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Introducing India's Favorite Snack

The word chakli means this same savoury snack as it is known in central and North India. It is a spiral shaped, pretzel-like snack with a spiked surface. 

Chakkali or Murukku is a savoury, crunchy snack, per traditional recipes deep fried in oil to obtain the crunchy texture and is kept in airtight boxes to retain the crunch for at least two to three weeks. Made during most festivities, but very popularly during Diwali all over in India, these delicious chakli's are welcome anytime and makes a perfect snack. these are devoured by those who like munching snack all day long.

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Specially during Diwali, but almost in all important festivals, every household in India has its own tradition of making Murukku through the years.

I remember Chakli/ Murukku making from my childhood which used to be a yearly ritual, in the past, when the preparations for getting it ready started several weeks in advance.  We sat through many nights along with our parents to make the murukku along with Adirasam (fried sweet made with rice and Jaggery) and stored them in big tins. These usually lasted us 2 months post Diwali, yes atleast 2 months!

Sharing these savouries and sweets with relatives, neighbours and friends was such a fun filled always looked forward to activity on the day of Diwali for children. Moreover we also received so many varieties of murukku's that came in from relatives, friends and neighbors on Diwali day, that we had boxes of murukku's and other variety of other sweets.

We would be so full of these from the making itself that we ate very little of these actually on Diwali day, but from the next day  onwards we would devour these as evening snack after school.  Each murukku was so distinctly different, that we remembered which home's murukku it was just with taste!

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Names of Chakli in Various Languages

Each state in India has their own version of the murukku or Chakli and it is called by various names in different parts of India, each version has its own unique taste.

  • Murukku in Tamil Nadu,
  • Chakkuli in Kannada,
  • Chakli in Maharashtra
  • Chakri in Gujarat
  • Chakralu or Jantikalu in AndraPradesh
  • Chakri or Chakkuli in Goa
  • Akar kalepa in Indonesia

Murukku or Chakli in English means "twisted" and it is literally rice lentil dough twisted and fried.Chakli in Tamil is called "Murukku". It has many variations based on the types and proportions of flours and lentils and the type of fat used.  

What does word chakli mean?

The word chakli means this same savoury snack as it is known in central and North India. It is a spiral shaped, pretzel-like snack with a spiked surface.  

What is chakli made of?

Traditionally Chakali is made of white rice flour and a lentil usually Urad dal or Moong dal or bengal gram and is flavoured with seeds like sesame or jeera or ajwain based on the region of India it is being prepared in. It has several variations, depending on the types and proportion of flours used.

What does chakli taste like?

Chakli has a light and crunchy texture and can be made spicy or non spicy based on preference. 

Each state in India has their own version of the murukku or Chakli and it is called by various names in different parts of India, each version has its own unique taste.

  • Murukku in Tamil Nadu,
  • Chakkuli in Kannada,
  • Chakli in Maharashtra
  • Chakri in Gujarat
  • Chakralu or Jantikalu in AndraPradesh
  • Chakri or Chakkuli in Goa
  • Akar kalepa in Indonesia

Murukku or Chakli in English means "twisted" and it is literally rice lentil dough twisted and fried.Chakli in Tamil is called "Murukku". It has many variations based on the types and proportions of flours and lentils and the type of fat used.  

What does word chakli mean?

The word chakli means this same savoury snack as it is known in central and North India. It is a spiral shaped, pretzel-like snack with a spiked surface.  

What is chakli made of?

Traditionally Chakali is made of white rice flour and a lentil usually Urad dal or Moong dal or bengal gram and is flavoured with seeds like sesame or jeera or ajwain based on the region of India it is being prepared in. It has several variations, depending on the types and proportion of flours used.

What does chakli taste like?

Chakli has a light and crunchy texture and can be made spicy or non spicy based on preference. 

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Types of Chakli

Aate ki chakli / Wheat flour chakli

Made with wheat flour Aate ki Chakli's or wheat flour Chakli's are a bit more crunchier than the rice murukku's. Wheat flour is steamed and then sieved before adding spice and seeds for flavourings to make the raw chakli's. This helps in getting the crunchy texture for wheat chakli's after deep frying.

Each state in India has their own version of the murukku or Chakli and it is called by various names in different parts of India, each version has its own unique taste.

  • Murukku in Tamil Nadu,
  • Chakkuli in Kannada,
  • Chakli in Maharashtra
  • Chakri in Gujarat
  • Chakralu or Jantikalu in AndraPradesh
  • Chakri or Chakkuli in Goa
  • Akar kalepa in Indonesia

Murukku or Chakli in English means "twisted" and it is literally rice lentil dough twisted and fried.Chakli in Tamil is called "Murukku". It has many variations based on the types and proportions of flours and lentils and the type of fat used.  

