CHAKRALU OR JANTHIKALU AND ALSO WELL KNOWN AS CHAKLI OR MURUKU OR MURUKULU. A perfect South Indian tea time snack, which is famous for it's crunchy, crackling sound. In my child hood Amma use to make a big tin (air tight container) of this chakralu. And she makes many verities of this chakralu some times she mixes the dough with sour curd or with different flours and every time they taste just awesome. And my hubby he likes snack s like this, rather then usual rice or roti. Also he is having a habit of having snacks after his meal; I don't know how he eats snack s after his meal. I couldn't eat any thing after my meal. Any way here is the recipe for delicious and addictive chakralu………
Rice flour --- 3 cups
Besan (senga pindi, chick pea flour) --- 1 cup
Oil – 2 tab sp
Vaamu (Ajwain, carom seeds) – 1 tea sp
Salt to taste
Red chili powder --- 1 tea sp
Oil for frying
1. In a big bowl mix 2 flours, salt to taste, Red chili powder, vaamu mix well.
2. Heat 2 tab sp oil in a pan and add this oil to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon.
3. Now add enough water and knead in to soft dough
4. In the same time heat oil in a deep frying pan
5. Fix the disc with medium holes in the chakrala press ( muruku maker) and press on top of a polythene sheet.
6. Now lift them from the sheet and drop in to hot oil and fry till golden color in a very low flame.
7. If you fry them in a high flame they won't cook properly and become hard so fry them in a very low flame it will take time but result will be great and you can get yummy and crispy chakralu.
8. And one mere tip I want to share with you all is when you are pressing chakralu press them on the back side of a round ladle and slowly drop it with ladle this prevents oil burnings on your hand
Enjoy your snack.
THIS IS MY ONE MORE ENTRY FOR NAG S MONTHLY MINGLE# RAVISHIN RICE EVENT, STARTED BY MEETHA