Chakli Recipe : How to Make Chakli or Chakri at Home

This Instant Chakli is the crispy and crunchy snack. It is most popular snack dish which prepared for Diwali. The Chakli is an awesome and flawless snack to prepare at home. There is nothing fancy about this snack yet it is very interesting to make as well to eat. It has the circular spiral shape with the crunchy texture and savoury taste. The Chakli recipe is easy to follow and simple to make at home.


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  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: The Chakli recipe is easy to follow and simple to make at home.This Instant Chakli is the crispy and crunchy snack which is populary prepared for Diwali.

Chakli Recipe

Let’s learn to make Chakli at home step by step.

Ingredients for Chakli Recipe:

  • Rice Flour (Chawal Atta) – 1 cup
  • Gram Flour (Besan) – ½ cup
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – ½ tsp.
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – ½ tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder (Haldi) – ¼ tsp.
  • Red Chilli Powder (Lal Mirch Masala) – 1 tsp.
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – 1 pinch
  • Sesame Seeds (Til) – 1 tbsp.
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Butter – 2 ½ tbsp.
  • Oil (for deep frying) – as required

Note: It is recommended to use homemade butter for making Chakli. You can also use oil instead of butter. The sesame seeds used can be white or black. The Chakli can be prepared from whole wheat flour.

Steps for Chakli Recipe:

It is very easy and simple to prepare Chakli at home. Firstly you have to make the Chakli batter and the dough. Then you have to roll the Chakli in the spiral shaped and finally deep fry the Chakli.

Make Batter for Chakli:

Chakli Mixture:

  • Take rice flour (Chawal ka Atta) in a bowl.
  • Add the gram flour (besan) to this bowl.
  • Properly sieve these two flours together.
  • Take a bowl and add sieved flour in the bowl.
  • Add ¼ tsp. turmeric powder in the flour.
  • Also, add the 1 tsp. red chilli powder in the flour.
  • Then add around ½ tsp. cumin seeds to the mixture.
  • Mix everything and add one pinch of asafoetida (Hing).
  • Then fold and combine the powders in the flour.
  • Stir everything and add ½ tsp. carom seeds in the mixture.
  • Now, season the mixture with the little bit of salt.
  • Mix nicely and keep the bowl aside for a while.

Note: you can fold the dry flour mixture with spoon or spatula.

Mix Melted Butter:

  • Once the ingredients are mixed, you have to proceed further.
  • Then, you need to add the melted butter to this dry mixture.
  • So, take a frying pan and place it on the stove.
  • Add 2.5 to 3 tbsp. butter in the pan and turn on the flame.
  • Melt the butter over the medium flame and turn off the flame.
  • Add the melted butter in the flour bowl and mix it.
  • Use spoon when mixing because the melted butter will be hot.

Note: You can also mix the melted butter in the dry flour mixture with your fingertips.

Make Chakli Dough:

  • Take a saucepan and place it on the stove.
  • Add 1 cup of water in the saucepan and heat it.
  • As the water becomes hot, turn off the flame.
  • Add hot water to the flour bowl and mix nicely.
  • Mix everything properly and begin kneading.
  • Knead the dough until you get a firm dough.
  • If the dough is too soft add more flour and knead again.
  • If the dough is too hard, then add little warm water and mix,
  • After making the dough, cover the bowl of the dough.
  • Keep this bowl aside for a while to rest. (Let it set for 30 minutes.)

Note: You must pour the water in the flour mixture in small parts. You can add more hot water if you require.

How to Make Chakli at Home:

Prepare the Chakli

  • After 30 minutes, check the Chakli dough.
  • Also, take Chakli maker (murukku maker) from your cupboard.
  • Clean it from inside and apply some water inside the Chakli maker.
  • Make small balls of the dough and add it in the Chakli maker.
  • Close the Chakli maker lid and tighten its lid to prepare Chakli.
  • Press the Chakli maker from the top and begin the process.
  • Move the Chakli maker in a circular way to make spiral shaped Chakli.
  • Spread the Chakli on the aluminium foil or butter paper or even a plain plastic.
  • When making Chakli, if the Chakli breaks, then add some water. Again knead the dough.
  • If the Chakli dough is coming out too easily and you are not able to make the shape, then add more flour. Mix the flour and knead it again.
  • At the end of the spiral Chakli, press the ends and close it.
  • You must form the Chakli till the dough breaks down to the end.
  • Keep holding the Chakli maker and press it till it forms the last concentric circle.
  • This way make all the Chakli over the butter paper.
  • Cover the formed Chakli with the kitchen napkin or cloth, so that they don’t become dry.

Note: Always make the Chakli over the butter paper or aluminium foil, so that it does not get stuck to the surface. Making the spiral shaped Chakli over the plastic paper makes it easy to remove the Chakli.

