Chakli is the delicacy of South india – something that is available in almost all the bakeries and local road side stalls. Nowadays the branded ones are available in plenty.
There are so many varieties in chakli like the Moongdal chakli, rice flour chakli, Ragi chakli etc. Here goes the recipe for Maida chakli. I wish to put up an easy recipe of Chakli which turns out very crispy and never be a flop at any time ! I say this because Rice chakli if properly not knead it will turn out soft, but maida chakli is really very easy to prepare and even the starters can give a try.
What you need to have:
1. Maida/All purpose flour – 6 cups
2. Split blackgram dal – 1 cup
3. Butter – 2 Teaspoons
4. Cumin seeds – 2 Teaspoon
5. White pepper – 1 Teaspoon
6. Sesame seeds – 2-3 Teaspoons
7. Salt To taste
Ingredients of Maida chakli
What you do with what you have:
1. Dry roast Blackgram dal on a medium flame in a broad based bowl till you get a pleasant aroma stirring ocassionally to get something that you see in the image below.
Dry roasted Split Blackgram Dal
2. Add cumin seeds and white pepper to it and powder it to a fine consstency in the dry grinder.
3. Sieve maida in the siever. Tie it in a white thin cloth and steam it in the pressure cooker for exactly 20 minutes. On steaming maida will be as shown in the image below. (It should be steamed as you would do with idlies i.e. without the cooker weight)
3. On cooling just press the lumps with your hands powder it and sieve it. Mix roasted Blackgram Dal powder from step 1 to maida and sieve it together around 2-3 times so that it gets mixed up evenly.
4. Add salt, butter, sesame seeds and mix well. Slowly add water and bring it to the consistency of chapathi dough and is as shown in the image below.
Ready Chakli dough
5. Insert dough into the Chakli mould such that it fits tight in the mould.
Chakli dough being inserted into the mould
6. Set your mould and roll out chakli of required size in circular form on a thick plastic sheet and is as shown in the image below.
Ready to fry chaklies
7. Place a skillet with 4-5 cups of cooking oil in it on a medium flame. When heated fry the above chaklies to light brown on both the sides.
Ready to serve chaklies is as shown in the image below.
Ready to serve Crispy Chaklies
Store it in airtight containers and will remain afresh for more than a month if fresh cooking oil is used.
How long it takes: 2 hours
Number of Chaklis: 100 of the above size