Murukku recipe | Chakli recipe


There are some things that taste good , only when its homemade. Murukku is one such snack.
I haven’t tasted any store bought ones that tastes as good as my mother’s or my grandmother’s homemade ones.
For those who don’t know what murukku is, its a crunchy yummy south Indian snack made of rice flour and urad dal flour (black gram) and some spices.

Usually in Hindu families these are  made as special treats for celebrations like diwali. In our house, my mom used to make it every now and then, like during school vacation time, or when someone goes back to college after holidays or whenever she had a few days off.

Its a bit time consuming process, making the dough to the right consistency and pressing it using the preser, but the end results absolutely worth it. Once you start making them home, i promise you won’t go back to the store bought ones.

Recipe adapted from here

Murukku / Rice flour chakli
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Cook time
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 24
  • Rice flour: 1 cup
  • Urad dal flour (black gram): ¼ cup
  • Asafoetida: ⅛ tsp
  • Cumin seed: 1 tsp
  • Butter: 1 tbsp
  • Warm water: as required
  • Salt: as per taste
  • Chili powder: ¼ tsp (optional)
  • Oil: enough for deep frying
To make urad dal flour
  1. Heat a pan on medium flame and dry roast urad dal, until it turns light brown in color and you get a nice aroma.
  2. Let it cool, and grind it to a fine powder. Sieve to separate the grains and grind the grains again to a fine powder.
To make rice flour
  1. Soak rice in water for 2 hrs. Wash and drain the rice and spread it on a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Once it gets partially dry, grind the rice to a fine powder.
  3. Sieve the powdered flour to separate any big grains, and grind the grains again to a fine powder.
  4. Heat a pan on medium flame and dry roast the rice flour until you get the nice roasted aroma.
How to make murukku
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the rice flour, urad dal flour, hing, cumin seeds, salt and butter.
  2. Add warm water to this mixture little by little, kneading with your hand until we get a smooth non sticky dough like the roti dough.
  3. Prepare the murukku presser with the star shaped template. Take a some dough and shape it like a cylinder by hand and fill in the presser.
  4. Take a parchment sheet and press the murukku on the sheet in small spiral shapes.
  5. Heat enough oil in a pan for deep frying. When oil gets really hot, drop 3-4 murukkus at a time and fry till it turns light brown on both sides.
  6. Drain on a paper towel and let them cool.
  7. Store in an air tight container, stays fresh for 2 - 3 weeks.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2-3

  • There is more info about the murukku press in my Pakkavada recipe post. Can be easily found in any Indian store.
  • I used store bought rice flour. My mother makes big batches of homemade flour which enhances the taste. But good quality store bought rice flour will also do a pretty good job.
  • If you have a flat slotted spoon, use that to get the spiral shaped dough off the parchment paper and to slide it into the oil for frying. This avoids the pressed dough from breaking apart.
  • Its always a good idea to double or triple the recipe to get a good big batch of murukkus. But for first time, always try with the quantities mentioned in the recipe and make sure you get the right crunchiness and taste.

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