Omapodi – A South Indian Snack

Omapodi – A South Indian Snack


Omapodi – A South Indian Snack

A crispy, crunchy noodle-like snack, omapodi is something you won’t be able to resist after one bite!
Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Omapodi - A South Indian Snack To Tingle Your Taste Buds

Dated : 20 Jan 2021 (IST)

You can pair Omapodi as is with your evening tea or top it with chutneys for a lip-smacking chaat.


  • South Indian cuisine boasts of many yummy snacks to pair with tea
  • Omapodi is a south Indian version of sev that you can make at home
  • Here’s how you can make omapodi with simple ingredients

If you are someone who needs to try something new every time hunger strikes – welcome to the club! The struggle is real and we understand how every time your favourite namkeen, sandwich or those cookies might not satiate you as much as a new snack would. And who says you have to make-do with whatever you have ready in the kitchen when you can toss up a few simple ingredients for yummy snacks? Indian regional cuisines never disappoint when it comes to snacks to satisfy not just hunger but also taste buds!

South Indian cuisine boasts of many such snacks which aren’t just quick and delicious but are super easy to make. From simple murukku to banana chips, from idli to uttapam, there are options galore and many of them go beyond the usual. Omapodi, for instance, is a snack from Tamil Nadu which can serve as a perfect munch while you are working at home, on a long road trip, movie or game night or simply when you are bored and hungry! Omapodi is basically the popular sev namkeen but the difference lies in the spices since omapodi uses omam (also known as ajwain) in its recipe while sev is usually without any spices. A crispy, crunchy noodle-like snack, omapodi is something you won’t be able to resist after one bite! You can pair it as is with your evening cuppa or top it with chutneys and sauces for a lip-smacking chaat.

Omapodi is basically the popular sev namkeen but the difference lies in the spices.

How To Make Omapodi Without Sev-Maker

The traditional recipe uses special equipment called sev-maker which basically cuts the dough into thin, noodle-like shapes. But if you don’t have it at home, you can simply rub the dough for omapodi on a grater or a ladle with small holes. To make omapodi at home, all you need is besan (gram flour), rice flour, ghee and a couple of spices, all of which you can find in your home! You can even use wheat flour instead of rice flour, if not available. Simply knead a smooth dough of ajwain powder, mixed with flours, water and spices including turmeric, chilli powder and asafetida, along with hot oil or ghee. Heat oil in a deep wok and pass a small amount of dough through a grater or ladle with holes in such a way so they come out in the form of thin noodles and deep fry until crunchy. Repeat with the entire dough and serve hot and fresh.

Omapodi Recipe


How To Make Omapodi

  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Cook Time10 mins
  • Total Time25 mins
  • Difficulty LevelEasy

About Omapodi Recipe: A popular snack from Tamil Nadu, omapodi is basically sev, deep-fried until crisp and golden and comes with the flavour of a whole lot of spices!

Ingredients Of Omapodi

  • 2 Cups besan
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ajwain
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • oil (for frying

How to Make Omapodi

  • Boil ajwain in hot water with some salt. Strain and keep the water aside.
  • In a bowl add besan, rice flour and ajwain together. Mix well.
  • Now add salt, asafoetida, red chilli powder and turmeric.Mix well.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil and pour it in the mix. Add the ajwain water to this too.
  • Mix well. Use your hands to knead smooth dough.
  • When a smooth dough is kneaded, heat oil in a frying pan, take a small portion of the dough and put it in hot oil through a grater or sev maker in order to fry thin noodle-shaped sev.
  • Make sure to release the dough slowly in circular motion. Fry the omapodi until crisp and golden. Repeat the process with the entire dough.
  • Cool and pack it in an airtight jar. Enjoy whenever!