Chakli or Murukku is a popular Indian snack, spiral-shaped, crunchy and salty, originating from the lands of Tamil Nadu (Information source -Wikipedia).
Typically, Chakli was made with Rice Flour and Urad Daal Flour, though today, it has many variations in terms of ingredients, proportions and taste. Often sold in plastic packing in giant departmental stores, these smell and taste old compared to something that could have been prepared at home.
So lets make some fresh Murukku at home!
- 1 cup rice flour( I used store bought to make it more easy)
- 1/2 cup fine semolina
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- A pinch asafoetida
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- Salt to taste
- Red chilly powder to taste
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp hot oil for dough
- 1 cup water or more
- Oil for frying Chakli
Boil water in a pan, add salt, semolina stirring continuously, there should be no lumps.
When rava is completely cooked (generally this takes about 2-3 minutes) switch off the flame, add rice flour, chickpea flour, cumin seeds, chilly powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, pour hot oil and knead into a soft, pliable dough. Use little water if required.
Take your kitchen press or chakli maker and grease the container from inside and fill in the dough.
Use a star press mould and start pressing into chaklis.
Carefully pick and drop into hot oil and fry on low medium heat till golden brown. Fry 2 or 3 chaklis at a time.
Take out on an absorbant paper and serve.