Thenkuzhal Murukku is a fried savory snack of south India made of rice flour and black gram flour (urad dal flour).
In the traditional murukku (or kai murukku), the dough is shaped with hands – twisting to give 3 to 4 rounds of spiral effect. I am not very adept at this. My mother-in-law used to make this with such great ease.
The same rice dough is used but shaped using a murukku press which presses out as thick noodles which is then deep fried. This is called thenkuzhal.
Traditionally raw rice is soaked in water, drained, dried and powdered.
Alternately ready to buy rice flour or idiyappam flour can also be used. The urad dal flour is also available is stores.
I use the ready-to-use rice flour and urad flour. They come just as good and tasty.