Karapoonthi, also known as kara sev or spicy sev, is a popular Indian snack made from chickpea flour, spices, and oil. The chickpea flour mixture is seasoned with red chili powder, ajwain (carom seeds), and other spices, and then formed into thin, noodle-like strands using a special press with a small holed plate. The noodles are then deep-fried in hot oil until crispy and golden brown.
Karapoonthi is typically served as a crunchy and spicy snack on its own or as a topping for chaat, a type of Indian street food. It can also be added to other dishes, such as upma or mixed with other snacks like peanuts or chana dal to create a flavorful and crunchy snack mix.
While karapoonthi is a delicious and popular snack in India, it is important to note that like many fried and processed snacks, it is high in calories and fat and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.