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Chakli Murukku – Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

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Chakli is a popular spiral shaped, savory snack from India, traditionally deep fried. This recipe demonstrates 3 different non-deep fried  methods – Instant Pot chakli using Mealthy crisplid, Air Fryer and oven baked chakli, thus making these chaklis low fat, and way more healthier than the traditional deep fried version. Also, this recipe uses Avocado, highly nutritious and low in calories, to bind the dough, thus making the chakli lighter and healthier. This recipe is VEGAN, NUT-FREE.

Try these low fat chakli without compromising on it’s taste. These chaklis are simple, delicious, and super healthy than the deep fried version. Munch on these healthy bites any time of the day. 

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

India is known for it’s cultural heritage, diversity, festivities, food and much more. Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights, most popular festival and usually lasts for 5 days. Diwali is celebrated all around India with all the zest and love.

Growing up in India, for me Diwali was a month long celebration, from decorating the home to buying new clothes, and of-course the major focus of any celebration being the food. From homemade sweets to savory snacks to a lavish meals served during the festival time.

I remember my mom used to start preparing for Diwali almost a month ahead. She used to make lots of sweets and savory snacks to share with family and friends. Some of the sweets were gulab jamun, khoya burfi, motichoor ke ladoo, besan ki burfi and my all time favorite kheer (rice pudding).

My mom used to also make many dry snacks such as namak pare, shakar pare, mathri, sev, boondi, farsi poori, namken and of-course my favorite these chaklis. No Diwali would be complete without homemade sweets and these crunchy, munchy savory snacks. We used to devour these snacks for weeks. Since these snacks have a long shelf life, these can be made ahead and stored in an air-tight glass container.

The day after Diwali, is celebrated as a New Year in India. Where friends and family visit each other’s homes and wish New Year greetings and share homemade sweets and these yummy goodies. My mom used to make gift boxes with homemade goodies and distribute among friends and family. Love this tradition!!

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

WHAT IS CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

Chakli, also known as “Chakari” or “murukku”, is a savory, crunchy snack, typically made during festival time in India. This deep fried spiral shaped snack is made with different combinations of lentils, and spices, shaped into spirals and deep fried until golden brown.

There are many versions of chakli. In Gujarat, Chakri is made using whole wheat flour or rice flour. In southern part of India, it is called Murukku, and is made with rice flour and some basic seasonings. In Maharashtra, Chakli is made using homemade flour known as “Bhajani”.

Commonly used lentils flours include rice, bengal gram (besan), wheat flour and black gram (urad dal). Depending upon the type of flour(s) used, and also the different spices used in making the chakli, the taste and flavor will be different.

I remember my mom used to make this chakli using rice flour. Sometimes, she also used to add some spinach puree to make it a spinach chakli or tomato puree to make tomato chakli. Thus, you can add flavors as per liking.

Today, I am sharing my version of this chakli recipe, inspired my mom’s recipe. I am making today, avocado chakli, using avocado as a fat in this recipe instead of ghee or butter. Also, traditionally these chaklis are deep fried. I will be sharing 3 different methods of cooking these chaklis – Instant pot chakli using mealthy crisplid, oven baked chaklis, and air fried chaklis.

These, chaklis are made with fraction of oil. No deep fried, almost no oil, healthy chaklis, which taste just like the traditional ones but are way healthier. Indulge in guilt-free eating, enjoy these healthy chaklis with a cup of hot tea. If you try my recipe, please share your feedback with us. Would love to know your creations in the kitchen.

 

INGREDIENTS FOR CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

 

 

RICE FLOUR

BESAN (CHICKPEA FLOUR)

AVOCADO

SESAME SEEDS (WHITE / BLACK)

AJWAIN

TURMERIC POWDER

RED CHILI POWDER

ASAFOETIDA (HING)

BAKING SODA

WATER

OIL 

SALT 

 

RECIPE VIDEO – CHAKLI (MURUKKU), 3 NON-FRIED METHODS


 

HOW TO MAKE CHAKLI (MURUKKU) DOUGH

In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients – rice flour, besan, turmeric powder, red chili powder, asofeotida, ajwain, sesame seeds, baking soda, and salt to taste. Mix well to combine the dry ingredients. Keep it aside.

