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Oma Podi | South Indian Sev | Step by step pictures

Oma Podi
Ajwain also known as omam in Tamil  vaamu in Telugu  It is also referred to as carom seeds, thymol seeds. Ajwain helps in easy digestion. It is also  remedy for acidity. Oma podi is a south Indian snacks prepared with Ajwain as key ingredient. Oma podi is prepared with special sev maker, but I tried with the murukku press. Oma podi can be separately served as a snacks or can be added to South Indian Mixture. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Sev alias Oma podi.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Yields: 4 servings
Oma Podi | South Indian Sev | Step by step pictures

OilFor deep frying
Besan Flour | Kadalai Maavu1 Cup
Rice Flour2 tbsp
Ajwain | Omam1 tsp
SaltAs needed
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Chilli powder (Optional)1 tsp
Asafoedita | HingPinch
Butter1 tbsp

  • Dry roast ajwain seeds in a pan. Make a coarse powder using mortar and pestle or mixie. 
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  • Soak the coarse ajwain powder for 5 mins. Meanwhile take besan flour, rice flour, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and hing in a big bowl. Add butter to the flour mixture. 

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  •  Strain the ajwain using tea strainer and use the strained water for mixing the dough. Prepare a sticky dough

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  • Put the oma podi dough in murukku press. Use the plate having many tiny circles as shown in picture below. Heat enough oil to deep fry. To check whether oil is hot, drop a little dough into oil. If it bubbles up on top, then oil is hot. Carefully press the murukku press on top and drop the dough into the oil . 

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  •  Fry by flipping on both sides. The colour of the oma podi will change to light golden  colour. Drain the excess oil by placing it in a paper towel.

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Oma Podi | South Indian Sev | Step by step pictures
Oma Podi | South Indian Sev

  • The dough will become dry after some time, so cover the dough. Prepare oma podi immediately after preparing dough.
  • Adjust chilli powder to your taste.
  • Deep fry oma podi in medium flame.


  1. Love this. I am so addicted to this, I add to everything.

  2. Such an addictive snack to munch on :) looks so perfectly made Nithya and also I have to say you have explained so well too

  3. You are getting me ready for Diwali and I shall make it very soon. It such a wonderful snack, that crunch burst is so good.

  4. very nice and tasty looking snacks...

  5. Even I am so addicted to these.. :) thank you for sharing the recipe :)

  6. I love this and ready to have it any time. Looking very crunchy.

    On-going event: What's with my cuppa?

  7. Crunchy munchy oma podi, love it anytime..my kids favourite snack.

  8. I request you to stop tempting me...just kidding ! simply awesome !


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