Fry the Chakli

  • Take a deep kadhai and place it on the stove.
  • Add saffola active oil in the kadhai and turn on the flame.
  • Heat the oil and wait until the oil is sufficiently hot.
  • Before you start frying Chakli, you need to check if the oil is hot enough.
  • So, as the oil becomes hot, add a small bit of dough and check the oil temperature.
  • If the dough bit rises too quickly, the oil is too hot. Lower the flame and let the oil cool a bit.
  • If the dough piece sits down, the oil is cold. Let the oil become hot enough to fry the Chakli.
  • If the dough piece rises gradually, means the oil ready to fry.
  • Now, lift the Chakli from the butter paper and slowly transfer 3 to 4 Chakli in the oil.
  • Gently slide the Chakli from the little height and deep fry them.
  • Flip each of the Chakli and fry from another side as well.
  • As the Chakli or chakri is golden and crisp, transfer it from the pan to a plate.
  • Use kitchen napkins to remove excess oil from the chakris.
  • Taste one fried chakri and check if the chakra is too hard or soft.
  • If the chakri is too hard, add some oil / ghee / butter in the dough. Then, knead again.
  • Also, taste the salt and adjust it.
  • After the Chakli is fried, also check if it has absorbed oil or not.
  • If the chakri breaks in oil, then add about 1 tbsp. rice flour in the mixture.
  • Knead the dough again and make more Chakli.
  • This way, fry all the remaining Chakli in small batches.

And your delicious savoury Chakri is ready!

Note: Do not fry more than 4 chakli’s at one time. You must not completely fill the frying pan. Otherwise, there would be no space to fry the Chakli evenly and flip it.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 150 calories
  • Total Time: PT60M
  • Serves: 12
  • Date Published:

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All the ingredients used are readily and easily available. You can buy Chakli from the store as well but nothing can beat the taste of homemade Chakli. This crispy Chakri has a mild spicy taste with strong sesame seeds flavour. In this Chakli recipe deep, the chakri is prepared from the gram flour with the rice flour. The batter is made and spiral shaped Chakri is deep fried.

This is the tastiest Indian snack recipe made from flour. This delicious Chakli is a deep fried snack. The preparation of Chakri is very easy and simple. The Chakri is made from gram flour, rice flour, wheat flour or a mixture of different lentil flours. The Chakli is are also known as murukku as well as it popular with the name “Chakri”.

Though its preparation is not tough, but you would need Chakli maker to prepare Chakli at home. The usual preparation of the Chakli is from the rice flour and gram flour (besan). These two flours are commonly available in almost every kitchen. This Chakli recipe has the detailed steps of making shop-style savoury Chakli.


  • Once the Chakli is fried wait for it to cool.
  • The Chakli becomes crisp once they are cooled.
  • You can eat the Chakli and store the remaining Chakli.
  • You can store the Chakli in airtight box or jar.
  • The Chakli must be hard on the outside but from inside it must soft to eat.
  • Always make the crisp and crunchy for the better taste.
  • The Chakli prepared from Besan is not too much crispier.
  • Instead of gram flour, you can use Jowar or bajra flour to make Chakri.
  • For the gluten-free Chakli, do not use the Asafoetida.
  • For the spicier Chakri, you can use ginger and green chilli paste.

Garnishing Ideas:

The strong aroma of the fried Chakli is enough to tempt the people. There is not much you can do to garnish the Maharashtrian Murukku. Once prepared, take them to the fancy serving plate or bowl. You can keep some coriander leaves or any fresh herb leaves over the fried Chakri.

Serving Suggestions:

This crunchy Chakli is must-have munchies! You can munch on this lovely Chakri at any time of the day. It is so delicious that you just cannot be satisfied with eating one Chakri. Once you eat it, you would keep on eating it. If you are wondering what to eat Chakri with, then check below:

  • You can serve Chakli plain without any side accompaniment.
  • This crispy Chakli is the best snack to pair with some spicy masala chai.
  • This can also be served as a snack with a cup of hot coffee.
  • This crunchy Murukku tastes great when eaten with coconut chutney.
  • The Plain Chakli can also be sipped masala milk or cardamom milk.
  • If you like the tangy flavoured green chutney, then eat Chakri with it.
  • You can also serve the Chakli with another snack like corn flakes Chivda.
  • Kids would like if you serve the fried Chakri with the homemade tomato ketchup.
  • Savour Chakli with some sweets like Nankhatai or Almond Cookies.
  • You can eat the fired Chakri with the sweet sandesh dish.

It tastes perfect with a hot cup of Chai. You can eat it on its own or with any other dish of your choice. Though it is an ideal tea time snack, you can enjoy it even with your complete meal.

