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Murukku is a tasty, crunchy South Indian snack that is made on many Indian holidays such as Diwali. Derived from the Tamil word ¨twisted¨, Murukku is made of various flours and dals in the shape of swirls. Although I am not a big fan of Indian food, this is the one snack that I cannot get enough of. Additionally, since I am allergic to several Indian ingredients, murukku is one of few Indian foods that I am able to eat. Murukku has a special place in my heart because it connects me to my grandmother, who is the only person that is able to perfect the recipe in my family. On the other hand, my mom, who attempts to make murukku like my grandmother, can’t make it the same. When I go to visit her in New Jersey with my mom, my grandmother would always pack me a handful of Murukku to enjoy at home. However, if my mom goes by herself, I eagerly wait for her to return so I could enjoy this tasty, addictive Indian snack. On the day of Diwali, many of my cousins, aunts, and uncles come over to commemorate the victory of light above darkness throughout the year. The celebration is full of fireworks, various Indian foods, and a religious ceremony. During Diwali, nothing would make this celebration more special than the several bags of Murruku, which is passed around the dinner table and brings joy to the entire family. Overall, Murukku is very special to me because it allows me to have a strong connection with my grandmother that will never be broken. One day, I hope to pass this recipe onto the next generation and continue the Indian heritage of my family.

– Arjun Ravi

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