Maida Butter Murukku
Happy Diwali to all my friends and readers!
Recipe source : My aunt Suma Padmanabhan
Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups
Butter- 2 1/2 tbs
salt to taste
Sesame seeds- 1 tbs
Carom seeds/Aijwan- 1/8 tsp
Oil for frying
The first step is to steam the maida/all purpose flour. Place the flour in a thin cloth, tie into a small pouch and steam in a steamer/idli cooker for 5-7 minutes. Transfer this into a bowl and allow it to cool down.
When cool break the flour into small pieces with a spoon and sieve the flour to remove any lumps.
Into this add salt and room temperature butter. With a pasty blender or with your fingers rub it into the flour until the flour resembles course sand like mixture. (Do not add too much butter or it will crumble and will not retain shape when frying). Add sesame seeds and carom seeds and mix. Add water little at a time to make a smooth stiff dough. Cover with a damp cloth and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
Heat 2-3 cups of oil in a pan. Grease the inside of the murukku press. You can use the plain or star holed plate /mullu acchu. Fill the murukku press with the dough and press in circular motion into the oil or back of greased ladle. Drop carefully into the oil and fry in medium flame till it is slight golden. Drain into paper towels and allow it to cool. Fry murukku in batches.
Hope you will all enjoy!