Kai Murukku Recipe - South Indian Diwali Snack

Kai Murukku Recipe is a crunchy savoury snack, that is known for its shape. Flavoured with cumin seeds and asafoetida, it goes very well as an evening snack with a cup of tea and coffee.

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Kai Murukku Recipe - South Indian Diwali Snack
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Kai Murukku Recipe is a traditional South Indian Snack that is made from rice flour and flavored with butter, cumin and asafoetida. Making the Kai Murukku is an art; to twist and twirl the dough is a skill that you will acquire as you keep making it a few times. Make this special festive snack- Kai Murukku Recipe for diwali and share with family and friends.

Serve this Kai Murukku Recipe as an evening snack with a hot cup of South Indian Filter Coffee Recipe With Filter Coffee Powder

If you like this recipe, here are more diwali recipes to try

  1. Milk Peda Recipe
  2. No Bake Rice Mawa Cake Recipe (Burfi Recipe)
  3. Beetroot & Spinach Nimki Recipe (Namak Para)
  4. Aval Mixture Recipe (Poha Chivda)

Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

40 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

80 M


6 Servings


  • 1 cup Rice , soaked for 40 min
  • 2 tablespoons White Urad Dal (Whole)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (Salted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil , for deep frying
  • Chilled water , to bind

How to make Kai Murukku Recipe - South Indian Diwali Snack

  1. To begin making the Kai Murukku Recipe, we need to first make the flours required for the dough. 

To prepare the rice flour: 
  1. First Soak the rice for 40 minutes, strain the water and dry on a towel. Do not over dry, it must be just dry (slight moisture is essential). Blend into a powder. Once blended sift to get a fine rice flour. The flour must be used immediately to make the Kai Murukku.

  2. To prepare the urad flour:

  3. Roast about 2 tablespoons urad dal, color should be light golden. Cool and powder immediately. Sift to get fine powder.

To prepare the kai murukku dough
  1. Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida including the flours into a large bowl. Add in the butter and ice cold water and knead well to make a soft and smooth dough. Dough should neither be too thick nor too sticky. It should be malleable. 

Shaping the Kai Murruku: Twirling the dough:
  1. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls. Keep the dough covered with a wet muslin cloth to avoid drying. Now, oil your fingers especially your fingertips.

  2. Gently pinch the dough and make it into an elongated shape. Twist and twirl with greased fingers and form a circular pattern of about 4-5 turns, as shown in the image. Place each one of these kai murukku in a greased plate until you have all ready for frying.

  3. Preheat the oil for deep frying. Once the oil is hot; slide the murruku from the plate into the hot oil. Fry on medium heat until golden brown in color. Drain and allow it cool. The cooling process makes the murruku crisper.

  4. Make and serve this delicious Kai Murukku recipe to your family and friends. You can also make this special murukku for diwali festival.

  5. Serve this Kai Murukku Recipe as an evening snack with a hot cup of South Indian Filter Coffee Recipe With Filter Coffee Powder.