Chakli

chakli recipe

Introduction

Chaklis are delightful and amongst one of the most famous snacks of India. It is commonly made during festivals, specially during Diwali.  They do come in handy if you want to have a quick snack with masala tea or coffee. Chaklis are deep-fried, spiral, golden and crispy munchies. It is a salty snack. While the chakli recipe might appear to be complicated, in reality, it’s an easy one to prepare.

Indian foods and savouries have their regional influence. In Maharashtra, the traditional Chakli is called Bhajani.  Today, it is popularly known as Chaklis in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, Murukku Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chakralu in some parts of Andhra Pradesh. 

Ingredients

  • Roasted Bengal Gram: ¼ cup

  • Rice Flour: 1cup

  • Red Chili Powder: 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon

  • White Sesame Seeds: 1 tablespoon

  • Carom Seeds: 1 tablespoon

  • Asafoetida (Hing): A pinch

  • Melted butter/ clarified butter (ghee): 1 tablespoon

  • Water for the dough (as required

  • Oil to deep fry the chakli

Method

  • The dough
  •  Grind the ¼ cup of roasted gram flour to a fine powder.
  • Take a bowl and add the rice flour, red chilli powder, salt to taste, asafoetida (hing) and sesame seeds and mix them.
  • Now, knead the dough by pouring water little by little. Begin with 2 -3 tablespoons of water and add more water as required. Then add hot melted butter and mix all of them well together.
  • Ensure the dough knead tight. It should not be sticky, dry or too brittle. 

TinyTip: if the dough turns out to be a bit sticky, sprinkle some flour and mix it again.

  • Steps to make the chakli with the mould with Chaklis maker machine
  • Grease inside the chakli maker machine with oil so that the dough does not stick.
  • Now, take small portions of the dough, put it inside the chakli maker machine, and close the lid. Do not fill the mould with more than 3/4th of the dough; else, it may easily ooze out of the machine. You are now ready to make the spiral chaklis.
  • Take a greased plate or aluminium foil or a wet cloth to make the spiral chaklis on them.
  • Steps to make the chaklis with the mould with a frying pan
  • Take a deep frying pan and generously pour oil to fry the chaklis properly. 
  • Heat the oil on a medium flame. You can always drop a little portion of the dough in the oil to understand if the oil is hot enough. If the dough rises and comes to the surface without changing the colour, the oil is ready
  • Once the oil is ready, add 3-4 chaklis to the pan. Deep fry them until they turn crispy and golden brown. Flip them as required (2-3 times) to cook them properly.         
  • The chaklis are now ready; you can enjoy them with a cup of tea.

This chakli recipe is an instant chakli recipe and doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to prepare it. Allow the chaklis to cool at room temperature and store in an airtight container. 

Nutritional Facts: 4 pieces of chakli has about 140 calories. It has 18 grams of Carbs (51%), 6 grams of fat (38%), 4 grams of protein (11%). If you make a butter chakli recipe, the fat content will be higher.

Conclusion: Some Useful TinyTips:

You can bake the chaklis in a microwave oven on convection mode instead of microwave mode. By doing this, you skip the deep fry oil preparation. Ingredients for the baked chakli recipe will remain the same. Chaklis stay fresh for about 20 days if stored properly in an airtight container. With the same variation to the base ingredient, you can alternately prepare maida chakli, besan chakli, rice flour chakli, sabudana batata chakli. You can add ginger and chilly green paste to add flavour to the chaklis.

Hope you enjoy the chakli recipe. Happy and Healthy Eating!