Plain Sev | Besan Sev | Sev for Chaat recipe | Indian crispy noodle

Plain Sev is a thin crispy fried noodle type Indian savory snack made using chickpea flour (Besan).

Sev | Besan Sev | Sev for Chaat recipe | Indian crispy noodle

Homemade Plain Besan Sev is easy to make with minimal ingredients using a Sev maker. This sev recipe is Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Vegan. It is so tasty to stop yourself from munching. It is soft, crunchy, and crispy in texture.

This recipe is a tried and tested no-fail Sev recipe, which I make at home regularly during Indian festivals like Diwali to add in different types of mixtures, chivda, chaat, or bhel recipes.

To make sev, I am using a readymade store-bought besan. The dough kneaded using water from besan seasoned with salt and turmeric powder. This dough is pressed into a sev maker to form a thin noodle type shape, which is deep-fried into hot oil directly until crisp. You will require a Sev maker made out of brass or steel material to prepare this snack.

Let us prepare a yummy, crispy, and healthy sev recipe with the below-mentioned step-wise details and enjoy it with tea or coffee or prepare different styles of chaat.

The word ‘Sev’ comes from Siv, which means thread/strands referred to as sewing.

In Gujarat, plain sev is a popular snack made during Diwali. This sev is one the best topping for any variety of chaat. Here I have posted the basic recipe of sev is plain sev. You can spice up according to your taste. Plain sev goes very well in different chaat recipes like bhel puri, Pani puri, sev puri, Dahi puri, Sev Usal, Sev Khamni, Kanda Poha or it goes well even with plain roasted puffed rice. Sev-Mamra is a perfect tea time snack in Gujarat. You can also prepare the famous Kathiyawadi recipe sev tomato Sabji using this sev.

Sev | Besan Sev | Sev for Chaat recipe | Indian crispy noodle

The sev maker comes with different discs/prefabricated molds so you can make sev of different thickness like:

  • Thin disc – To make fine/thin sev, also known as Nylon sev, used in chaat recipes as a topping.
  • Medium disc – To make medium thickness Sev, generally used to mix with various mixtures and chivda. I have used this disc in this recipe. I use this sev in Curry/Sabji/Shaak preparations like Sev Tomato Sabji.
  • Thick disc – Used to make plain/spiced Gathiya or spiced sev (like Ratlami sev) snacks that you can eat alone or with a cup of tea or coffee. I also prefer this sev to make curries like Ganthiya nu Shaak.

The recipe I am sharing is the Plain Sev recipe, but you can also make sev with different flavors like:

  • Spicy Sev- Adding red chili powder, cumin powder, and black pepper powder along with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Pudina Sev- Adding mint paste while kneading the dough.
  • Aloo Sev- Also known as Aloo Bhujia
  • Palak sev- By adding palak puree
  • Tomato sev – It is tangy in taste due to tomato puree
  • Garlic sev – Adding garlic paste into the dough.

Key Notes :

  • While making sev, consistently fry sev on medium flame.
  • Sev will burn quickly, so keep an eye while frying.
  • Do not add oil/soda into the dough, else sev will turn out oily.
  • While making sev, hold the sev maker from little height, else your hand may burn.
  • For all frying related techniques, watch the video recipe of Sev.


I always prepare Plain Sev in a large batch and store it (once cool down completely) in an air-tight container and use it as needed. Since they are deep-fried, it stays fresh for up to 1 month.

Here is the video recipe of Homemade Sev Recipe :


  • You can eat it plain or with your evening tea/coffee, late-night snack, watching tv/movie, reading a book, or just munching.
  • I add this sev into various mixtures like mix Chevdo, Sev-Mamra, etc.
  • Use this sev(if nylon sev is not available) as topping in Chaat recipes.
  • You can use it to make curries like Sev-Tomato Sabji.

You  may also like some other Indian dry snacks recipes :

Roasted Poha Chivda | Maharashtrian Roasted Poha Chivda

Cornflakes Chivda | Makka Poha Chivda

Leftover Roti Crackers | Indian Tortilla Baked Chips

Baked Mexican Nacho chips

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Here is the recipe card of homemade plain sev recipe : 

Homemade Plain Sev
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Sev is a thin crispy fried noodle type Indian savory snack made using chickpea flour (Besan).
Cuisine: Indian
  • Readymade Besan flour - 2 cup
  • Water - ½ cup, as per need
  • Salt - according to taste
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp, optional
  • Oil for frying
Instructions ( 1 cup = 250 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml)
  1. In a mixing bowl, add besan flour.
  2. Add salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Sieve properly. Discard bigger particles, if any.
  5. Gradually add water and make a smooth dough.
  6. Not too soft, not too tight.
  7. Open the sev sancha / sev maker.
  8. Grease all the parts nicely.
  9. Heat oil in a kadhai.
  10. Do not feel more than half Kadhai.
  11. Make a thick log of dough and press it down into the sancha / sev maker.
  12. Grease and close the sev maker.
  13. By dropping a small ball, check if the oil is hot enough or not.
  14. When the oil is hot enough, drop the sev directly in oil by rotating the sev maker in a circular manner.
  15. Set flame on medium.
  16. For more details, check the video.
  17. Make 2 circles and rotate anticlockwise.
  18. Cut the sev threads.
  19. Cook sev on the consistent flame.
  20. Once cooked from one side, flip it.
  21. Cook until bubbles almost disappear.
  22. Take it out on a kitchen napkin.
  23. The same way prepares sev out of the rested