Hello my people!
Here’s a wonderful fact about Indian savoury snacks: they are mostly gluten-free! A lot of them are made from rice flour, chickpea flour or mung bean flour! Many Indian savoury snacks are variations of “muruku” – a crunchy, spicy, savoury cookie, if you like! Muruku is usually made in “strings,” which are either cropped short or twisted into cookie form. The smaller ones are often mixed with freeze-dried peas and peanuts.
Below are some examples of muruku I currently have at home!
Some words of caution when buying muruku: make sure they don’t mix in wheat flour into the muruku mix to save cost. Also check for cross-contamination (they might be produced in a facility that also handles wheat products). Or…. they might be fried in oil that was used to fry wheat products. Finally, sometimes, MSG is added to the nuts. They are often made by small-time sellers without proper packaging, so ask! Ask the seller if she or he knows exactly how it was made.
Most muruku is cheap, averaging between RM5-10 per bag, so they are likely made with cheap oil (canola, palm, etc.). So they might not be the healthiest snack, but hey…
Sometimes you gotta live a little.