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Oma Podi / Carom Seeds Flavored Plain Sev

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I always rely on my mom and grandma when it comes to traditional, festival recipes.They are very good source of those recipes and I simply call them and get the recipe over phone whenever I want to prepare it.

As Diwali is nearing, I want to prepare and post few diwali recipes in my blog. Called my grandma and asked few easy recipes. She suggested few and I have tried this Oma podi first as it called for only few ingredients(and all were available at my pantry when I thought of preparing it) and the method is also very easy to try. I prepared them in the evening time after my work and shot the picture in the next morning. I like the convenient with these kind of snack recipes as I can shoot photos anytime after preparing it. Now, Off to the recipe.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Makes: ~ 3 cups

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Gram Flour / Kadalai Maavu / Chickpea flour / Besan – 1 and 1/2 cups

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Salt – to taste

Omam / Ajwain / Carom seeds – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Hot oil – 1 tablespoon

Water – to make a tight dough

Oil – for deep frying


1) Dry roast the carom seeds till it releases nice aroma and slightly crush it using a pestle and mortar. I used mixer to do this job.


2) Add 1/4 cup of warm water to this crushed carom seeds and keep aside. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes. After 10 minutes, filter the water from it.

3) Meanwhile, sift the chickpea flour and rice flour.


4) Put together the chickpea flour, rice flour and salt. Mix well.

5) Add hot oil.


6) Now, Add the water from carom seeds(we soaked carom seeds in warm water in step 2) to the flour mixture.


7) Add water slowly and make a soft and tight dough (It should not be very tight). It took 1/2 to 3/4 cup for me to make smooth and soft dough. It will vary depends on the chickpea flour and rice flour type.


8) Grease the idiappam press(Refer here for the picture of the idiappam Press) / Sev press using oil. Use the smallest hole lid for making oma podi.

9) Stuff the dough into the idiappam press/ sev press.

10) Heat oil in a thick bottom kadai/ frying pan.


11) When the oil is hot(It should be medium hot. drop a very small pinch of dough into the oil. It should pop out to the top surface of the oil.), press the sev directly to the oil. Start pressing from ends of the pan to

the centre of the frying pan for even cooking.

12) Fry just for few seconds and turn to other side to fry. Oma podi will get fried quickly after pressing.

13) Remove from oil and drain the excess oil using a kitchen tissue. Repeat these steps for remaining dough.

14) Allow it to cool to room temperature. Crush it and store it in a air tight container.

15) Enjoy with hot tea or coffee.


1) Add turmeric powder if preferred.

2) Make sure to prepare dough in right consistency for easy pressing of oma podi. If it is very tight, add very little water and make soft dough.

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super yummy n crispy snack

Kaveri Venkatesh

Beautiful clicks…perfect looking omapodi


Looks soooo….good!!!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi

just perfect Uma. beautiful clicks.


perfect pic.. Crispy yummy looking snack


tempting ones..crisp & delicious:)
Thanx for the compliment on pics dear,trying to improve:)

Prathima Rao

Super like…Crispy & mouthwatering sev!!
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Menaga Sathia

super crispy snacks!!

Divya A

Nice clicks and delectable presentation ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfectly made omapodi too ๐Ÿ™‚
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Lashmi Bai

Wonderful presentation…tempting to try at home:)
First time here….Following your impressive blog:)


Nice clicks. Crunchy snack


My Mom is always there to help me too.. Shev looks awesome.

Priya Suresh

Crunchy munchy sev, stunning clicks Uma.Diwali shopping ellam panniyacha?

Reshmi Mahesh

oma podi looks delicious with that flavor…Ya I too turn to mom for all the traditional recipes..and I have got a dairy that I had written the day before my marriage which has many recipes..:)

Suja Manoj

Wow crispy and so yummy,love this with a cup of tea.


lovely click wud like grab a plate full

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Yummy and crispy


Nice and crispy snack for diwali…

Aruna Manikandan

perfect and tempting uma ๐Ÿ™‚


beautiful presentation..


wow very tempting snack,perfectly made…