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Karasev | Easy Diwali Snacks

Diwali is fast approaching and many of you must have started planning the list of sweets and snacks to prepare for Diwali. This year I wanted to try my hands on some easy Diwali snacks. My first attempt is the karasev, a popular and quite easy snack made during Diwali.

Karasev is a spicy deep fried snack made with gram flour and rice flour, made with different flavorings like pepper, garlic etc. Traditionally karasev is made by rubbing the dough through a ladle with perforated holes. This method needs lot of practice, so using the murukku press is much easier and less messier too!!! Karasev can be made in bulk and stored in an airtight container for a month.

I tried the pepper flavored karasev and was so happy that it came out really well in my first attempt itself. The roasted gram flour gives the karasev a soft texture, making it not too hard. Even beginners can try this karasev. Enjoy this crispy additive snack with a cup of tea or coffee.


{ Deep fried savory snack with bengal gram, rice flour and spices }
Yields 250 grams


2 cup kadalai maavu / besan / gram flour
½ cup rice flour / idiyappam flour
¼ cup pottukadalai / roasted gram
2 tsp butter, at room temperature
½ tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


1. Coarsely powder the pepper using a mortar and pestle or in the mixie jar. Grind the roasted gram to a fine powder.

2. In a large bowl, sieve the besan, rice flour and roasted gram powder. Add butter, red chilly powder, pepper powder, salt and mix well until butter is well incorporated.

3. Add water little by little and make a smooth and soft dough. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and keep it covered with a wet cloth.

4. Take the murukku press with the disc having 3 (or 5) holes. Fill the murukku press with 1 portion of the dough.

5. Heat oil for deep frying. Squeeze into hot oil in big circles. Do not overcrowd or make layers. Cook in medium heat, turning over to cook both sides.

6. Once the bubbles reduces, the 'shhh' sounds ceases and the sev turns golden brown, remove and drain on a paper towel. 

7. Break into pieces and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Notes and Tips
  • The dough should be soft enough to squeeze through the holes. If the dough is hard and tight, sprinkle few drops of water and make the dough soft.
  • Keep the dough covered with a wet cloth all the time, otherwise it will dry up and become hard.
  • Add red chilly powder and pepper powder according to your spice preference.
  • The oil should be hot when you squeeze in. Turn down the heat to medium while cooking the sev.
  • If the dough becomes dry or hard for the last batch, sprinkle few drops of water and make the dough smooth. 


  1. Crispy and crunchy karasev with pepper has always been my favorite. Not only during diwali, any time of the year.. You have presented it very well!

  2. perfectly made addictive snack!! looks tempting!!

  3. That's perfectly made kara sev. The pictures are so beautiful Sona.. I am really tempted..

  4. So nice you made the karasev..

  5. One of my favorite snack, has come out very well..

  6. love this snack so much. I love to have it with chilli sauce and yes its easy to make.

  7. Kara sev looks really yumm love it.

  8. love to munch on this...looks so tempting

  9. Made to this crunchy snack..... :)

  10. Nice presentation..and those sev are looking so crisp...Hand me over a bowl of those with some chai plz..

  11. That's perfectly made kara sev.. Nice color and looks crunchy.. Stunning pics Sona..

  12. I can keep on munching karasev with hot tea.. Beautifully presented and looks crunchy and delicious..

  13. Pepper flavored karasev is my favorite. You have it so well.. Love your clicks...

  14. Looks so well made and well presented! I am intrigued by your milky chai... :)

  15. My fav snacks.. Looks crispy and yum

  16. Aaahh Sona karasev looks sooo tempting.. Please pass me some.. Superb clicks dear..

  17. I haven't heard of these before, but they look great and I could always do with some new snack recipes!


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