Quick Tip:
  • The packet of turmeric powder is available in store. You can also make turmeric powder at home.
  • If the Chakli is breaking while it is formed, then it means that dough does not have enough moisture.
  • If you are unable get the spiral shape of Chakli, means that dough is too soft and has too much of moisture.
  • If you have used too much of butter or oil while making the chakri dough, then it will break while you fry it.
  • A little variation can be to keep everything for boiling except the flour. Then pour the hot boiled mixture over the flour and cover for few minutes. Then knead to a smooth dough.
  • The Chakli prepared from rice-flour or all-purpose flour are very crispy.
  • You can also make butter Chakli.
  • If you don’t have Chakli maker, then you can shape the Chakli with the piping bag but that’s little tricky.
  • Also, if you don’t want to use Chakli maker, then you can roll the Chakli dough into circular shape like roti or Chapati. Then, you can cut into vertical strips and deep fry it.
  • You can prepare the Chakli with the whole wheat flour. But it will make Chakli little dense.

You can customize the taste and the texture of the Chakli. You can make chakri spicy or mildly spicy based on your taste preferences. If you want spicier, then you add more red chilli powder. To make the little spicy chakri, you may add the green chilli paste along with the garlic paste or crushed garlics. To makes less spicy, you can skip adding the green chillies or reduce the gauge of red chilli powder. If you are making Chakli for kids then you can adjust the red chili powder accordingly.

Also, you can make the murukku crunchier, crispier and denser by making it from the whole wheat flour. But if you want to make the crunchy yet melt-in-mouth chakri, then you must steam the whole wheat flour before making the chakri batter. Any kind of flour you use, the final taste of the Chakri is going to be fantastic. The flour must be sieved properly to make the best tasting Chakri. Then you have to mix the flour with the various whole spices and the spice powders. Add the sesame seeds, green chilli paste, ginger paste, curd along with other herbs and condiments. Sesame seeds

Add the sesame seeds, green chilli paste, ginger paste, curd along with other herbs and condiments. Sesame seeds is important, do not skip adding them. They give the nice nutty flavour to the Chakli. The most important is the sesame seeds which give the chakri its taste and flavours. Add little melted butter and prepare the chakri dough. The addition of the butter makes the chakri more flavourful and infuses the salty taste. Add only a little bit of butter while you are kneading the dough to impart the saltiness in the dough. To enhance the richness of the chakri, you can also add the coconut milk with the melted butter. This will improve the taste and texture of the Chakli. It would also impart the sweet flavours and the aromatic fragrance.

It would also impart the sweet flavours and the aromatic fragrance. This will improve the taste and texture of the Chakli. It would also impart the sweet flavours and the aromatic fragrance. First you have to make the raw chakri from this dough. Add the dough to the Chakli maker and get the spiral shaped circular Chakli. Then deep fry these raw chakli’s in the heated oil. Fry the Chakli till they are golden and become light brown or dark brown in colour. By looking at the colour of the Chakli, you may feel it’s burnt, but it is not. When deep-fried it would become more dark and if you added extra red chilli powder, then it would look more reddish.

The perfect Chakri is the one which has the clear and proper center hole. It must have the sharp and nicely pointed marks on its surface. It must make a cracking sound when you break it or when you take its bite. The key to the best chakri in the correct consistency of the chakri batter. Be careful while you are making the batter. Keep the proportion of ingredients to their exact measure and knead the dough smoothly. There are many different methods of making Chakli at home. This Chakli recipes is the instant Chakli method. It makes the tasty Chakli instantly at home with ease. Once you know how to make the basic instant chakri, then you can also prepare butter chakkuli, Palak chakkuli, besan chakkuli, spicy Chakli etc.

Once you know how to make the basic instant chakri, then you can also prepare butter chakkuli, Palak chakkuli, besan chakkuli, spicy Chakli etc.The crispy and crunchy Chakli is prepared during the grand festivals of Maharashtra and South India. This delicious savoury snack has become popular for almost all the major celebrations. It is little salty and mildly spicy. It is crispy and crunchy with little softness. It is best paired with the various Indian sweet dishes. When you eat lot o sweet, you crave for some savoury dish. And chakri is the most ideal and snack to have keep the calories in mind. If you are calorie conscious, you can eat Chakri just enough to give the zest of savoury flavours.

The tasty Chakli a popular fried snack all throughout India. This crispy, crunchy and delicious snack can be also be prepared for holidays. It is handy to prepare Chakri in advance and pack for picnics and small trips. There is a fixed technique to get the spiral shaped Chakli. Thought the Chakli is prepared with the one method but you can make it in many different ways. You can prepare the Chakri at home using different pulses with rice. The different combinations to make the Chakli are mentioned below. You can make Chari at home with:

The different combinations to make the Chakli are mentioned below. You can make Chari at home with:

  • Rice Flour and Moong Dal.
  • Rice Flour and Urad Dal.
  • Rice Flour and Gram Flour.
  • Only the Whole Wheat Flour
  • Rice Flour, Moong Dal, Gram Flour and Urad Dal.

