Murukku is a savoury, crunchy Indian snack and its name derives from the Tamil word for “twisted” which refers to its shape. I call this popular deep fried snack Chinese Murukku simply because I made this specially for the coming Chinese New Year. However, I have added minced curry leaves and extra toasted sesame seeds which really give this Chinese Murukku an extra fragrant nutty flavour.
This Chinese Murukku is an easy instant murukku recipe which I made with instant murukku flour mix. Ready made flours for murukku has certainly made making this must-have snack during festivals such a breeze. Nevertheless there is still a need to prepare additional spices to mix with the flours. Otherwise, it will taste very plain without them. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make and the taste is absolutely delicious!
To make this simple instant Chinese Murukku, first dry roast the store-bought murukku mix over low heat in a wok or pan. Allow to cool and then mix in the spices and dry ingredients. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan of water with coconut milk and salt added. Then gradually add the liquid butter mixture to the dry flour mixture to form into a smooth, pliable dough.
Heat up some oil until hot. Press the murukku dough from the murukku press and deep fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. When cool completely, store in an air-tight container and there you have it … delicious crispy curry leaves flavoured and crunchy, almost melt-in-mouth Chinese Murukku for the Lunar New Year!