Chakali

Happy Diwali everyone!! The festival of lights is here and celebrations are in full swing in India and all over the world where desi janta lives to celebrate this wonderful occasion. I personally love to light up the whole house as it brings such positive energy and beauty around. 

Diwali snacks are inseperable part of the festival, as they welcome everyone who comes home by satisfying the taste buds .  Tasty  snacks and sweets and they are piled up in big dabba's to be consumed during the festive season.The variety of snacks differ from state to state and the range is amazing as always in India.  In my house we made all kinds of snacks from shankarpali, chiwda, ladoo's, and chakli's. This year I tried to make some of them here in US and celebrate the festival with friends as they are like family away from home. We had so much fun making the diwali snacks from scratch and it is worth all the effort when kids love the homemade snacks as they are our biggest critics..!!and chakali is very good food 

Chakli is a crunchy snack made from rice and dal. The grains are grinded into a powder,mixed with water and deep fried using a chakli mould into golden brown pretty looking chakli. You can buy the chakli mould in Indian store and it can be used to make various snacks.

Ingredients

  • Makes 25-30 chakali
  • White Rice--4 cups(any type)
  • Chana dal--1 cup
  • Urad dal--1 cup
  • Ajwain seeds--1 tablespoon
  • Sesame seeds--1 teaspoon
  • Chilli powder--1 Tablespoon
  • Coriander powder--1 teaspoon
  • Ghee or butter--1 Tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Recipe

Step 1 ( Making Flour)

Wash the rice in water and lay it  on a cloth. Take a wide pan and roast the slightly  wet rice till light brown on low flame for 5-6 minutes and take off. Take the dals and wipe them clean with a paper towel (dont use water). Roast the dals for 7-8 minutes on low flame and combine with rice. Grind them into fine powder in a grinder or mixer. 

Step 2 (Making Dough)

Take around 2 cups water in a wide pan and boil it. Add chilli powder, Salt , ajwain seeds, sesame seeds, coriander powder, Jeera powder ,Ghee or butter and mix well. Keep stiring the water in circular motion and add the rice and dal powder mixing it well with water. Take off from the heat and let it cool. Mix it well after it cools down.

Step 3 (Chakli)

Heat oil in a pan or kadhai and fill the chakli mould with dough. Put the chakli on a piece of plastic paper and then hold it gently in yuor palm  and place it in oil. Deep fry till golden brown and take it out on paper towel.Store in airtight container.

Note:As you make chakli's the dough gets dry, use some water to make it soft so that it comes easily out from the chakli mould.

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