Spicy Home made Mamra (Spicy Dehydrated rice)


Whilst growing up in Kenya, drying cooked left- over cooked rice in the sun was a regular chore all mums did. Memories of that chore came back to me when my mother in law also dried cooked rice in UK. The  dehydrated  rice becomes very dry and hard .  This is then collected and stored in an air tight jar until you were ready to fry them for a snack called sev mamra.  In winter,  it’s quite easy to dehydrate the rice by spreading it on a tray and it dries within a day as we have heating on all day.   In the summer, you can dry it in the sun as long as it’s away from the birds.  An easier way of dehydrating the rice is to spread  it evenly in an oven tray and cooking it on a very low heat for several hours (stirring the rice  in between.   Dehydrating rice in a dehydrator is the modern way of drying out the rice.    Rice dehydrated this way  can be recooked by adding hot water to it so it’s very popular with people who go camping.   My recipe using ready made mamra is here.



Ingredients to make the sev mamra:

  • 4-5 cups of home made sev Recipe is here (you can also use ready made sev.)
  • 3-4 cups of hehydrated rice (home made mamra)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 litre  sunflower oil to fry the mamra
  • 1 cup of peanuts
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 3-4 fresh curry leaves


1.  Heat the oil and drop a couple of rice flakes in the oil.  The oil is ready when the rice  puffs up and rises.

2.  As soon as the rice puffs up, remove it and  add the salt and turmeric and mix.


3.  Fry the peanuts and cashews and add to the puffed rice.

4.  Add the sev to the fried puffed rice and mix well.

IMG_21565.  Garnish with fresh curry leaves and enjoy the sev mamra snack.  You can add chopped onions  and a dash of lemon to make the snack taste like bhel.  Any left-over snack can be saved in an air tight container up to a week.IMG_2159

How many of you still make sev mamra from dehydrated rice at home?

Today’s Quote:   “Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice less pantry”  Chinese Proverbs quotes