November 12, 2012

Chakli recipe - how to make chakli or murukku

chakli or murukku recipe - Chakli is a very popular crispy and savoury snack prepared all over India during  festival seasons like Deepavali  and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is always fun to make snacks like chakli and shankarpali to treat family and friends. I made this crispy and flavorful chakli by mixing various pulses with rice and I love the combination of these ingredients.The recipe seems to be tedious, but once you master the art of pressing proper shaped chaklis you need not to worry about the other process. I love to have the chakli with a cup of tea or coffee. Chakli, chivda, shev, shankarpali, ladoo and karanji are called faraal. This faraal gives the festivities their traditional sweet and savoury flavour.  

Chakli recipe

2 cups raw rice
1 +1/2 cups bengal gram / chana dal
3/4 cup split black gram / urad dal
1/2 cup split green gram / moong dal
1 cup melted butter
2 tsp ajwain / carom seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

For the chakli flour
  1. Wash the rice thoroughly rice and drain water. Immediately spread the rice over a thin cloth. Let the rice dry in the shade.
  2. Handpick the dals  and clean it. Rub chana dal, urad dal and moong dal separately  with palms of your hands and remove dirt or any powder.
  3. When the rice become dry, roast it on a low flame till warm and set aside. Roast the chana dal, urad dal and moong dal separately on low flame till aromatic and crisp. Set aside. Roast the ajwain till aromatic and crisp.
  4. Combine together the rice, dals and ajawain. Allow them to cool and then grind it to a fine powder. This chakli flour can be stored for 3 - 4 months.


Making the chakli
  • In a large bowl, combine above prepared chakli  flour, chili powder and salt. 
  • Melt the butter in a small pan and pour it on the flour. Mix well till the butter combine well with the flour.
  • Add  water gradually to form a stiff dough. Do not pour water at once. Excess water will make the dough too soft. 
  • Transfer the chakli dough on a rolling board. Knead this dough very well for 8 - 10 minutes to make a soft dough.
  • Fix the star shaped chakli making plate to the chakli mould. Stuff the dough in the mould and close it with lid.
  • Spread a plastic sheet  on kitchen counter. Press the chakli on it by slowly rotating the chakli mould into  circular motion. 
  • Heat sufficient oil in a frying pan.
  • Remove the chakli from the plastic sheet  onto your palm and then slowly drop it into the hot oil. Deep fry chakli on a low medium flame until crispy and golden brown.
  • Drain with a  slotted spoon and transfer the chaklis on an absorbent paper.  
  • When it comes to room temperature store in an airtight container.
  • Serve with tea or coffee.


  1. Happy diwali wishes for you and your family. Crunchy munchy beauties tempts me a lot.

  2. Yummy crunchy murukku ....Wishing you a happy diwali

  3. They look so crunchy!

  4. happy diwali to u and your family.. yummy n crispy..

  5. Happy Diwali Vidya! Chakli looks perfect for this festive occasion. Enjoy your day

  6. Perfect snacks for the festival! Wish you Happy Diwali dear..
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  7. Perfect and awesome! Happy Diwali to you and family...

  8. Happy Diwali to you and family,crunchy and delicious..

  9. looks awesome....Happy Diwali to you and ur family...:)

  10. Perfect and crispy snack...Happy Diwali..Happy to follow u..
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  11. Happy Diwali wishes to you and your family...yummy chakli.

  12. Perfect chakli.

  13. Happy Diwali to you and family Vidya..thanks for visiting my blog and leaving an encouraging comment..murukku is my family's favorite snack.

  14. Hi Vidya, Happy Diwali to you and family. Hope you have a great time.

    This snack is wonderful, very crispy and nice to munch.

    Have a great week ahead.

  15. Nice looking chaklis Vidya, good idea adding all the dal flours. Happy Deepavali to you & family.

  16. Happy Diwali to you and your family. Thanks for stopping by my space. I am following you. definitely going to try your besan ladoos. Murukku looks so crunchy and delicious.

  17. happy diwali and thanks for stopping at my blog and follow. i am happy to follow u

  18. Murukku looks so crispy and good dear :) Lovely space with delectable recipes :) Following you!!

  19. Chakli's are looking good :)

  20. They look so perfectly shaped :) Hope u had an awesome diwali. First time here :)

  21. send some over please. I love to eat this crunchy snack.

  22. crunchy and perfect murukku...
    thanks for following.. happy to follow u dear...

  23. Crispy delicious murukku...Hope u had a wonderful diwali..

  24. hi vidhya....murukus look so perfect

  25. Thanks for visiting my space....You have a wonderful space too...glad to join you...

    Delicious Chkalis

  26. hi divya, this one snack that i love to eat over the spicy ones. i guess you had a great fiesta celebrating your diwali with lots of foodies. have a nice day

  27. Hi, very easy and good recipe thanks for it.

  28. Lovely Murukku Vidya...New to your site...Love your presentation.

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  29. Perfect murukku..delicious!


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