Khara Sev: A Spicy, Crunchy, And Yummy Treat
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Khara Sev which is also known as Omapodi is a popular crunchy and deep-fried snack which is prepared especially during festivals. It has a thin texture and is mostly prepared with besan and rice flour dough. This spicy snack is perfect to enjoy with tea or coffee.

Khara Sev is a South Indian gluten-free snack. It can be prepared in many versions of sev across India varying in shape, size and flavour. The dish is popularly known as Ratlami Sev in Central India and Aloo Bhujia (Potato Sev) in North India. In South India, it is known as Khara Sev. 

It is a perfect snack that can be shared with friends and family, especially when blended with Diwali sweets. Also, it is an easy-to-prepare recipe which doesn’t have a particular shape so you can prepare this dish freely. This yummy version of Khara Sev can be prepared easily at home. Here’s the recipe. 

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup besan
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper 
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Water, as required
  • Oil


  • Take a big bowl and put 1 cup besan and ½ cup rice flour into it and mix them 
  • Next, put ½ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp crushed pepper, a pinch of hing and 1 tsp butter and ½ tsp salt in the same bowl and combine all the ingredients well.
  • Now, add ¼ cup water (or as required) as well so that the dough is prepared smooth. The dough will be prepared slightly sticky for this recipe.
  • Next, take a large holed mould and grease it with some oil and put the dough into it.
  • Press and spread the sev in hot oil so that a circle is formed in the oil. Ensure that these circles don’t overlap. 
  • Once it is fried for a minute, flip over to fry the other side of the sev.
  • Take out the sev from the pan once its colour darkens and transfer them to tissue paper to absorb the oil. 
  • Follow the same process for preparing more Khara Sev with the remaining dough.

Points to remember

  • Ensure to fry the sev in hot oil on a medium flame, otherwise the sev might be left raw from inside.
  • You can also add red chilli powder to make the recipe spicier. 
  • Red chilli powder can also be added instead of pepper in the recipe. 
  • You can also add rice flour as it helps to make sev crispy and tasty.
  • Crushed garlic can also be added to the dish to bring more flavour.