Friday, October 24, 2008


This Chakli or Murukku recipe is a bit different from the thenkuzhal that I normally make. I got this from Seema's blog and we loved the end result... it had the right amount of spices and was perfectly crunchy - an absolute treat and one of our many indulgences for this year's Diwali.


Rice Flour - 2 cups
Urad Dhal - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Butter - 3 tbsp
Jeera - half tbsp
Black Sesame seeds - half tsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp to 1 tsp
Oil - sufficient to deep fry

1) Dry roast urad dal in a pan until it turns light brown. Allow to cool and grind to a fine powder.

2) Sieve rice flour+ above urad dal powder + salt + chili powder.

3) Add melted hot butter to this mixture and the remaining ingredients.

4) M
ake a soft dough adding water gradually. It shouldn't be too stiff or too watery.

5) Fill the murukku maker/press with this dough using the star shaped nozzle and make round chaklis on a sheet of cling wrap.

6) Meanwhile heat oil and deep fry (several at a time) till golden on either side. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

Thank you Srivalli for reminding me about JFI - Festival treats this month.. I have one more post lined up for you... besides this and will mail you the details together.


  1. Getting et for Diwali goodies i guess.. Nice crispy chaklis! Love these munchies... So whats else is special this Diwali.

    Wishing You All A Very Happy Diwali.

  2. so started preparing sweets for diwali..chakli looks perfect!

  3. Looks delicious. Wish you a very happy diwali.

  4. Looks nice & crispy laavanya..


  5. All time fav snack at my home..will have to do tomorrow Lavanya..Looks perfect

  6. These look perfectly delish! Ive tried very unsuccessfully to make murukku. It turned out oily. I dont think I have a good murukku press. Where is yours from?

  7. Laayanya..that surely tempting! send these for jfi!

  8. I love these murukku. My daughter too. I can just go on eating them while reading a book or watching TV.
    You are really tempting me to make them

  9. Looks very homely, and yummy. I might make it YAY.

  10. Fabulous chakli...looks prefect...

  11. We make murruku with urad dhal and green gram dhal :) but both very different in taste!
    I love it , ah I should hurry up!

  12. Happy Diwali and i too have made this,I ll post after diwali:)

  13. Perfect for this festive season..Love these..

  14. Ah yummy...perfect Diwali treat...

  15. lovely chaklis .. looks perfect

  16. Chakli is my all time favorite .Looks crispy and fabulous....

  17. Diwali without Murukku ?? No way! :) I already have plans to make murukku this weekend and I have a very similar recipe like yours from my mom.. Your murukku looks perfectly shaped and crispy.. Feel like going into the kitchen and start making it right away! :)

    Happy Deepavali to you and your family, Laavanya!!

  18. I love these, but I've only had them pre-made from a bag... I would love to try them homemade!

  19. mmm. drooling over your chaklis! Delicious.

  20. BTW, A very happy diwali and a great weekend ahead.

  21. Happay diwali Laavanya..

    pls collect hardblogger award from my blog .. u deserve it...

  22. Chaklis look crisp and awesome. Nice festive food. Happy Deewali.

  23. I am so lagging behind on making my Diwali treats. This is a nice recipe and all time favorite at our house.

    Happy Deepavali to you and your Laavanya. Hope the little one had fun at the pumpkin patch

  24. They look perfect, Laavanya!

    We always make do with the ones we get from the Indian store even though I did come to the US with a murukku-maker in one hand and a recipe book in the other.:D I don'tknow what I was thinking when I brought my mom's MM here! But then I'd never thought I was the kind of person to make my own masala podis either. But now, I do! So maybe muukkus will be made some day. Did I tell u that I finally got myself a proper "Indian mixer" after managing with a blender all these years here?

    So what else are you making for Diwali?

  25. Thanks Seema... Wishing you all a very happy Diwali too. I've made oma podi, 7 cups, Badam halwa & coconut burfi. :) How about you?

    Yes Lavi... :) Thank you.

    Thank you Aparna & Srikar.

    Thank you Kamala.

    Veggiebelly, try this recipe.. it turns out really good. I got one Murukku maker from singapore (the usual one) and a slightly different one from India..where i have to rotate the top.. kind of like a smaller version of the idiyaapam maker. Will take pics and send. You are welcome to borrow mine or I could make a batch of murukkus for you :)

    Thanks Srivalli - also for reminding me to send them for JFI.

    That's true Happy Cook - that's what my husband and I have been doing. Do try.

    Thank you Anudivya - hope you do.

    CHam.. i like the one with mung dhal too :)

    Thank you Raks.. waiting to see your version and detailed pics too

    Thank you Divya, Usha, Deesha & Sireesha.

    Thank you Diwali.. my best wishes to you and your family too. Yes.. I've always made murukku for every diwali now.

    Meeso, it needs some special equipment to press it out but otherwise it's a breeze.

    Thank you Uma, sending best wishes your way too.

    Priya, oh thank you so much.. that's very nice of you.

    Thank you so much Kitchen Flavours.

    RC, you still have this weekend... don't worry :) Oh yes.. apparently she had a great time ( i couldn't go with her since i had a mtg). Returned home with a tiny pumpkin.

    TBC, This is one recipe you must definitely involve H in.. i just make the dough and the pressing out job goes to A and I just fry and stack them :) I've made 7 cups, coconut burfi, badam halwa and some omapodi (sev). Happy Diwali.

  26. perfect looking chaklis. can't look any better :)

  27. Wow thats lovely Murukkus lavanya...

  28. Looks perfect. This is different from what i make too. Will definitely give it a try.

  29. A very happy Deepawali to you!

  30. My hubby's favourite.. looks very crispy. Wish you a very happy Diwali!!!

  31. wish you and your family a very happy Diwali


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