My love towards Ragi continues. This was on my list of to do from a very long time. Use of oil totally scares me out. My hubby will never want me to use sunflower oil. But for Indian cooking specially deep frying, this is the best suited oil. He kept ruling out the option. One fine day when I went for shopping alone, I got one bottle of sunflower oil. He found it the next day in kitchen and started questioning me 😀 In between I gotta enjoy some pleasures isn’t it 😉
So here is the both baked and deep fried version. Warning, baked version doesn’t taste exactly the same way as deep fried version. It tends to break soon as well. But yes for health concerns they are the best. But I liked the baked version equally good as deep fried. Do give it a try 🙂
Ragi Flour : 1 Cup
Rice Flour : 1/2 cup
Garbanzo Flour(Besan) : 1/2 cup ( you can use Roasted gram flour/pottukadalai flour instead)
Butter : 2 tablespoons
Cumin Seeds : 1 teaspoon
Red Chili Powder : 1 teaspoon ( I felt it was less, you can increase the quantity)
Asafoetida/Hing : 1/2 teaspoon
Salt : 1/2 teaspoon
Water : as needed
Oil : as needed to deep fry
- Mix all the flours, cumin seeds, red chili powder, asafoetida, salt, butter.
- Add water and form a nice dough, Dough should not be thick or watery. Make sure it is moist.
- