Chakli is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of making the Diwali Faral, at least that’s the case with me. I always start making the Diwali snacks with Chakli followed by sev.
I actually love to make chakli throughout the year, and store some in my kitchen, as they are perfect to serve with tea, and if you have unannounced guests, chakli can save your day.
I have many fond memories of making chakli since my childhood. During diwali i would always sit with my mom for 2-3 days and we would make various snacks filling boxes and then once we have made about 7 to 8 different varieties of snacks mom would fill couple of plates with all the items and ask me to take these plates to our neighbours. I had become such a custom for so many years that even now during diwali I try to make do the same.I might not be able to make 7-8 due to lack of time, but I try to at least make 3-4 different varieties of snacks.
Step by Step Video for ‘Chakli’ Recipe (Scroll Down for detailed & printable recipe)
Ingredients for making Chakli
- 1 cup Rice Flour
- ¾ tbsp Sesame Seeds/ Til
- 1 ¼ tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
- 2 tbsp Curd
- 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter/ Homemade Makhan
- 1 tsp or as per your taste Salt
- for frying Vegetable Oil
Prepping for Chakli
- In a large bowl, add the Rice Flour , Sesame Seeds, Salt and Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder. Mix well.
- Now add the curd and homemade butter and mix well. You should be able to make a rough mold when you press this mix in your hands. If not add a little more curd and butter.
- Add little water at a time and knead a smooth dough. Cover it up with a wet cloth and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
- After 10-15 minutes take the Chakli making machine also known as the kitchen press and oil the inside of this machine evenly.
Method for making the Chakli
- Take the dough and put it inside the cylinder part of the machine. Lock the machine.
- Take a thin plastic sheet to make chaklis on.
- Now apply pressure so that the dough comes out of the bottom of the cylinder, and move your hand in circular motion, 3-4 times or how big you want your Chakli to be. Then use your hands to end the chali and lightly press this end part on top of the last row.thus locking the chakli.
- Repeat this till all your chakli are made.
- In a frying pan add oil and heat the oil.
- Fry the chaklis till they are golden brown in color on both the sides.
- Remove on a plate covered with paper towel.
- Let the chaklis come to room temperature, before you eat. You can store them in an airtight container for 15-20 days.