In another mixing bowl, add the avocado, using a fork mash the avocado to a smooth consistency.

 

 

Add this mashed avocado to the dry ingredients and knead the flour into a semi-soft dough. Gradually, add water, around 2-3 tablespoons or as needed to just combine the dough into a smooth ball. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, to prevent it from drying. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE CHAKLI (MURUKKU) USING CHAKLI MAKER

To make the chakli, you need chakli maker or machine. I use the following chakli maker for making the chaklis.

 

 

Place the chakli disc with star shape into the chakri maker. Grease the chakli maker with some cooking oil (or spray). Take a small portion of the dough and add it to the chakri maker. Fill the chakri maker with the dough, leaving about a centimeter of space from the top to close the lid (handle). Screw the top of the chakli maker and press the handle.

On a plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, start by pressing the handle and moving the chakli maker in a circular motion to create the spiral shape chaklis. I prefer around 3-4 circular rounds for a medium size chakli. Towards the end of the 4th circular round, break the dough and secure it, by gently pressing the loose end to the outermost circle, so the chakli stays together.

 

OVEN BAKED CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

Line a baking tray 9*13 inches with some parchment paper. Make the chaklis directly on the parchment paper. Start by pressing the handle and moving the chakli maker in a circular motion to create the spiral shape chaklis. I prefer around 3-4 circular rounds for a medium size chakli. Towards the end of the 4th circular round, break the dough and secure it, by gently pressing the loose end to the outermost circle, so the chakli stays together.

Continue with the process, and finish making the remaining chaklis until there is dough left in the chakli maker. You can make around 12-14 medium size chaklis. Fill the chakli maker with the remaining dough and repeat the process. You can fit around 12 chaklis on the baking tray. This recipe makes around 24-28 chaklis.

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

Bake the chaklis at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes, turning half way through. After 20 minutes, gently flip the chaklis using a spatula. With the help of the pastry brush, apply some oil on top of the chaklis, bake for another 10-15 minutes or until light golden in color and crisp. Note: Different oven temperature settings work differently, please keep an eye on these as they can get burnt quickly. It took me around 35 minutes of cooking time.

 

 

 

Pic shown: Oven baked Chakli (Murukku)

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

INSTANT POT CHAKLI (MURUKKU) USING MEALTHY CRISPLID

IMPORTANT: Completely UNPLUG the Instant Pot unit, before proceeding with this recipe.

Using a pastry brush, grease the crispy basket with some cooking oil. Carefully, lift the chaklis and place them in the crispy basket. Using a pastry brush, apply some oil on top of the chaklis. You can place around 7 small size chaklis. Note: Make only chaklis that will fit into the crispy basket. Keep the dough covered until next batch of cooking.

Place the trivet (that comes with crisplid) inside the inner pot of Instant Pot. Place the crispy basket on top of the trivet. Now place the mealthy crisplid on top of the inner pot. Plug the crisplid and lower the handle.

Air fry these chaklis at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through. After 8 minutes, open the crisplid and using a fork or spatula gently flip the chaklis, apply some oil on top and air fry for another 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, check if the chaklis are done. If required add few more minutes of cooking time in the increments of 1 minute.

 

 

Continue with the process, and finish making the remaining chaklis until there is no dough left in the chakli maker. Fill the chakli maker with the remaining dough and repeat the process. You can make around 32-36 small size chaklis.

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Chakli using Mealthy Crisplid

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

AIR FRYER CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

Using a pastry brush, grease the air fryer basket with some cooking oil. Carefully, lift the chaklis and place them in the air fryer basket. Using a pastry brush, apply some oil on the top of the chaklis.

Air Fry these chaklis at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through. After 8 minutes, open the air fryer, and using a spatula gently flip the chaklis, apply some oil on the top and air fry it for another 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, check if the chaklis are done. If required add few more minutes of cooking time in the increments of 1 minute.

Note: Depending upon the size of the air fryer basket, you can add the chaklis. I could fit around 6 chaklis in a 5 quart air fryer.

