Who doesnt love Murukku? Do you know how the famous Manapaarai Murukku came on the food map of South India? Many many years ago a small town called Manaparai was famous for its cows and milk (remember the song manaparai maadu katti?). At a time when trains halted in the station, an Iyer used to make and sell murukkus. Apparently no passenger passing through the station would return without a packet and that’s how the murukku became famous. The murukku was so popular that trains used to arrive ahead of schedule for an extended break at Manapparai station.That is technically the birth of the manaparai murukku. There were many people who worked under the Iyer to help make murukkus. One such person is Doraiswamy who lives in a very humble home and readily shares his wealth of knowledge on the intricacies of making these spiral rounds of heaven. He’s been making for over 60 years and was in action even few years ago until his son ‘murukku manohar’ willingly took over the baton .
Doraiswamy, a spirited man is a curious on-looker as we start shooting. He’s making sure his son gives us the right information. They churn out a whopping 6000-8000 murukkus/ day on an average and this is completely family run. They do not retail under their own brand, but make it for other retailers. Hand pounded rice flour is mixed with water, salt, sesame seeds, jeera, omam and made into a dough. They are then put in through a manual extruder and fried in groundnut oil.
Watch this clip as I get talking to Murukku Manohar!
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arunvbloggerFebruary 12, 2016 at 12:19 am
Nice work man….interesting!!!!
Puliyogare TravelsFebruary 12, 2016 at 6:41 am
Srinivasan SenthilMarch 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm
Could you give me the exact address to get in touch with this person. I need to buy it from his place. Thanks.
Puliyogare TravelsMarch 26, 2016 at 11:03 am
Hi Srinivasan, I dont think I have the contact. Let me check though. I did get your email too.