Madhura Seva / Sweet Sev


For Sev:

2 cups gram flour / kadalamavu / besan
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
a pinch of salt

For Sugar Syrup:

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp sugar, powdered for dusting


  1. In a bowl, add the gram flour, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and salt and mix well. 
  2. Add water little by little to this and knead to form a smooth dough and keep the dough covered.
  3. Heat oil in a deep pan on medium flame. Fill the idiyappam / string hopper maker, fitted with big hole attachment with the dough.
  4. When the oil is hot, press the dough into the hot oil in a circular motion. Don’t overcrowd the pan.
  5. Fry it till golden brown on both sides and remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel.
  6. Repeat the same process until all the dough is used.
  7. Then crush/ break the sev gently into pieces with your hand and keep it aside.
  8. In another pan,  melt sugar in 1/4 cup of water and boil it till it reaches a one thread consistency.
  9. Reduce the heat and add the fried sev and cardamom powder and mix thoroughly until the sev is evenly coated with the syrup. Switch off the flame.
  10. When slightly cooled, add the powdered sugar and toss well.
  11. Cool completely and store in an air tight container…..
Recipe adapted from Erivum Puliyum

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