Muthuswaram or Chakli (Spicy Spiral Snacks)

Muthuswaram (or mullu murukku as I like to call it), also known as Chakli in Hindi, Marathi is a crispy, crunchy, spicy fried snack made in spirals or coils. It is sometimes also referred to as Murukku (though I refer to the one twisted by hand by this name – kai murukku). Muthuswaram is a traditional Diwali treat or even enjoyed just otherwise as a teatime snack … Another of my favorite namkeens. I made these for this Diwali 🙂 … Let’s go straight to the recipe.

 

 

Ingredients:

Rice flour: 1 cup

Chickpea flour (Besan/kadala maavu): 1/2 cup

Green gram skinned and split (Dhuli moong dal): 1/2 cup

White sesame seeds (Safed Til): 2 teaspoons

Red chilly powder: 1½ teaspoons

Turmeric powder: a pinch

Asafoetida (hing) powder: 2 pinches

Salt to taste

Unsalted butter: 2 tablespoons

Oil to deep fry

The method in pictures:

 

 

Method:

  1. Measure out both the flours and sift through a fine sieve in a bowl.
  2. Dry roast the moong dal in a frying pan while continuously stirring; till a nice aroma comes and the dal turns golden brown.
  3. Take off the heat and empty on a plate to cool completely.
  4. In a coffee/spice grinder or in the chutney jar of a mixer-grinder, powder the roasted moong dal to a fine powder.
  5. Sieve this flour too into the bowl with the other 2 flours.
  6. Add the red chilly, turmeric, and asafoetida powders along with salt to taste. Also, add the white sesame seeds. Mix these with the flours.
  7. Pour water slowly and knead to make a stiff dough. The dough should be thick like that for chapati or bread. I used about ¾ cup of water for the dough.
  8. Melt the butter – I heated it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Drizzle the melted butter and knead well to mix in the dough. You may also add a tablespoon of oil in the dough.
  9. Knead well for about 3-4 minutes as this avoids breaking of the dough when making the chaklis. Set the dough aside to rest for about 10 minutes so it is pliable and soft.
  10. To make the muthuswaram or chakli, you need a special mould or press for making these spirals. In tamil, it is called the achchu or nazhi – the mould for chaklis. Use the plate with the spiky star shape.
  11. With the mould ready, fill it with the dough and try squeezing out into the bowl itself – this is to ensure that the dough is falling out properly. If it seems to break, you may need to loosen the dough with a little bit of water and knead well.
  12. Wrap a piece of plastic cling wrap on the back of a plate as the surface to make the chaklis. You may also make them directly in oil, but on a plate you can make 5-6 of them at a time and take care that the shape comes out right.
  13. On the plastic cling wrapped plate, make the chaklis by squeezing out dough through the mould in a spiral shape. Make about 6 of them at a time so that they are ready to fry when the oil is heated.
  14. Now, heat oil for deep frying in a frying pan/kadhai. Test if the oil is well-heated by dropping a small piece of dough. If it bubbles at the edges and rises up the oil is hot enough.
  15. Reduce the heat to medium and gently slide the chaklis into the oil taking care that the oil does not splatter. You can add about 4-5 chaklis a time to fry.
  16. Fry till the chaklis turn golden brown on the lower side and then flip them.
  17. When the chaklis are golden brown on both sides and crispy, remove from the oil and drain on a tissue-paper-lined plate.>

  18. Fill the mould again and make more chaklis while the previous batch is frying – repeat the frying process till all the dough is used up 🙂 …. The last bits of dough can be made into thin discs (thattai).
  19. When each batch gets cooled, store in an air-tight canister/dabba. These chaklis stay fresh for up to 20 days or so if stored in an air-tight container.

4 Responses to “Muthuswaram or Chakli (Spicy Spiral Snacks)”

  1. They look beautiful and delicious.

    From skribles: Thanks Happy Cook 🙂

  2. nice photo demo skribles.

    From skribles: Thanks For Spicy Lovers

  3. I tried to make these once, and it didn’t turn out well… maybe because I don’t have the mold… I buy them pre-made at the store and I eat an entire bag in once sitting!

    From skribles: Thanks meeso – yep the mould is a necessity for making these chaklis

  4. […] Muthuswaram (or mullu murukku as I like to call it), also known as Chakli in Hindi, Marathi is a crispy, crunchy, spicy fried snack made in spirals or coils. It is sometimes also referred to as Murukku (though I refer to the one twisted by hand by this name – kai murukku). Muthuswaram is a traditional Diwali treat or even enjoyed just otherwise as a teatime snack … Another of my favorite namkeens. I made these for this Diwali … Let’s go straight to the recipe. […]

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