Kai suttu murukku reminds me of summer vacation at my grandparents home in Chennai. All of us cousins from various parts of India would descend for vacations to my grandparents home at Mylapore in chennai. To keep the brood of 10 growing kids was a huge task for our patti. She would make tins and tins of snacks and sweets in the wooden almirah which had a net door. When we wanted to snack in between our games while playing in the terrace( mottai maadi) , we would rush down the stairs and stand panting in front of the netted door and one of our elders would reach out to the tin kept above to dole out sweets like adirasam, scoops of jackfruit halwa and savories. One of the savory was kai suttu murukku. Patti would make the rice flour from scratch by soaking in water for a while, drying it on a veshti (dhoti) in the shade, pounding it and then roasting the flour lightly, the process was laborius and she did it so diligently, it was more like worship. Extruding this murukku is another art which comes only with practice.
Processed rice flour ----1/2kg( see below how to make processed rice flour)
Roasted urad dal flour--- 4 spoons
Jeera ----- 2-3 teaspoon
Butter ---- 50 gms
Salt and asafoetida to taste
Mix all the above ingredients with butter and enough water to make a pliable dough.
On a non-sticky surface like plastic paper/cloth make small twisted patterns in a circle with the help of your thumb and fore finger. ( This is an art and comes only with practice). The cloth/newspaper helps absorb the excess water.
Fry the circular patterns and flip them both sides in cooking medium. Remove from the oil when the hissing sound drowns. When cool, store them in air tight containers.
Processed rice flour:
This is the base flour for making traditional tamil savories like thattai, kai suttu murukku, cheedai and a sweet called adhirasam.
Raw rice is washed well and the excess water is drained through a colander. After a resting time of 30 minutes, the wet rice is spread on a clean cloth like dhoti and dried under shade. After an hour when the rice is still wet, It is ground finely in a mixer. This wet rice flour is then roasted lightly on an wok. It can be stored in air tight containers when dry and can be used as and when required.