 

 

Continue with the process, and finish making the remaining chaklis until there is dough left in the chakli maker. Fill the chakli maker with the remaining dough and repeat the process. You can make around 32-36 small size chaklis.

Pic Shown: Air Fryer Chakli

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

PRO TIPS FOR THE BEST CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

Use ripe avocado, mash it to a smooth consistency and use it immediately for making the dough. The longer the avocado sits, it starts discoloration.

Use minimum water to just bind the dough into a smooth ball. Remember the more moisture the dough has the longer it will take for it to cook (air fry or bake). We just want enough moisture to bind the dough and foam chaklis out of it.

To foam chaklis the dough should not be too dry or too wet. If the chaklis break when you are foaming, add around 1-2 tablespoon of water and knead the dough again.

If the chaklis do not foam into a spiral shape, means the dough is too wet. Adjust the consistency of the dough by adding some more rice flour.

Taste the dough for the seasonings, add salt and red chili powder to your liking.

There is no need to add any additional oil or any kind of fat to this recipe. The avocado does the job of adding the required fat to make these oil free chaklis.

Use Baking Soda NOT Baking Powder. Baking soda gives nice crunch to the chaklis.

Make sure to secure the loose ends of the chakli, by gently pressing the loose end to the outermost circle, so the chakli stays together.

Don’t forget to apply some oil on top of the chaklis for that nice brown color and it also crisps evenly. I prefer using pastry brush, gives me consistent results. When using cooking spray, I see uneven browning of the chaklis.

For Instant Pot and Air Fryer, foam chaklis in small batch, as needed, to prevent discoloration of the chaklis.

Once the chaklis cool completely, store the chaklis in a clean, air-tight glass container. The chaklis stays good for 2-3 weeks. 

Temperature cooking can sometimes be quite tricky. Please use timing as a guideline. Different oven/air fryers work on different temperature settings. Keep a close eye on these while baking/air frying as these can go from light brown to burn in no time.

Pic Shown: Top to bottom – Oven baked Chakli, Instant Pot Chakli using Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer Chakli

 

Chakli Murukku - Instant Pot Mealthy Crisplid, Air Fryer, Oven baked

 

 

CAN I MAKE CHAKLI WITHOUT USING AVOCADO

Yes, absolutely, you can make chaklis without using avocados. Substitute half cup of thick yogurt plus 2-3 tablespoons of ghee or butter to bind the dough. Follow rest of the recipe as discussed earlier.

For Vegan Chaklis, substitute vegan butter or any plant based oil instead of avocado.

HOW TO STORE CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

Chakli (Murukku) stays fresh of 2-3 weeks at room temperature. Store it in a clean, air-tight glass container. Use clean, dry hands to remove the chakli from the jar.

 

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Chakli Murukku

Try these low fat chakli without compromising on it’s taste. These chaklis are simple, delicious, and super healthy than the deep fried version. Great as a tea time snack or even for those little hunger strikes. Munch on these healthy bites any time of the day. 
Course Appetizer, snacks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chakli,chakali,chakkuli, chakri,chakralu,murukku, instant pot,mealthy crisplid, instant pot chakli using mealthy crisplid, air fryer,air fryer chakli,low fat,healthy recipes,oven baked
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

Instructions

HOW TO MAKE CHAKLI (MURUKKU) DOUGH

  • In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients – rice flour, besan, turmeric powder, red chili powder, asofeotida, ajwain, sesame seeds, baking soda, and salt to taste. Mix well to combine all the dry ingredients. Keep it aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, add the avocado, using a fork mash the avocado to a smooth consistency.
  • Add this mashed avocado to the dry ingredients and knead the flour into a semi-soft dough. Gradually, add water, around 2-3 tablespoons or as needed to just combine the dough into a smooth dough.
  • Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, to prevent it from drying. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.

