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Spicy Sev (Fried Noodle)
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You can pick up a sev-press in most Asian grocery stores. For this recipe, make sure you get a small one. Adjust the spiciness by reducing or eliminating the chili powder. Add herbs or spices to adjust to your preferences – turmeric, garlic, etc.

Serves: 9 oz. of noodles

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North Indian Vegetarian Appetizer

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2 cups chick pea flour (besan or gram flour)
1 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
1 tbsp. oil
Salt, to taste
1/2 tsp. asafetida powder
1/2 tsp. ajwain seeds (also known as bishop’s weed or Carom)Water, for dough
Oil, for frying


  1. Combine the flour with the chili powder, 1 tablespoon oil, asafetida, salt and seeds.
  2. Add water to the mixture until you have a stiff dough.
  3. Heat oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet.
  4. Lightly oil your sev-press and
  5. fill with dough.
  6. Working over your skillet, press the dough through the sev-press and directly into the hot oil. Fry lightly until the strands are crisp, then drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

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