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Omapodi | Sev Recipe

Omapodi is a crispy, delicious South Indian savoury snack with a flavour of ajwain made with besan flour, rice flour, butter and ajwain. Omapodi also called Sev is used for garnishing chats and can be eaten as such as teatime snacks. Omapodi Recipe is explained in this post with step by step pictures and video.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings4 people
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1 cup besan flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp butter at room temperature
  • 1 heaped tsp ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot oil
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  • water as needed


  • Dry roast ajwain for 2 mins till nice aroma comes, then add to mixer jar along with little water. Blend it well.
  • Then filter the ajwain water and keep aside. To a sieve add besan flour,rice flour Sieve it well, discard the remains.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, filtered ajwain water, hot oil, butter, required salt and mix this well first.
  • Add water little by little to form a soft slightly sticky dough. Make logs like this and keep it ready.
  • Grease the press with oil and then fill it till 3/4th.
  • Meanwhile heat oil - To check if the oil is hot, pinch a small piece of dough and drop it in oil if it immediately comes to top then the oil is ready. Press it in the preheated oil starting from the corners like a circle finishing it up in the middle.
  • Once it is cooked on one side turn over to other side and cook till bubbles (shh sound) ceases.
  • Repeat this process for the rest of the dough. Finally break it and store in an clean dry airtight container. Enjoy Omapodi!



  • Be very careful while adding water as the dough consistency is very important.
  • Do not let the dough rest for more time as it will get dry and pressing will be very difficult.
  • If it takes time then cover the dough with a wet cloth. Still if its difficult to press through, then sprinkle a little water to loosen the dough but very little.
  • I used my idiyappam press as I like my sev to be very fine. You can either use a big hole press or small one as you like it.
  • You get a big murukku kind while you take out it is very brittle so tends to break down to sev by itself.
Nutrition Facts
Omapodi | Sev Recipe
Amount Per Serving (75 g)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 1012mg44%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.03mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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