Festivities are intimately related with food. Sweet or savoury, crispy or syrup dunked, festivals always call for special treats.
Every household have their tradition of treat making. Kids and elders alike look forward to these.
The Chaklis are very famous in the southern part of India. A train journey over a few days calls for these snacks to be packed carefully and brought along. You never know when you feel like munching something.
These store very well in air tight container for several months.
Recipe: made a doz ( depends on the size )
Rice flour 1cup
Chickpea flour 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Paprika 1/2 tsp
Ajwain ( carrom seeds ) 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
canola oil 1 tbsp plus for frying
Hot water 1 cup
Take the rice flour, chick pea flour, all the spices, 1 tbsp oil and mix well. Add the hot water, use a spatula to bring things together. When warm use your hand to make it into a dough. Brush it with half tsp of oil, cover and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Take the Chakli maker, grease the inside. Take a portion of the dough , mold it to a cylinder and insert it into the maker, fitted with the star shaped, hole.
On a Sil pat or wax paper, press the maker and let the dough flow out through the star hole , move your hand to form a swirl. Do a few of these.
Take a deep bottomed wok, fill canola oil about an inch and half deep, Put the gas on high heat. Drop a tiny bit of the batter to see if it rises to the top of the oil. The oil is now ready. Carefully lift the chaklis from the wax paper and drop them in the oil. Crank the heat down to low medium. Flip these over only after the first side is done or has changed colour to light brown.
Collect them on kitchen towel.