Spiced Spiral Wheels| Chakali |Chakri


It is almost end of January, and like every year we expected to experience beautiful cold withering winds, the dry air, layers of clothes, beautiful scarves and warm hugs from our tea cups and bowl of soups.  Surprisingly, in the Bay Area, we have been experiencing a lot of rains, technically so good for NorCal, but so unexpected. I enjoy cooking and munching when it rains. I also love little hugs from my teacups to keep me warm with some crisp and soft munchies. Growing up, my favorite munching snacks were mathiya and chakri. We always used to have these in the kitchen, and I absolutely loved them every single day. So today, I felt like enjoying chakris with my tea and so started making them.

I made these delicious spiral wheels for the first time today. As a kid, I remember rolling them on the table, playing and eating them. It was quite fantasizing back then. The amazing thing about Chakri’s is that though India being so diverse, this snack might have different names, but we all love it. It is typically made using different types of flours like rice, wheat, chickpea etc. flavored with beautiful spices our country is gifted with. This snack is easy to make and can be made from the ingredients we have in our kitchen each day every day. Today I made the regular chakri and the cilantro-mint-dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) chakri.

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The delectable chakris are made in the traditional way with using rice flour, butter, yogurt and spices like red paprika, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. The other one is prepared using wheat flour, butter, yogurt and beautifully spiced with cilantro, green chilies, ginger, mint, kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), red paprika powder, coriander and cumin powder, a pinch of garam masala and salt to taste. I used butter to keep the chakris soft from inside but yet crisp on the outside.

Let us dig in to prepare the beauties.

Chakli Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes              Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Rice Flour
  • 60 gms Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4th Cup Yogurt
  • 3 TBSP Red Paprika Powder (colored and spicy mix)
  • 1 TBSP Coriander Powder
  • 3 TSP Cumin Powder
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Recipe:

  • Sieve 2 Cups of Rice Flour in a big bowl. Now add butter, yogurt, red paprika, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt.
  • Mix everything thoroughly
  • Now add water little by little to knead a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into four equal parts.
  • Grease the Kitchen Press with butter or oil.
  • Place a frying pot with oil for heating on a medium flame
  • Place one part of dough in the kitchen press and start forming the spiral wheels
  • Once you are done pressing the chakris, you will be ready to fry them. Fry them until golden.
  • Let them cool and transfer them to a storage container.

 Cilantro- Mint- Methi Chakli Recipe

Prep Time: 15 Minutes              Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Wheat Flour
  • 60 gms Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4th Cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cilantro- Mint – Ginger- Green Chillies Paste
  • 2 TBSP Kasuri Methi
  • 1 TBSP Red Paprika Powder (colored and spicy mix)
  • 1 TSP Turmeric Powder
  • 1 TBSP Coriander Powder
  • 3 TSP Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Garam Masala
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Recipe:

  • Sieve 2 Cups of Wheat Flour in a big bowl. Now add butter, yogurt, Green Paste, red paprika, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, and salt.
  • Mix everything thoroughly
  • Now add water little by little to knead a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into four equal parts.
  • Grease the Kitchen Press with butter or oil.
  • Place a frying pot with oil for heating on a medium flame
  • Place one part of dough in the kitchen press and start forming the spiral wheels
  • Once you are done pressing the chakris, you will be ready to fry them. Fry them until golden.
  • Let them cool and transfer them to a storage container.
  • Enjoy them with a hot cup of tea

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Tips:

  • Be careful while adding water. Add water as required. Knead the dough soft. This will help you to form the spirals easily.
  • I am using butter to keep them soft from inside while they are deliciously crisp from the outside.
  • While using the kitchen press, place it a little higher to see if you are rolling your spirals the right way.
 

4 Comments

  1. Beautiful chakri!

     
  2. Totally yummerzz 👍

     

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