Besan Sev | Diwali Recipes
Besan Sev is one savory snack which is very popular and frequent recipe at my parents place, I have grown up looking at my mother making huge batches of these sev for Diwali, Holi or just for snack and store in large tins. We still follow the custom and make sev at least during Diwali and Holi festivals though at my in-laws place Namak Para is more popular, they make that for all occasions.
These Sev are very easy & quick to make and also stay good for long time. Crispy sev not only make good snack by itself but also used in most of the chaat items. The only issue with these yummy sev is once we start munching it’s difficult to stop but then don’t eat too much at one go as these are made from chickpeas flour and eating too much may cause stomach upset, so be mindful. This is the most basic recipe of sev, one can do lot of variations like adding cumin powder or carom seeds, pepper powder, lemon juice etc. Hope you like this simple sev recipe and try it.
Besan/Chickpeas Flour – 1 Cup
Red Chilli Powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Hot Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt – To Taste [ I add 1 tsp]
Asafoetida/Hing – 1/4 tsp
Oil – To Deep Fry
Water – To make dough [around 1/4 cup]
1. In a large bowl add besan, chili & turmeric powders, salt, hing and 2 tbsp oil. Rub everything between hands to get sand like consistency.
[Sorry, you don’t see chili, turmeric, salt and hing in the picture!]
2. Slow add water and make a soft, smooth dough. Fill the Sev ‘press’ or ‘machine’ with prepare dough using small hole disc/plate as in picture.
3. Press it in hot oil in large circles [don’t overlap]. Deep fry in slow flame both sides till bubbles ceases.
4. Drain in paper towel & repeat same for rest of dough. Allow to cool completely and break in small pieces if preferred.
If stored in air tight containers this can last for months, provided it’s remains by that time ;).
~ Add water 1 tbsp at a time. Water quantity depends on quality of besan so be careful while adding water.
~ To check oil is hot enough, add a small pinch of dough in hot oil it will raise up immediately. Don’t let the oil coming to smoking point too!
~ You can add pepper powder instead of red chili powder if preferred.
Have a nice day ~~