Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Snacks - Instant Delicious Chakli

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Chakli... The name rings instant delight. There are hundreds of recipes for chakli. This snack is a must for every south Indian home - both during functions and celebrations and also on daily snacks platter.

I love chaklis. They are easy to make,children love them and they can be prepared instantly and savoured for many days. I have tried different recipes for chaklis, some instant and some requiring days of preparation. But there are no two opinions regarding which chaklis taste authentic - the ones which are prepared using urad dal.

Urad dal gives that distinct aroma, delicious taste to chakli. But let us admit, grandma's  recipe for this authentic chakli, no doubt is numero uno, but the preparation time and the procedures involved need way too long time and energy, which is very scarce nowadays.

So when my colleague Radha brought delicious chaklis made from urad dal and informed that they are instant chaklis, I was all ears for its recipe. Thanks to her wonderful recipe, I could prepare these chaklis within half an hour for Gokulashtami and am sure Lord Krishna was also damn pleased and has blessed me to learn many more such things and share them with Him and you guys :-)

These crisp golden brown and delicious chaklis earned me brownie points from my daughter and hubby and boy, was I delighted! It was like icing on the cake.The pleasure  of cooking manifolds when a connoisseur appreciates it and when you get a little pat on the back and of course a big smile :-D

So want to try this wonderful recipe? Don't worry, there is no fear of it getting spoiled or getting it wrong, and it can be prepared within minutes using the ingredients available at home. Ok ok...The introduction was a bit long. And you want the recipe... Here you go:-)

Prerparation time :    5 minutes
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Cooking time       :    30 minutes

Ingredients :

Urad dal                     1 cup
Rice flour                   4 cups
Jeera                         2 tbsp
Til                             2 tbsp
Hing                          1/2 tsp
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Preparation :

Wash and cook urad dal in cooker for 5 whistles and let it cool.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl along with two teaspoons of heated oil.
Grind the cooked urad dal in mixie and add to the above.
Knead well adding water if required.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
Roll chaklis with chakli maker on a paper.
Fry over low oil till they turn golden brown.

Your crispy chaklis are ready. Don't forget to give me feedback after you eat them :-) Happy Cooking :-D