In an Idly pot / pressure cooker, place maida over the idly plate and steam cook maida for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes maida slightly changes in color and lumps can be seen. Spread the maida in a plate or paper and allow it to cool for 2 hours.
Break the lumps with your hands or you can grind it in a mixer in pulse mode. Then sieve it. Now the murukku flour is ready.
In a bowl add the sieved maida, jeera, butter and salt. Pour warm water little by little and knead it into a smooth dough. The dough should not be dry, then it will be hard to press. I used the star achu for this murukku, you can use any achu.
Take the murukku press, stuff a portion of dough in the presser. Use a small butter paper or back side of the ladle and make circular pattern. You can straightly make pattern in the oil also. Heat oil in a kadai, drop a piece of dough and if it raises immediately, then the oil temperature is perfect for frying. Now drop the murukku carefully in the oil and fry on both sides till the oil sound ceases. Drain it in kitchen towel and store it in an airtight container.Enjoy this easy to prepare maida murukku for this Diwali.
Tips for Maida Murukku Recipe
1. Always steam the maida, else the murukku will be hard. Don't use the maida directly.2. Breaking the lumps in a mixer makes the process easier. If you are doing in small-batch, you can break it with your hands too.3. Do not break the flour immediately after steaming, allow it to cool, and then break it.4. For the spicy version, add chilli powder, it also gives colour to the Maida Murukku. I didn't use it.5. Always cover the dough with a wet cloth, so it doesn't dry and it will be easy to press.6. You can use thenkuzhal press also for this Maida Murukku Recipe.7. Do the whole frying process on medium flame, so the murukku gets cooked inside also.8. For a healthier version, maida can be replaced with wheat flour.