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Nov 6, 2012

Ribbon Pakoda / Ola Pakoda / O'ttu Pakoda

Another Easy and quick Diwali snack, Ribbon Pakoda / O'ttu Pakoda. We call it as O'ttu Pakoda or Oattu Pakoda and this is must in our Diwali snack list. I love my Mom's pakoda more than the store bought ones. She makes it spicy and also with the hint of garlic. But this time i didn't tried with garlic and made it as plain mild spicy pakodas. This is my Mom's version of Ribbon Pakoda and made it  with her help, i turned on my skype video and made this as per her instructions :) It come out perfectly and got good appreciation too. Ok now to the recipe...

  1. Rice Flour       3 cups (i used store bought rice flour only)
  2. Gram flour / Kadala Maavu   3 /4  cup
  3. Butter       2 tbsp
  4. Chili powder       1 and 1/2 tsp
  5. Cumin Powder     1/2 tsp
  6. Hing                1/4 tsp
  7. Sesame Seeds         1 tbsp(optional)
  8. Salt        to taste
  9. Oil       for deep frying
  • Sift rice flour and gram flour and keep aside, melt butter in microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  • Now in a mixing bowl, add sifted flour, salt, chili powder( i used chili paste), cumin powder, hing and sesame seeds and mix everything well.
  • Now add melted butter and mix well with the flour mixture.
  • Then add water little by little and knead it to a non sticky pliable dough.
  • And divide the dough in to 6-7 big balls and keep covered with a damp cloth.
  • Now heat oil for deep frying, while it get heat for frying, grease murukku press with few drops of oil and plate it with pakoda plate/achu(refer pic)
  • When oil gets hot, directly squeeze in to the hot oil in circular motion but not over fill, fill dough based on the pan/kadai size n the amount of oil u use.
  • After a minute or bubble reduces turn other side and cook till the bubbles completely ceases and the sshh sound stops.
  • These pakodas cooks very fast than the murukku, once done remove from the hot oil and drain it in paper towel.
  • After cooling completely transfer it to storage container or its ready to serve with a cup of chai/coffee.
I used chili paste but mine didn't grind well so the skin of chili got blocked in while pressing and i couldn't get a perfect shaped ribbon pakodas for some batches.
So if using freshly ground paste, use a fine smooth paste of chili and garlic.
Instead of butter can use hot oil also.


  1. Perfectly made ribbon pakoda.. Love it..

  2. Ribbon pakora looks crisp and crunchy!!

  3. Crispy and perfect ribbon pakodas...

  4. These look good to grab n eat!

  5. Crispy and perfect ribbon pakoda...good to see you back with the festive specials :)

  6. Perfect pakodas.........good job dear

  7. wow very tempting snack,perfectly made...

  8. Tempting tempting...My all time fav snack..Very crispy!

  9. Looks absolutely perfect and tempting.. very nice presentation too.. love it :)

  10. They look so crispy , crunchy , tasty....i could go on :-) Nicely done!


  11. it came out beautiful, tasty and crispy, my family liked it. thanks for the wonderful recipe.


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