HOW TO MAKE CHAKLI (MURUKKU) USING CHAKLI MAKER

  • You will need CHAKLI MAKER
  • Place the chakli disc with star shape into the chakli maker. Grease the chakli maker with some cooking oil (or spray).
  • Take a small portion of the dough and add it to the chakli maker. Fill the chakli maker with the dough, leaving about a centimeter of space from the top to close the lid (handle). Screw the top of the chakli maker and press the handle.
  • On a plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, start by pressing the handle and moving the chakli maker in a circular motion to create the spiral shape chaklis. For medium size chakli make around 3-4 circular rounds.
  • Towards the end of the 4th circular round, break the dough and secure it, by gently pressing the loose end to the outermost circle, so the chakli stays together.

OVEN BAKED CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

  • You will need two 9*13 inches BAKING SHEET, PARCHMENT PAPER
  • Line two 9*13 inches baking tray with some parchment paper. Make the chaklis directly on the parchment paper.
  • Using a pastry brush, apply some oil on top of the chaklis. Bake these chaklis at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes, turning half way through.
  • After 20 minutes, gently flip the chaklis using a spatula. With the help of the pastry brush, apply some oil on top of the chaklis, bake for another 10-15 minutes or until light golden in color and crisp.
  • You can fit around 12 chaklis on the baking tray. This recipe makes around 24-28 medium size chaklis.

INSTANT POT CHAKLI (MURUKKU) USING MEALTHY CRISPLID

  • You will need MEALTHY CRIPSLID
  • IMPORTANT: Completely UNPLUG the Instant Pot unit, before proceeding with this recipe.
  • Using a pastry brush, grease the crispy basket with some cooking oil. Carefully, lift the chaklis and place them in the crispy basket. Using a pastry brush, apply some oil on top of the chaklis. You can place around 7 small size chaklis.
  • Place the trivet (that comes with crisplid) inside the inner pot of Instant Pot. Place the crispy basket on top of the trivet. Now place the mealthy crisplid on top of the inner pot. Plug the crisplid and lower the handle.
  • Air fry these chaklis at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through.
  • After 8 minutes, open the crisp lid and using a fork gently flip the chaklis, apply some oil on top and air fry for another 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, check if the chaklis are done. If required add few more minutes of cooking time in the increments of 1 minute.
  • Continue with the process, and finish making the remaining chaklis. You can make around 32-36 small size chaklis.

AIR FRYER CHAKLI (MURUKKU)

  • Using a pastry brush, grease the air fryer basket with some cooking oil. Carefully, lift the chaklis and place them in the air fryer basket. Using a pastry brush, apply some oil on the top of the chaklis.
  • Air Fry these chaklis at 350 degree Farenheit for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through.
    Note: Depending upon the size of the air fryer basket, you can add the chaklis. I could fit around 6 chaklis in a 5 quart air fryer.
  • After 8 minutes, open the air fryer, and using a spatula gently flip the chaklis, apply some oil on the top and air fry it for another 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, check if the chaklis are done. If required add couple of minutes of cooking time in the increments of 1 minute.
  • Continue with the process, and finish making the remaining chaklis. You can make around 32-36 small size chaklis.

Notes

  1. Different oven temperature settings work differently, please keep an eye on these as they can get burnt quickly. It took me around 35 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Make only chaklis that will fit into the air fryer / crispy basket. Keep the dough covered until next batch of cooking.
  3. Depending upon the size of the air fryer basket, you can add the chaklis. I could fit around 6 chaklis in a 5 quart air fryer.
  4. Apply some oil on your hands while handling the dough to prevent it from sticking.
  5. PRO TIPS FOR THE BEST CHAKLI (MURUKKU) - please refer to the post earlier.
  6. CAN I MAKE CHAKLI WITHOUT USING AVOCADO - Yes, substitute half cup of thick yogurt plus 2-3 tablespoons of ghee or butter to bind the dough. Follow rest of the recipe as discussed earlier.
  7. For Vegan Chaklis, substitute vegan butter or any plant based oil instead of avocado.
  8. HOW TO STORE CHAKLI (MURUKKU) - Chakli (Murukku) stays fresh of 2-3 weeks at room temperature. Store it in a clean, air-tight glass container. Use clean, dry hands to remove the chakli from the jar.

 

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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  1. Looks yummy 😋 can’t wait to try it.

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