Alavanthipuram Murukku


  • Rice flour 6 cup
  • Ural dal 1 cup
  • Fried Gram half cup
  • Butter 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Omam (carom seeds) 1 tsp
  • Jeera (Cumin) 1 tsp
  • Ellu (Gingelly/Sesame seeds) 1tsp
  • Perungayam (Asafoetida) 2 pinch
  • Baking/cooking soda – 1 pinch


  1. Prep:
    • Roast the urad dhal in a pan without oil (in medium fire) till it turns light brown. Turn off the heat and use the hot pan to warm up the fried gram.
    • Let the urad dhal and fried gram cool and then grind them into a fine powder
  2. Mix the rice flour, urad dhal and fried gram powder together.
  3. Add cooking soda to butter and mix thoroughly to make it smooth. Add to the flour mix and mix well
  4. Add salt, omam (carom), jeera (cumin), ellu (gingelly/sesame) to the flour and mix well
  5. Add perungayam (asafoetida) powder to water and mix with one portion of flour to make dough of required thick consistency
  6. Squeeze the dough through a muruku press (extruder) to onto a oiled plate and then drop the dough into hot oil to fry it till it  turns golden brown. Use plain round pattern in the muruku press (extruder).
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 to make tasty and crisp murukku.

Useful Tips:

  • Divide the flour mix into four equal portions. Add water to one portion at a time and fry murukku. Repeat the process for other portions. If you add water to the entire flour and fry murukku over a long period of time, the flour may turn sour and fried murukku will turn hard, more brown and soak in more oil while frying.
  • Fry one murukku to start with, check the taste and, if needed, add more salt or asafoetida
  • Use high heat to start with, reduce to medium heat when half cooked and turn over the murukku. Return to high heat to start again.




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9 Responses
  1. v raghavan says:

    Is this Alavanthipuram near Swamimalai? It is my birthplace.the first house while entering the agraharam on the left side. (Seetharaman family).


    • sethu says:

      Hi Mr.Raghavan
      The same place – I am the daughter of Alavanthipuram Nagaraja Padayachiar of East Street. Glad to see your comment-Where r u now? bye

  2. Ramesh says:

    Dear Mr. Raghavan,

    The first house is Ramunna’s house, sorry i am unabe to place you correctly. Are you referring to Kannukupillai Seetharaman mama?

    I belong belong to Alavanthipuram and my parents are still there. We belong to chinna pannai (Sama and Nagarajan family).

  3. vijayaraj says:

    alavanthipuram Murukkula thengai pal (cocunut milk) add pannanum. Adding cocunut milk make more delicious

  4. Sethulakshmia says:

    Hi Viji
    We add coconut milk to make dough for Mullu Murukku. Also we use green gram (moong) dhal instead of urad dhall.

  5. R Gopalakrishnan says:

    I think we all and many more should start a site for the Alavanthipuram families. To start with I am the grandson of Alavanthipuram Mahalinga Iyer and A B Ganesa Iyer. My father was AMRamachandra Iyer and we moved to North India many decades ago.Although a South Indian, my grandfather A Mahalinga Iyer was bestowed the honor of being the headmaster of Kayastha Pathshala in Allahabad. My father served the Central Government under the British rule.

    I am a process engineering consultant and even at 77 plus love to work as I believe one should part wit whatever knowledge one has accumulated over the years to others.

    Swami yo Saranam Ayyappa

  6. vaijayanthi says:

    Hi , I am the grand daughter of ramanathan iyer who lived in alavanthipuram agragaram .I think the first house on the right side which is now a school. My dad was late sivaraman iyer . I am currently in London after working in India in different cities. Would love to know more about the place and if my dad had any friends there.

  7. sriram says:

    hai vaijayanthi your father sivaraman and my brother janakiram were very close friends

  8. Sriram Raghavan says:

    Hi all,

    I am Sriram Raghavan, a proud member of the Periya Pannai family of Alavanthipuram. I am a Grandson of Shri. Keishnamurthy Iyer, who was a Gandhian and Freedom Fighter. My parents still live in our 150 year old house in the Agraharam.

    I would love to be in touch with you all.



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