Friday, February 22, 2013

Ragi Chakkuli/ Chakli

Ragi Chakkuli is a very popular snack. Ragi/ Finger millet is very healthy and I make ragi balls, dosa etc. I wanted to make chaklis but didn't have a recipe. I was thoroughly searching and finally found a good recipe here. I was very happy to see the recipe. I made slight variations in the measurement of the original recipe, to suit our taste buds.

My husband is a great fan of ragi as well as chaklis. Even I enjoyed eating them. Don't go by its looks. They do taste awesome. 

  • Ragi (Finger millet) flour- 1 cup
  • Rice flour- 1/2 cup
  • Chickpea flour/ Besan- 1/4 cup
  • Red Chilli powder- 1- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/ Jeera- 3/4 tsp
  • Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
  • Hot oil*- 3 Tbsp + extra for deep frying
  • Salt- 1 tsp
*Original recipe called for 6 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp worked fine for me.


Put all the ingredients in a bowl listed under 'Ingredients', except oil.

Mix well and then add the hot oil. Mix it using a spoon (as the oil is hot). After a while start mixing using your hand until oil is distributed all over.
Then add water gradually, in small amounts to get a soft yet firm dough.

Now keep the oil for heating on a medium-high. Now take the chakli making press. I used the plate having one hole.

Now divide the dough into two parts. Keep one part of the mixture closed (to avoid drying) and the other part in the mould. Now start rotating it in clockwise direction and make small/big chakli (the free end of the chakli should be sealed. otherwise there are chances of  it opening up). The dough is very delicate. So do this process carefully.

You can make chaklis on a parchment paper/ Aluminium foil/ Plastic sheet (as required for one batch. Don't make too much of them in advance. It will dry and fall apart while frying). I made 4-5 per batch . 
Then transfer it to hot oil carefully.

Fry them evenly on both sides, until they turn crispy (another indication of the end point is- the bubbles stop forming). Take it out and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.

Ragi Chakkuli is ready!!

Allow it to cool and then store them in an air tight container.

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