Chakli recipe / Chakli banane ki recipe/ Chakli recipe without bhajani/Instant chakli recipe/Wheat chakli recipe

Chakli ingredients

  • 3 cups rice flour (Indian standard measuring cup of 80 ml / 1/3 cup capacity)
  • 1 cup Wheat flour, not coarse flour
  • jeera (cumin seeds) 1 tablespoon
  • crushed green chilli or ½ teaspoon red chilly powder
  • crushed green chilli or ½ teaspoon red chilly powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds or white sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 tablespoon peanut butter

How to make chakli?

The below recipe makes 13 chakli's Please use same measuring cup to measure rice flour and plain flour.

Step By Step Recipe: 

  • In a wide bowl, mix all the dry ingredients first.
  • Then add peanut butter and knead to a soft dough or smooth dough. Dough consistency 
  • Put this chakli dough in a murukku/chakali mould or Sev maker machine with star shape mould and press it to chakali shapes ( or desired shapes and sizes ) on a parchment paper placed on a baking tray.
  • Shift to the oven and bake it at 130 degree for 30 mins to make yummy and healthy chakli's by avoiding the frying process which is unhealthy.
  • or if frying in oil per traditional recipe, heat oil in a wide kadai / frying pan and reduce heat to medium. Drop a pinch of dough in the oil to check if the temperature is right. Transfer the chakris / murukku into the cooking oil and fry on a medium heat until light golden color on both the sides in batches.   Drain and place on kitchen towel to absorb extra oil. Store in an air tight container.
  • Note: We do not recommend deep frying any food or using oil in any food due to its ill effects on health.

Gujarati chakli recipe/ Chakli recipe with rice flour and besan/ Chakli recipe punjabi style/ Ajwaini Chakli Recipe

Chakli ingredients

  • 1 cup Rice flour  preferably red or Brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup of Gram flour or Besan
  • Peanut butter 3 tbsp
  • Ajwain (carom seeds) 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • White Sesame seeds 1 tsp
  • Water as required
  • Salt as required

Step By Step Recipe: 

  • To make Murukku, first, take rice flour, gram flour and peanut butter according to the above-mentioned quantity in a large bowl.
  • Add cumin seeds, white sesame seeds, turmeric powder, red chili powder.
  • Now add ajwain, asafoetida, and salt to taste and mix well.
  • Mix the peanut butter well in the mixture well.
  • Boil water in another pan and mix in flour mixture, and make the soft dough. if required add few teaspoons of water. Keep in mind that the dough should be kneaded well and should be soft and not sticky. 
  • Cover the dough and keep it aside for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Bake the chakli at 140 degree for 25 mins, flip and bake again for 20 mins at 120 degrees. Please note this temperature and time varies based on the cooking oven used.

Chakli maker & Chakli machine

Chakli pressing machine

There are three types of chakli makers the traditional two side press type, the gun type and the rotating type Chakali maker. They are made of different materials.

Wooden chakli maker

Wooden chakli makers are less popular in current days, however these were very popular a decade or two ago. The drawback of these is that they have one predefined pattern on the murukku maker and it cannot be changed as it is fixed on the wooden base. However this is an items handed over generations in India and each family has one even if not used these days.

Steel chakli maker

The steel type press chakli maker or gun type chakli maker is famous nowadays. it is economical and has 15 jali's or pattern which can be changed. from star murukku to pakoda to sev, many many Indian namkeems can be done with just this one gun type steel chakli maker.

Plastic chakli maker

The plastic chakli maker is the cheapest option for chakli maker these days with a set of fifteen or sixteen discs for various shapes of snacks and cookies too. However it is not sturdy and prone to breakage over the time of use.

Brass chakli maker/ Sev Sancha machine

Brass type chakli maker is easy to clean and works with a rotating motion to extrude the dough to the shapes we require based on the jali's used. Comes with less number of 6 to 8 jali's with standard shapes. This is also used to make Idiappam in many Keralite homes. 

Automatic chakli making machine/ Electric chakli maker

The automatic chakli making machines  and electric chakli makers are used for commercial purposes and not for personal use. There are many completely automatic chakli making machines that can make multiple shapes and sizes of murukku's.

Which chakli maker is best?

For home use the stainless steel or brass type chakli maker works for different chakli shapes while the automatic chakli maker works best for commercial purposes.

How to use chakli press?

Fill the chakli press with the prepared dough which is a smooth pliable dough or soft chakli dough into the container with the required jali at the bottom. Press the gun type stainless steel chakli maker to extrude chakli of desired shapes. once used ensure all parts of the chakli maker is removed completely and washed clean. 

How to make chakli without chakli maker?

Chakli can be made without chakli maker by using

  • piping bags with star shaped nozzles or
  • even using a clean plastic or cloth pouch cut out at the end to extrude the chakli dough 

What Our Customers are saying about Tasty and healthy chakkali

Munching time saviour!