The Chakli (Chakli or Murukku) can be also created in different ways.

  • Boil the Moong Dal and then grind it. Then mix the rice flour with the ground Moong dal. Add all the spices and make the Chakri dough.
  • Mix the Moong Dal with the Urad dal. Also add and mix the gram Dal. Then roast these lentils and grind them to the powder. Mix with the rice flour. Knead the dough.
  • Mix the Moong Dal flour with the Urad Dal flour. Then add the gram flour and combine. Mix all the flour with the rice flour together. Add the spices and knead the mixture to prepare the Chakri dough.

The method which you choose depends on which content is available in your kitchen. You can create the piston of rice (Rice Chakli) with any flour and with any method.

How do you make Murukku?

The spiral shaped fried snack of flour is called as Chakli. It also known by various other names in Indian. The different names of Chakli are chakkuli, chakuli, chakri, jantikalu, murukku, chakali, chakralu and many more. As the Murukku is another name of Chakli, it also prepared in the same way you make the Chakli at home with the simple and easy Chakli Recipe.

How to steam wheat flour?

At times, before preparing the Chakli Batter, people prefer to steam the flour. This is an optional process but if makes Chakli crispy yet it easily melts as soon it is kept in mouth. Don’t skip steam cooking flour, if you are making the Chakli with the wheat flour. Also, you must follow this step if you are making Chakli for the older people who have difficult in chewing.

Follow the steps to steam the whole wheat flour:

  • Take a small sized container with a lid.
  • The container must fit within the pressure cooker.
  • Take a good capacity pressure cooker.
  • Transfer whole wheat flour the container with lid.
  • Now, fit the container in the cooker and close the lid.
  • Pour 2 cups water in it and place a metal stand.
  • Keep the container filled with flour over the metal stand.
  • Close the pressure cooker and steam the flour.
  • Wait for it to cook over medium flame.
  • It can take around 20 minutes or for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Turn off the flame and let it cool for few minutes.
  • Wear the gloves or hold the lid with the cotton napkin or oven gloves.
  • Now, slowly open the pressure cooker lid.
  • Carefully remove the container from the cooker.
  • Transfer steamed wheat flour to a large mixing bowl.
  • The flour would turn hard during steam cooking.
  • Break it with the pestle into powder form.
  • Sieve it and discard all small and large lumps.
  • Then add the spice powders and mix everything.

How to Make Chakli or Chakri in Microwave?

Just like the different names, even the preparation of the chakri is different in every region. This popular deep-fried snack can be made healthier if you can bake it. Also, if you are preparing the Chakri in the festive time, then you would have less time. In this case, you can use the baking method as it takes less time to make the Chakli at home.

This simple recipe of the delicious deep fried Chakli is a real treat for all the health conscious people. Those are worried about their weight and do not eat chakri because of dieting can now enjoy this snack. The fried version of the Chakli contains calorie in high amount. It has loads of fat and thus not many people can enjoy eating the Chakli. Just 1 tsp. of oil and you are set to make the Chakli. The baked Chakli is near to the perfection which almost similar taste and texture like the fried chakri.

This method reduces the calories in Chakli to a significant number. By baking the Chakli in oven, you are not only saving on calories but also on your time. It is not all difficult to prepare the chakri in the microwave oven. We are generally used with the frying method and you might be scared to attempt making it in them microwave. But do not worry, follow the simple steps below for the Microwave method of the Chakli Recipe.

The baked version of these munchies is just so easy to prepare. You can make Chakli any day, anytime and anywhere if you have the required ingredients and microwave oven. This healthy baked version of the Chakli is a bliss for all the health conscious folks. Even if you are trying to bake the Chakli for the first time, then do not hesitate. Try it as it is simple and good to make the healthy food.

  • Take 1 cup rice flour (Chawal ka Atta) in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the ½ cup low-fat curds (Dahi) with the flour.
  • Mix the 2 tsp. sesame seeds (Til) and sprinkle 1 tsp. red chilli powder.
  • Add a pinch of asafoetida (Hing) and mix.
  • Season the mixture with salt to taste and drizzle 1 tsp. oil.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix well and knead into a semi-soft dough.
  • Add enough water to the chakri dough while kneading.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  • Put the mixture into a Chakli Maker.
  • Press out round swirls of the dough.
  • Form the raw Chakli on the greased baking tray.
  • Make the Chakli from the centre to the outside to the swirls.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180°c (360°f).
  • Bake these chakli’s in an oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Wait till they are crisp and light brown in colour.
  • After 15 to 20 minutes, turn all the chakli’s.
  • Gently flip the Chakli. You can use a flat spoon.
  • Once baked, take the baking tray out and keep it on the tray.

Note: A little bit more of oil can bake the Chakri faster and can also make it softer.