Chakli is a snack made with rice and urad dal with many variations in different regions in India. In the western state of Gujarat it is made with besan or gram flour. The chakli press is the tool that gives this unique shape to the snack.

This recipe is my Dodamma or grandmother which my amma passed to me. Amma roasted the rice and dal, made flour out of it to make chaklis. I do not have the luxury here to make flour out of grains so have found a shortcut where I use rice and urad dal flours, roast it to make chaklis. The result is pretty good. 

Amma makes chakli for Diwali and Janmashtami along with other goodies. In Coastal Karnataka it is a tradition for people to make this snack on Janmashtami. I never really took interest to learn to make chakli as it seemed like a daunting task. When Amma visited me here in the US a few years back she got me the chakli press (after my interest spiked) and taught me how to make it. 

So here it is the spiral shaped Udupi style snack.


25-30 chakli

Prep Time

15-20 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45-50 minutes

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup urad dal flour
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp blsck sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp carom seeds or ajwain
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut, grated
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Water to make dough
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Tools to make:
  • Chakli press
  • 8-10 squares of parchment or banana leaves

Step 1
Roast urad dal flour for 10-12 minutes or until brown and fragrant.

Step 2
Roast rice flour for 6-8 minutes until light brown.

Step 3
Cool the flours. Mix all the ingredients except oil and make a firm yet soft dough. Rest the dough for 20 minutes.

Step 4
Heat oil in a deep pan for deep frying.

Step 5
Divide the dough into equal parts about 10-12.

Step 6
Place one part in the press and move in circular motion to form chakli directly onto the parchment squares. 

Step 7
When the oil is hot (medium -high flame) add the pressed chaklis in hot oil one by one and fry both sides until golden brown. Drain and repeat with the rest of the dough.

Step 8
Store in an airtight container after cooling.


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