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Your Diwali recipes: Sago crispies and Mini Chirote

Last updated on: November 6, 2012 12:16 IST

Image: Sago Crispies
Photographs: Satyasree

Whip up these delicious traditional preparations to celebrate the festive season.

We invited readers to share their festive recipes with us. Here is the new set of responses!

First up we have a recipe for Sago Crispies from Satyasree's blog

She writes: "With Diwali just around the corner I prepared one of my favorite snacks today, a traditional savory Andhra snack whose main ingredients are curd and sago. It's crunchy and tangy flavor and the little pearls that burst out at the end give it a very unique appearance."

Sago Crispies


  • 4 cups homemade rice flour
  • 1 cup Saggubeeyam (Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca)
  • 2 cups curd
  • 10-15 medium size green chilles paste
  • 2 tbsp roasted channa dal powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the rice for 4 hours, drain the water completely and pat it dry and make it a fine powder. Keep aside.
  • Soak the sago in 1 cup curd for 2 hours.
  • Now mix the rice flour, soaked sago , green chillies paste, salt, roasted channa dal powder nicely. Then add little by little curd and check the consistency. Blend nicely until the prepared dough should not stick to the side of the vessel.
  • Heat oil to fry in a deep bottom pan, set the three-hole plate in the jantikalu gottam/murukku press and now fill the dough in jantikalu gottam and slowly press one inch over the hot oil.
  • Fry on medium flame and flip it occasionally till it becomes golden brown and looks crispy. Remove it and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Store it a air tight container once its completely cooled.


  1. Oil should be properly heated initially medium to high flame and it should not be too hot as it will get charred and if too cold will not fry properly.
  2. Adding roasted channa dal powder makes it more crispy.
  3. The green chilli paste should be very fine otherwise it will stick to the plate inside the murukku press and dough will not come out smoothly
  4. Sago should be properly soaked.To check if it is soaked properly press it between your fingertips and it should be completely soft.

Your Diwali recipes: Sago crispies and Mini Chirote

Image: Mini Chirote
Photographs: Amrita Das Biju

Mini Chirote

Amrita Das Biju runs a food blog called Mittu Cooking Love. She writes: "I made this recipe keeping the famous Sweet Chiroti/Chirote in mind; it even tastes just like it.

The only difference is it is less flaky and also the shape is smaller and round. Really cute too! So basically it is a Mini Spiral Chirote!

If you are having an Indian theme party or a gathering, make these and they are bound to be a hit.

Also serve these Diwali Sweets in mini cup cake wrappers and you're done."

Here's how you make them:


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 tsp ghee
  • 2 tsp yogurt

For the Paste

  • 5 tsp rice flour
  • 3 tsp ghee mix well


  • The dough must be mixed really well, or else you won't get a crispy and light sweet.
  • Make the dough stiff, and ensure you mix the ghee well before adding the yogurt
  • Let the dough rest for 20 min then roll out and spread the paste
  • Fold gently
  • Cut the roll and give it a firm press
  • Now fry the rolls till they turn dark brown on low heat.
  • Once they are done, top with powdered sugar while still hot.