yes! It is an all-time favourite.
Thenkuzhal Mavu (Murukku Mavu) is a staple in our homes; I would say more to entertain ourselves and of course surprise guests with tasty, hot and soft Thenkuzhal's or crispy ones.
In this context, "Pachchai" would mean 'soft' rather than 'raw'. The dough is pressed through directly into the oil in a large swirl and cooked for (barely) a minute on either sides.

Ingredients:
Thenkuzhal Mavu - 1 cup
Water as needed
Jeera (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Method:
Take the flour in a large vessel. Add salt and jeera (if using). Make a well and add water. Gather to a dough.


Using a Murukku Press, press (make a larger swirl, in 1 layer only) directly into hot oil.


After about 40 seconds, turn gently to cook on the other side. A little care is needed as it will be very soft. It will tend to break. It helps to use a large slotted ladle/turner.


Cook for another half minute. Drain (CAREFULLY; it might break into strands like Noodles, as it will be very soft.) well on absorbent paper.


Serve hot with a sprinkling of spicy Podi.


My fellow bloggers in the marathon with wonderous treats are - Azeema, Bhagi, Champa, Gayathri Anand, Gayathri Kumar, Harini, Jay, Kamalika, Mina, Padma, Pavani, PJ, Priya Mahadevan, Priya Suresh, Priya Vasu, Rujuta, Santosh, Saraswathi, Savitha, Shanavi, Smitha, Sowmya, Srivalli, Suma, Usha, Veena

Comments

Priti said…
Yum yum ..looks so perfect and having tht podi on top is gr8 idea
Smitha said…
wow that looks tasty and yummy!!
beautiful dish!
Smitha
First time here....
Thenkuzhal looks perfect and the sprinkling part sounds interesting....

glad to follow u :)
would love this with some tea..yumm
savitha ramesh said…
my mom and mils special..love ur vesion too..
Jayashree said…
The addition of podi on top is a nice variation.
Priya said…
Love the podi on the top of those crispy thenkuzhal,soo tempting..
kitchen queen said…
lovely and crispy thenguzhal to have with tea.
Gayathri Kumar said…
Never heard of soft thenkuzhal. Looks so yummy..
BangaloreBaker said…
This is the first time I am seeing thenkuzhal served with powder on the top. Nice one.
Usha said…
Nice muruku and it is the first time for me too, serving muruku with podi.. spicy and yummy..
Harini said…
perfect looking murukku!
Mina Joshi said…
This dish looks exciting. Please please tell me what is Thenkuzhal Mavu and where can one buy it? Is it rice or wheat based?
Priya Sreeram said…
cripy, crunchy n yummy
azeeskitchen said…
so crispy..looks fabulous
Srivalli said…
Oh that great..never knew podi as a combo..must have been yummy
Preety said…
great snack recipe
rekhas kitchen said…
Crunchy looking muruku perfect snack..
Divya Vikram said…
Havent tried it sprinkled with podi. Nice evening snack!
Pavani said…
wow.. looks delicious. Perfect snack.
Malar Gandhi said…
Perfect snack'...well explained...loved ur step by step pictures...

Every cup of coffee' every authentic dish I sigh'...sure recalls my childhood memoirs as well:)
Perfect Thenkuzhal. Looks so delicious.
Saras said…
Crispy thenkuzhal... & with podi is very different & never heard about..
Shanavi said…
wow..I looove it..my favvvv
PJ said…
spicy sprinkle sounds great!
looks perfect and nice to see the podi on top!!
RajmiArun said…
Nice snack, I think I can make it as an evening snack for my kids. They love the crispy version of thenkuzhal, I am sure this will also be a good choice.

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