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Murukku (Chakuli)..... (step-by-step)

There was a powercut and my son was terribly bored ....I dint want him to go outside because of the I invited him to my kitchen to make this murukku and he did all the mixing and everything....i just need to do the frying....well, he is a good helper....

Come summer holidays my ammachi (grandmother) used to stock up murukku for us kids. It was supposed to be a healthy snack as it is made of rice flour and besan flour..Murukku as this is called in Malayalam is usually made with besan flour akka chickpea flour (gram flour)...its a traditional snack  The mix is made into a soft dough which is formed into a spiral or coil and it  is deep fried in oil and can be kept air tight for days (I mean if it lasts!!). This recipe is very different from the usual murukku recipe as it has more of rice flour....and it is more soft and crunchy. The secret is that the rice flour is tied in a cotton cloth and steamed for 10 min and then it is mixed with the besan flour to be made into a soft dough.

You will be seeing more of my sons little hand at work here :) infact he did all the spiral works.


Rice flour: 1 cup (rice flour should be very fine, use idiyappam or pathri flour or you can ask for fine rice flour at Indian stores).
Besan flour: 1/2 cup
Kashmiri red chilly powder: 1 tsp..
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp.
Till seeds: 1 tsp.
Butter/ghee/vegetable shortning, melted: 2 tbsp.
Oil for deep frying.

1. Put the rice flour into a kitchen napkin.

2. Simply cover it and put it in the steamer.

3. Let it steam away for 10 to 15 min.

4. Once it has cooled down, open it and transfer it into a bowl. Break the lumps with your hand.

5. Heat the butter or ghee.

6. Put the besan flour into it and fry it on low flame, the color should not careful here...this is to make the raw smell go.

7. Mix this with cooled rice flour.

8. Put in the red chilly powder, cumin seeds, till seeds, and salt.

9. Make it into a soft dough with should not be too loose or too hard.

10. This is the murukku achu.

11. Put the dough into it.

12. Close it.

13. And squeezzzze!!!

14. Into spirals....aint it son did it :)

15. I like this one better.

16. Deep fry them in hot oil.

Serve them with milk or chai or coffee.


  1. Love the Muruku..but never tried making it:-)
    Thanks for the step by step clicks..Now i am totally tempted to make a few:-)

  2. the chakli has come out super good ! nice

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice step by step pictures for muruku. I have never made it by steaming the flour. Love the pictures too.


  4. Murukku looks so crunchy... Perfectly done...

  5. wow, nicely explained. Like ur step by step presentation.

  6. delicious looking crispy murukku

  7. hi nisha,
    Thanks for visiting me :P hope to see u around...
    loved ur blog with some traditional kerala recipes :P and lovely snaps.
    The murukku looks melt in mouth types ...

  8. Crispy & tempting murrukkus!!! Thank u Nisa for such detailed & clear instructions :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. Feel like munching some,crispy chakulis tempts me a lot..

  10. Murukku have come out looking perfect..this is my fav tea time snack..can munch on many of these.

  11. hi nisha,
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  12. Murukku look yum... Very nice step-by-step pics:)

  13. YUM! This looks so good! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would stop by and check out my blog and follow me too! THanks!

  14. I am sooo late visiting this week! Thanks for linking this up to Fat Camp Friday, see you tomorrow!

  15. What a very interesting dish and it looks so good too.I love reading your post

  16. edo ur step by step presentation very helpful..waiting fr more snack recipes...

  17. fav...i liked you step by step marked...seems easy to make..must try,,,

  18. wow.. i am going to make murukku..looks so delish....chchi, i don't have a murukku maker but can i do it with idiyappam maker priya

  19. Looks so delicious and mouth watering murukulu.Nice presentation.

  20. i tried this.but sad, didn't turn crispy;( guess some problem with the temperature level of oil. can u help me? whether i have to keep it in full flame or medium?

    1. nimmi-did you steam the raw rice flour for sometime??? and fry the besan flour?? these two are important....the oil should be very hot and once u drop the chakuli you can simmer the fire on and let me know how it turned out...coz this is the only murukku I make at home..and it has never failed me...

    2. yea, i did both...but it was soft like sponge.
      i love all your recipes, and am sure it never fails!

    3. Nimmi-this is thought provoking my dear...because I have made this countless times and I have never experienced this spongy texture...hmmm wondering where it went wrong. Wish I could just hop over and help u make this :(

    4. thanks for your replies...will try again, bt not now;(

  21. tried again, turned good this time!

    1. Nimmi-That's good news nimmi...i am soooo happy that finally it worked for u...hope u enjoyed the snack as much as I did.

  22. Hi thank u for posting the step by step instruction. This helped me a lot and it came out beautifully :) I hav a question though, why is it important to steam the rice flour or roast the besan? What does these steps do for the murrukku?


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