Ribbon Sev (Diwali Dry Snack) by Tarla Dalal

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Oct. 28, 2016

Ribbon Sev, also known as Ribbon Pakoda, Ola Pakoda or Ottu Pakoda in South India is a broad, ribbon-shaped sev that is super crisp because of the perfect proportioning of rice flour, besan and butter. The dough for this deep-fried snack is flavoured aptly with chilli powder and asafoetida, which give it a mildly-spicy taste. You can surprise kids by serving the Ribbon Pakoda as long ribbons, but for the purpose of storing, you may allow it to cool, break it up gently into pieces of preferred sizes, and store in an airtight container. Enjoy this delicious snack with a cup of hot coffee!


Rice flour 1 Cup (16 tbs) (chawal ka atta)
Besan 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (bengal gram flour)
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon (haldi)
Chilli powder 1 1/2 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1/4 Teaspoon (hing)
Soft butter 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Oil 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) (For deep frying)



1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well while rubbing it between your palms.2. Knead into a soft dough using enough water.3. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.4. Grease the ribbon shaped (the one with vertical lines) press mould with little oil, put a portion of the dough into it, press it and cover it with the lid.5. Press out ribbons of the sev into the hot oil, a few at a time and deep-fry on a medium flame till it turns light brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to deep-fry the remaining sev in 3 more batches.7. Keep aside to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.8. Transfer the sev into a deep bowl and break it lightly once using your fingers.9. Store in an air-tight container and use as required.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 1084Calories from Fat 370

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 42 g64.6%

Saturated Fat 15 g75%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 501 mg20.88%

Total Carbohydrates 155 g51.7%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48%

Sugars 6 g

Protein 21 g42%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet