Chakkuli or chakli is one of the popular fried dish of every one. Especially South Indians like this dish and it can be prepared with different ingredients.Chakkuli mould is very important here to give a shape. Chakkuli the word has come from Sanskrit. ( the circular shape). The chosen flours are mixed with water and then made into thick dough. Then the dough is put into the mould and then pressed to give a round shape. Then fried in hot oil till they turn slightly golden brown and crispy. It can be kept for many days.
I remember my aunt used to prepare this chakkuli in large quantity during "Gokulastami Festival" and share with the neighbours around our home. Gokulastami festival falls in the month of August or September. It is the biggest festival celebrated in grand manner in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and all over India.It is believed that Shree Krishna is born on that day night. It is also a rainy season and the rains just slow down during this period and the weather is cool and nice to enjoy in South Canara.. Gokulastami is celebrated in grand way in Udupi and Shree Krishna temple is very famous temple here.
Home made things are always better and safe. You can prepare chakkuli at home and satisfy your taste bud and your people.Here Chiroti rava and rice flour are the main ingredients that I have used. Little spices like jeera and chilly powder are added to give a spicy taste. Crispy, crunchy chakkulis can be kept at least for 1 to 2 weeks in air tight bottles.
Chirote Rava (thin variety of Semolina) : 1 Cup
Rice flour : 3 Cups
Water : 1 Cup
Butter : 1 Table spoon
Salt : to taste
Chilly powder : 1 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1 Tea spoon
Sesame seeds : 2 Table spoons
Oil : 2 Cups ( To fry)
1. Keep a cup of water to boil on the stove. Add salt and let it boil nicely.
7. Now press the mould handle by turning it.Let the chakkuli fry nicely on both side. (I pressed the dough directly to the hot oil).
8. Fry it till both sides turn crispy and crunchy.(slightly golden brown).
9. Remove the fried chakkuli and put it on the kitchen tissue. It absorbs the extra oil.
12. Put them in airtight bottle when they are cool.
You can use water if necessary while preparing the dough. Do not add more butter, chakkuli may break in to tiny piece and spread in oil. Do not use any cooking soda or baking soda. Adding more chilly powder is optional. You can mix rice flour when the dough is bit cool. You can prepare chakkuli first on a plate and then fry them. At time you can fry 3 to 4. I directly pressed chakkuli in to hot oil. You can also prepare these type of chakkuli with medium size rava.
Time : 40 minutes.
Serves : 5 to 6.