Monday, October 24, 2011

Spicy Murukku / Chakali for Diwali with Step-by-Step pictures

Diwali!! The name brings memories of holidays, celebrations, firecrackers and Sweets and Savories. Though residing outside India has made us forget the holidays and miss the firecrackers, we still do not miss out on the celebrations and sweets part. The first and foremost snack prepared in our house is these murukkus. And this one in grandma's foolproof recipe. If you are a beginner in making murukkus, you can follow this recipe and method to the T (like I did) and I bet you would be happy with the outcome.
I started my diwali preparations yesterday with Seepu Murukku and made this Spicy Murukku today.
Ingredients:
Makes about 50 medium sized murukkus with standard cup measurements
Rice flour - 2 cups
Bengal Gram flour / Urad dhal flour - 1/2 cup 
Roasted Gram Dhal flour/ Pottukadalai maavu - 1/4 cup
Ajwain Seeds / Carom Seeds / Omam - 1/4 tsp 
Butter - 2 tsp - Do not compromise or substitute 
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Water - 1 1/4 cups - 1 1/2 cups (as needed to make the dough)
Oil - for deep frying

Method:
Mix the flours, chilli powder, salt and carom seeds well. Add butter and mix with your fingers so that it gets well incorporated into the flour mixture. Add water and make a soft dough. Cover with a wet cloth and set aside. Heat oil for deep frying. Prepare the murukku press by placing the star (chakali) attachment. Fill with dough. Press into a spiral murukku to a back of a big spoon. Gently place the pressed murukku in the oil. Fry until both sides are done and the bubbles around the murukku in the oil subside. Remove and place in a tissue paper to drain excess oil. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container.
Note:
I used home-made urad dhal flour. Dry roast 1/2 cup minus 1 tbsp of split urad dhal until it turns light brown. Process in a mixer to a fine powder. Sieve to remove grits if any. If using store bought urad dhal flour, dry roast until it is just warm. This is to remove the raw smell of the flour. 
You can replace ajwain seeds with 1 tbsp of sesame seeds for a variation.
And now I have a long list of events I want to send this Murukku to...
CWS - Rice event by Priya & Reva
Serve It - Festival Potluck event by me & Denny
My Diwali My way event by Khushi

39 comments:

  1. A nice round shape... crispy and yummy. Did the same murukku here.. am yet to post my recipies...

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  2. such perfect looking murukku! craving some right now!

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  3. perfect spirals...looks crispy n yum...happy diwali

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  4. What perfectly rounded chakkuli!!!! Nice one

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  5. AMAZING Perfection, krithi!! Hats off - Want to get in the car and drive up to MD :)

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  6. Prefect looking murukku, well done Krithi..

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  7. perfectly made, super yummy!

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  8. Wow, so amazing, your murukus are perfectly made.

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  9. Super yummy and delicious muruku...

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  10. Happy Diwali. Those murruku looks beautiful.

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  11. Murukku looks perfect and love the spiral shape,awesome clicks.

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  12. Perfect shape ... Wow looks yummy and delicious ....

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  13. Just like everyone, I'm also blown away by the perfection!! :)

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  14. Such inviting and perfect murukkus. Happy Diwali Krithi.

    Vardhini
    Event: Halloween Fiesta

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  15. happy diwali! so symmetrical and perfect!

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  16. Perfect shape & very yummy ... They are looking like vishnu chakra..

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  17. Nice swirls Krithi. Happy Diwali to u and ur family dear.

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  18. Happy Diwali wishes to u and ur family :)
    murukku looks perfect and crispy ...

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  19. Perfect murukkus....Happy Deepavali to u!!

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  20. hi krithi, wow, this is the best looking murukku i have ever see, happy diwali to you and family.bookmarked with thanks

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  21. perfect murukku...nicely captured!!happy diwali!!

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  22. OMG..Krithi I haven't seen such a perfect murukku before. Too good..Happy Diwali!

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  23. It is perfectly shaped, nice coloured. Truly inviting. Happy Diwali to you Krithi.

    Cheers,
    Uma
    My Kitchen Experiments

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  24. Perfect spiral shaped chakris..looks amazing..

    Happy Diwali To YOu!!

    Muskaan

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  25. Lovely spirals...I make my murukku exactly the same way....But mine don't come out this uniform....Good job dear...

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  26. Perfectly made murukku!! Love it

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  27. C'est super, je note car j'ai exactement le même appareil
    Je te souhaite une belle soirée
    Valérie

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  28. lovely murukkus...this and the seepu murukku!!

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  29. wow.. What a perfect chakli...

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  30. crispy crunchy chaklis...amazing presentation..very tempting

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  31. Hey krithi,
    Perfect murukku.mlooks superb, I wish could just bite into one right now :)
    You hav a lovely blog n am gonna definitely follow you here.
    I am new to blogging , do visit when you get time.
    Http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

    Cheers,manju

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  32. காம்பஸ்ல போட்டமாதிரி சூஊஊஊப்பர் ரவுண்டா முறுக்கை சுத்திருக்கீங்க கிருத்திகா! :) செமையா இருக்கு! முறுக்கெல்லாம் முடிஞ்சதா?? மீதியிருந்தா UPS-ல அனுப்பிவிடுங்க! :D

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  33. Wow tasty and crispy looking amazing too...

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  34. Perfectly made murukku...
    great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  35. Same here Sireesha! That made me crave for spicy and crispy!
    Hmmm, I'd love to take a bit! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Happy Diwali
    - Akhila
    Diwali Decorations

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