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The sev are basically fried noodles made from gram flour. Sev (noodles) are shaped with Seviya machine, a unique brass utensil equipped with different interchangeable disks. A fine-holed disk is attached to the container and filled with dough, which is then pressed into hot oil where it fries into crisp noodles. The utensil has two disks - thin & thick. It is available at most of the Indian grocery stores and can also be prepared at the home. Mix the gram flour, salt, cayenne & turmeric powder in a bowl. Add 1tbsp oil & lemon juice to the water.
Pour it in the flour and mix into a thick paste, adding extra flour as necessary so that the mixture is not sticky. It should be mashed potatoes texture. Fill the seviya machine with a portion of it. Heat the oil / ghee in a kadhai / deep-frying pan over moderate heat. Holding the utensil over the hot oil, force the mixture through the holes by turning the handle. As soon as noodles fall, slowly move the machine in a circular motion so that they do not stick together. Fry both sides until crisp and lightly browned. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Serve sev as a snack or an accompaniment.
It is the thinnest version of sev. It is crispy noodles made from gram flour paste which is seasoned with turmeric and other spices. The Nylon sev has a fine, thin texture. It is made using very fine molds for preparation of the strands. Used mostly as garnish in chaat preparations to get crunchy texture!
How to select
Sev is available in the Indian grocery stores in different shapes, sizes and under various brands. The most common varieties are thick sev, thin sev and nylon sev.check the expiry date before buying as they tend to lose its crispiness with time.
" Masala sev with chopped onion, tomatoes and green chillies are a popular chaat recipe across Indian subcontinent.
" Sev can be added as a garnish over bhel puri or sevpuri.
" Sev can be spiced with garlic, red chillies, mint leaves, rice flakes and potato wafers to prepare a delectable snack called namkeen or farsan.
How to store
Keep sev in an air tight container for 2 weeks.
" The presence of gram flour makes sev a high protein snack but since it is deep fried, it tends to be higher in calories and fat content. It is best to use this as per recipe requirement and only in moderation.
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