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Karasev in a plate.

How to prepare Kara Sev

Kara sev is a traditional South Indian snack with gram flour. These are deep fried crunchy noodle pieces.
Course Snack
Cuisine Soutth Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 164kcal
Author usha


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Sev or Muruku Press
  • Wok for deep frying
  • Lotted Spoon
  • Paper Towels
  • Wide Tray or a Plate


  • 2 cups gram flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder I used 2
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter / ghee
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Sieve together gram flour and rice flour in a wide bowl.
  • Crush together garlic and cumin seeds.
  • Add chilli powder, salt, crushed garlic cumin, ghee or butter and baking soda to flour.
  • Mix everything together using your hands. It should look like bread crumbs.
  • Taste the flour mixture, adjust salt and chili powder / pepper powder to taste.
  • Add water and prepare the dough. Knead it to a soft dough and divide into 6 portions.
  • Heat oil in a kadai or wok for deep frying.
  • Grease sev press with some oil. Fill it with one portion of dough.
  • Close the sev press and press it into a wok in a circular morion.
  • Fry sev for 2-3 minutes or until light golden brown, turning it once. Sev is done when it starts to float in oil.
  • Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat the above steps with rest of the dough.
  • Let the sev cool completely and store in an airtight container.


  • Dough - should be soft and not very stiff. Sev will break when pressing if the dough is very stiff.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg