Bhajni Chaklis

April 23, 2014

Ingredients For the Bhajani
4 cups rice
2 cups Chana dal
1 cup Urad dal
1/4 cup moong dal
1/2 cup Poha,
3 tablespoons cumin seeds

For the dough
2 cups bhajani flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon ajwain
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 tablespoons oil

salt to taste

Method for Bhajani flour 

Roast rice, channa dal, urad and moong dal (each item separately) till the grains turn crisp, lightly roast the poha. Do not use oil for roasting.  Also roast cumin seeds.
Grind together all the ingredients into a very fine powder.
This is 'bhajani' flour for chakli. This will last upto a year if stored in an airtight container.

Method to make chaklis

Boil the water add oil, sesame seeds, ajwain, salt, chili powder, and the bhajani flour and mix well.Knead the flour to make a soft pliable dough. Grease the chakli press with little oil and fill it with the dough. Now slowly press it and form chakli into a plate. Heat oil - drop a small pinch of dough to check if the oil temperature is right...when the dough immediately rises to the top with a sizzle then the temperature of oil is right to fry the chaklis. Drop in the chaklis 3 or 4 at a time depending on the size of the kadai slowly on low flame in and fry till golden brown. Drain on a tissue paper. Cool and store in an airtight container. These chaklis turned out crisp and these are packed for my friend who is going on a holiday abroad.


Do not add more ajwain and sesame seeds or else the chaklis will break while making. Also do not add more oil or else they will melt in oil while frying. Fry chakalis in small batches of 3 to 4 at a time to achieve crispness, else they become soggy. Replace the oil (when you see the oil becoming frothy) or they break at the time of frying. The oil should be sufficiently hot (but not at the smoking point), else chaklis soak up lots of oil and may not become crisp. Also once oil is heated enough, turn the heat to lowest setting. High heat causes them to cook on the outside, while staying uncooked from the inside, or sometimes they even burn and taste bitter.

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