Thenkuzhal Murukku Recipe with step by step preparations & photos. Thenkuzhal murukku (Arisi Maavu Murukku) is one of the main snacks for Diwali (Deepavali) festival in most of the houses.No Diwali celebrations without snacks and sweets in India.
Murukku is a famous south Indian / Tamilnadu snacks made with rice flour and roasted urad dal flour.This is the basic murukku recipe that is followed by many including my grandma and mom. There are different names for this murukku in different places are chakli, janthikalu, and chakralu.
Thenkuzhal murukku is my all time favorite snack from my childhood especially the half-cooked murukku.I have done this murukku in a small quantity.My mom will prepare in a bulk quantity, distributed to neighbors and store in big tins. Whenever my mom prepares murukku, I and my sisters sit around my mom and ask her to take half-cooked murukku and taste it.It would taste great.If you didn’t taste it never try next time you prepare.
Thenkuzhal murukku is one of the best combination to tea time snack.This murukku has been made by using a murukku press or murukku kuzhal or chakli press.
Let’s learn how to prepare thenkuzhal murukku with rice flour and urad dal flour.Hope you like this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you.
Thenkuzhal Murukku Recipe | Murukku Recipe | Chakli | Janthikalu
Ingredients ( 1 Cup = 240ml , 1 ml = 15ml)
Rice Flour / Arisi Maavu – 2 Cups
Roasted Urad Dal Flour / Varuththa Ulunthu Maavu – 1/2 Cup
Black or White Sesame Seeds / Ellu – 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera / Seeragam – 1 tsp ( crushed by hand)
Butter – 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
Asafoetida Powder / Hing / Perungayam – 1/2 tsp
Water – as needed ( about 2 cups more or less )
Salt – to taste ( about 1 tsp)
Oil – for deep frying
How to prepare thenkuzhal murukku or Chakli with step by step photos
1. In a big bowl, add rice flour ( I used store-bought),roasted urad dal flour,crushed cumin seeds (by hands), sesame seeds, salt, and butter. The proportion of rice flour and urad dal should be 4:1 ratio.
2.Just mash the butter by hand and mix well with other ingredients.
3. Add water little by little.
4. Mix well and add coconut oil which prevents the dough stick to the hands and also gives wonderful aroma to the murukku. Make a pliable dough to press the murukku easily. If it is sticky it will drink more oil while frying. If it is dry it will be very hard while pressing.
5. Grease inside the murukku press with coconut oil and fit the 3 eye murukku mold. Pinch some dough and make a log shape and stuff inside the murukku press.
6. Heat oil in a wide thick bottom pan (iron tawa will do the best) over medium flame.To check if the oil is hot drop a tiny piece of dough in the oil.If it floats immediately, the oil is ready now. If you are a beginner, you can the press the dough on the holed ladle and gently place them on the oil. I did directly on the hot oil.
7. Swirl the dough in the clockwise direction of 2 to 3 layer medium sized circles.
8. This is the murukku which is neither cooked nor uncooked taken after 10 to 15 seconds.
9.Deep fry the murukku on a medium flame and flip over for even frying.
10. The sizzling sound will stop completely when the murukku fried well.
11. Take all the fried murukku’s and place them on the tissue paper.Cool down completely and store them in an airtight container.
12. Thenkuzhal Murukku is ready now.Enjoy with your favorite tea or coffee.
1. If you do not have roasted urad dal flour, just take 1/3 to 1/2 cup of whole urad dal in a bowl. Wash & soak it for 1 hour in water and drain the water thoroughly.Spread the urad dal on a cotton cloth and let it dry completely.Take a heavy bottom pan and roast urad dal until golden on a low flame. Grind the roasted dal using a mixer jar and sieve it and measure 1/2 cup of urad dal flour.
2. Always fry the thenkuzhal murukku on a medium flame.If you fry on a high flame soon it will change the color outside but it will not cook inside the murukku.
3. Butter will give the soft crispy murukku.Do not avoid it.
4. Using coconut oil gives the wonderful aroma to the murukku.
5. If you want to add salt after everything mixed in your dough, just add required salt dissolved in a very little amount of water and then mix it well with the dough.
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