Its fun to be munching some snacks while working! Ragi butter murukku from Sampoorna Ahara was my saviour. It was crunchy and especially healthy. 

RANJITHA ACHARYA

Loved it!

It's a flavour packed murrukku. As soon as I saw the flavours, I wanted to try it right away. Enjoying the flavours with my entire family.

NANDAN K.

The packed food that I get is either really oily or too dry. With Sampoorna Ahara Wheat Chakali, I didn't have that issue. The food is perfectly made with great tastes. It keeps you wanting for more.

AMULYA

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Frequently asked questions about chakli

How many calories in 1 chakli?

Usually there is around 40 calories in a fried chakli and 20 calories in a baked chakli.

How to make chakli crispy?

Ensure to follow the right measurements of rice flour and water to make crispy chakli. If the gram flour is more than the rice flour measure then the chakli may not be crispy. 

Ensure optimum temperature is used, at much higher temperature's the chakli could be burnt and at low temperature's they remain undercooked. 

Ensure flour consistency is right. If too hard or if too much liquid the chakli may not be crispySift the flours to ensure clumps are not in the flour, this also helps in obtaining the crispy texture of the chakli

How to make chakli soft?

There are folks who want a softer chakli and the secret here is to increase the gram flour to rice proportion, more the gram flour the softer the Chakli will be. 

Why does chakli become soft?

When the chakli becomes soft after frying, this means

The proportion of gram flour is higher than the rice flour. Always follow right measurement of ingredients to ensure chakli's turn out crisp 

The temperature of oil used for frying is much lower and has not cooked the chakli well or

The oil temperature used for frying is much higher and has cooked the outside too soon while the inside is still soft and uncooked.

Moist dough also absorbs oil when frying but also leaves the murukku undercooked. Adding few teaspoons of rice flour helps in making a pliable soft dough.

What to do if chakli becomes soft?

Ensure the above issues are addressed and try making a new dough addressing the 3 issues discussed above.  Once the dough is right Chakli will be crisp.

Why chakli becomes hard?

If the Chakli becomes hard after frying, this means there is less fat in the dough before frying. Just the right amount of fat ensures the chakli is crispy and not hard.

Why chakli breaks while making?

Sometimes when extruding the dough, instead of strands, piece of dough comes. This means that the dough does not have enough moisture. 

What to do if chakli breaks while frying?

If the chakli breaks while frying, this means that the dough has too much fat in the dough. Adjusting the amount of fat content in the dough helps with the chakli not breaking while frying. Also if the flour is too moist adding few tablespoons of rice flour helps in getting the dough texture right.

Is chakli vegan?

Usually murukku or chakli is vegan and does not have dairy products, however there are specific murukku's which have little dairy butter added in the dough for softer and differently flavoured chakli's and these are also called benne murukku or Venne murukku. 

Is chakli safe during pregnancy?

Baked Chakli's satisfy the craving for crunchies without the ill -effects of deep frying and hence safe to be consumed during pregnancy.

Is chakli healthy? / Is chakli good for health?

Chakli fried in oil may be unhealthy but fortunately, there are several other cooking methods like baking, air frying and healthier fats you can use like nut butters instead to make crispy and delicious and healthy chakli's.Fortunately, there are several other cooking methods like baking, air frying and healthier fats you can use like nut butters instead. 

Is chakli good for weight loss?

Fried Chakli is high in calories due to the oil in it and hence not recommended for weight loss.

Is chakli gluten free?

Generally murukku's are made of rice flour, spices and salt and is gluten free. however we also have wheat or atta chakli's that are not gluten free.

Is chakli fried?

Traditionally chakli is fried in oil however it can be made healthy by baking.

How much fat in chakli?

Generally there is around 3g of fat in 1 chakli that is fried in oil.

How many chakli in half kg?/ How many chakli in 1 kg?

Each chakli weighs on average around 10 -15g based on its size and hence around 50 to 60 chakli's per half kg and around 100 murukku's per kg.

Can I buy Chakli online?

There are multiple online sites to order chakli online. 

Where to buy Chakli online in Bangalore?

You can buy baked oil-free chakli's and rice murukku's online at www.sampoornaahara.com

Can chakli be baked?

Yes, Chakli can be baked without a drop of oil by substituting oil with peanut butter.

What is the difference between the Indian snacks murukku and chakli?

Murukku is usually made with rice flour, is gluten -free and is commonly available in Southern India however chakli contains wheat flour and is commonly made in Northern India.

What is the difference between Murukku, Chakli and Sev?

The ingredients for making murukku, chakli and Sev vary apart from many other different. They differ in taste, flavour and texture as well. However they are all crunchy indian savouries. 

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