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.
Tips for a perfect chakli
When we first try to make it we might need some attempts to master it. You might see some issues like the below:
Why is murukku not crispy? Tips to make kurkuri chakli
If the oil is not very hot, the chakli will become light color and soft.
Why is my chakli breaking? Why does it not retain shape?
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.
Step by step pictures to make the brown rice chakli
How to make chakli?
Brown rice chakli
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup rice flour
- 25 gms cold butter
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- ¾ cup warm water
- Salt as per taste
- Oil for frying
- 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.
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