Ujjaini Sev, also known as Barki Sev, is a popular Indian snack originating from the city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is a crispy and spicy noodle-like snack that is often enjoyed on its own or used as a topping for chaats and snacks. If you’re interested in making Ujjaini Sev at home, here’s a simple recipe to guide you:
1 cup gram flour (besan)
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
In a mixing bowl, combine the gram flour, oil, carom seeds, cumin seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, and salt. Mix well to form a crumbly mixture.
Gradually add a little water at a time and knead the mixture into a stiff dough. The dough should be smooth and pliable, similar to a roti dough. Adjust the water quantity as needed.
Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or deep pan over medium heat.
Take a small portion of the dough and pass it through a sev maker or a murukku press with a fine sev plate attached. This will help create thin, noodle-like strands of sev.
Hold the sev maker over the hot oil and gently press the handle to release the dough into the oil. Move the sev maker in a circular motion to create a coil-like pattern of the sev.
Fry the sev in hot oil until they turn golden brown and crispy. Stir occasionally to ensure even frying. Do not overcrowd the pan; fry in small batches.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the fried sev from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.
Repeat the process with the remaining dough until all the sev is fried.
Allow the Ujjaini Sev to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. They will become crispier as they cool down.
Now you have a batch of homemade Ujjaini Sev ready to enjoy! You can savor these spicy sev as a standalone snack or use them as a topping for chaats, sev puri, bhel puri, or other Indian street food dishes. They also make a great addition to snack mixes or can be used to add a crunchy element to various recipes.