Om or Ajwain or Ajwana as called in Kannada, is traditionally used as a digestive aid and also for treating against vomiting and nausea. I remember using it when my daughter had stomach upset when she was a toddler.
Anyway, Ompudi is one of my Husband’s favorite fried dish, and he prepares the same in Madi during Krishnastami as well. He has his own method, and it tastes just awesome.
So, here comes his recipe:
- 3 cups Besan Flour or Kadale Hittu
- 3 tsp hot red chilli powder
- 2 tsp powdered om or Ajwain
- Salt to taste
- 3 tsp oil
- Oil for frying
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Heat 3 tsp oil, and when it is hot add to the dry ingredients.
- Next, adding water, make a firm dough.
- Take a chakalli press, fill the dough.
- Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Roll out the Ompudi directly into heat using the press.
- Go in circles.
- Keep the heat on medium.
- Once, the ompudi is done, take out on a paper towel.
P.S: I have seen many recipes where they mix rice flour as well. No need to do so here. Just keep the heat on medium and you should be able to get crunchy Ompudi’s.