Shraavan is the auspicious month in the Hindu calendar, marking arrival of Ganesh Chathurthi amidst of heavy monsoon. It also nestles in numerous festive activities, each of which is significant and divine for the lives, who celebrate the nature as God. I visited my moms place, for a day this week. She prepared and packed some of the important snacks, which are regular during shraavan, one of which is chakli, a deep fried snack prepared from rice flour.
This is also one of the regulars in the ganesh chouti festive food menu. We in malnad, start savouring this delicious, crispy snack a month before the ganesh chouti and continue to do so for a month more.
I would call this a very simple, yet an absolute savoury snack. This super famous snack enhances the rice flour flavour so wonderfully, that I keep wondering, what a magic that the humble hot water creates when mixed with the rice flour.
- 1 1/2 cups of rice flour
- 1/2 cup roasted black gram/urad dal powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp jeera/cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp carom/ajwain seeds
- 1 cup of boiling hot water and salt to taste
- Oil for deep-frying
Method: Roast the rice flour on a low flame until it becomes aromatic. mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix with 3/4 cup of water. Mix it with utmost care, as the water is boiling hot. Mix thoroughly add more water if require. You need to have a tight dough.
Let it rest for 30 minutes. Mean while you can arrange the set up required for deep-frying. Fill the dough in the chakli maker press it on a grease proof paper (banana leaves works perfect, if you have access to it) or on a plate. Make swirls. Deep fry these swirls until done. (Untill they turn golden color).
**Chaklies can be saved in the airtight container for a month, or even more. No refrigeration require.
** Makes about 30 medium size chaklies