Bajra Omapodi/Sev

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Cooks in: 20 Minutes Serves: 2 People

Omapodi is a delicious snack with the goodness of carom seeds/ajwain/omam. Rice flour and besan are generally used to make this thin sev variety. Since Janmashtami is fast approaching, I thought of sharing this recipe using bajra flour. Millets absorb less oil and stay crisp for a long time. 



  1. Soak ajwain for 10 minutes in half cup water and boil in a 2 ltr cooker for 3 whistles. Switch off and let pressure settle down. Strain and collect the ajwain water.
  2. In a wide bowl, add ingredients mentioned above except oil. Mix well with fingers so that the butter is mixed well.
  3. Now add the ajwain water and mix the flour. You may need approximately half a cup of more water to make a soft dough. Add water at regular intervals.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Once it is hot enough to fry, keep the flame on medium flame.
  5. Take murukku press and use the fine sev plate. Grease from inside.
  6. Take a portion of the dough and with the help of the press squeeze sev in the hot oil.
  7. Allow it to fry for a minute and flip so that the other side also gets fried evenly.
  8. Once done, take out and place it on a kitchen tissue to remove the excess oil.
  9. Repeat the same process to make delicious omapodi.
  10. Store in an air tight container after it cools down completely.


1. Jowar or Ragi flours can also be used instead of bajra flour.

2. Water qty may vary according to the moisture of the flours. Always add water in small quantity in batches.

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  1. I have tried it twice and it came out very well. First time, I fried it too much, next time, I got it right. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Hi Gayathri,
      Glad to know that it came out well. Please share your picture via FB messenger, so that i can publish it in the FB page.

    1. Hi Sumitha,
      Glad to know that you tried it today. Hope it turned out great. Can you please share a picture of omapodi through FB messenger so that I can share it on FB page?

    1. Hi Kavitha,
      Extremely happy to hear that it turned out well. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Can you please share a picture of omapodi through FB messenger so that I can publish on the page?

  2. Hello mam,

    Made bajra omapodi for Janmashtami . Turned out very tasty. Unlike the usual besan omapodi which feels very heavy, this recipe is quite light and easy to make as well. Thank you for creating yet another beauty!

    1. Hi Lakshmi,
      Thanks so much for a quick validation. Glad to know that you are happy with the outcome. If you have a picture please share it through FB messenger. I’ll publish it on the page.

    1. Hi Meera,
      Allow the water to come to room temperature. We are using ajwain infused water. If we add ajwain as it is, it’ll block the holes while squeezing.

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