Friday, July 18, 2014

Alsando ~ Savory Deep Fried Snack

Alsando is a simple, tasty deep fried savory snack. It is a recent try in my kitchen. I adapted the recipe from a cook book written by Jaya V Shenoy. In Konkani, Alsando means Long beans. This snack is made thin and long, which looks like the long beans. Hence the name Alsando, I guess.

I had been eyeing on the recipe for quite a long time and finally I decided to try it. It did taste very good and I was very happy of the outcome. Do try making this and I am sure they will disappear in no time!!


  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 1 cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter) - 1 Tbsp
  • Red Chilli powder - To taste
  • Baking Soda- 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil - For deep frying


Take all purpose flour, red chilli powder, asafoetida, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix it and set it aside. Now heat the ghee until it gets pretty hot and then add this to the flour mixture (it should sizzle as it hits the flour surface). Mix in the ghee with a spoon. Then add water in small amount to get a non- sticky soft dough. Let it rest (covered) for 15 minutes.

Now divide the dough into five parts.

Meanwhile keep the oil for heating. Then start rolling a piece of dough (use some flour while rolling to prevent it from sticking to the surface) into a circle of size 10 inch in diameter.

Then cut it into thin strips (1 1/2 inch in length and 1/4 inch width or any desired shape and size).

Then start frying them in hot oil (in batches) until they turn golden brown on both sides.

Once done, drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Continue frying with the rest of the dough. Alsando is ready!!

Transfer them in an air tight container after cooling.

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