Chakli or Murukku or Desi pretzel is a crispy snack made out of rice flour batter. It is a fried savoury much loved by kids and adults. They come in various flavours like butter, tomato, spicy ,non spicy depending on the target audience. It is a great way to have some tidbits. Crunchy savories with tea taste just so great. You can also have some crunch to normal dal and rice.
Gluten-free Chakali is my way of add crunch into my daily routine. It is perfect companion for my evening tea or when someone comes home. This recipe is our take on the normal rice chakli by making it out of brown rice instead of normal white rice. I try to use brown rice whenever possible. Brown rice khichdi is another great recipe you can try. It gives a great texture to normal dal khichdi.
How food is important as a business?
Traditionally, Indian women have always been making these at home.Papad, chakli, biscuits, mawa cake, dhokla are all sold in small packets by many women help groups or gruh-udyog .It is a common sight in local trains to see people selling home made snacks. This is a boon to those who are in stressful jobs and need something to eat on-the-go.
Kids love crunchy snacks so many buy it from outside. Most working couples hardly have time after travelling for long hours. Buying it from women help groups helps them have some extra money. Makes them independent in the long run. It helps them monetarily also. Now with lock-down in place , it is time to make your own.
- brown rice flour
- rice flour
- cold butter
- sesame seeds
- red chilli powder
- warm water
- Salt as per taste
- Oil for frying
refer to recipe card for details.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and knead with water.
Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 mins.`
Using the chakli maker,press and make circular chakli(shaped like pretzels) on a butter paper.
Heat oil in a frying pan,Slide the chakli one by one and fry until golden brown.
Store in an air-tight container.
- mixing bowl
- sev press /chakli maker
- baking paper
Store them once they cool down completely. Fry them or reheat chakli in air fryer to keep them crisp if they are soggy after few weeks.
If the oil is not very hot, the chakli will become light color and soft.
If the dough is very tight, it breaks. If it doesn't retain shape after making, there is too much water in the batter.Slowly with practice you can get the batter consistency right.
Brown rice chakli
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and knead with water.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 mins.
- Using the chakli maker,press and make circular chakli(shaped like pretzels) on a butter paper.
- Heat oil in a frying pan,Slide the chakli one by one and fry until golden brown.
- Store in an air-tight container.
You can grind in a spice grinder if you do not have the brown rice flour.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove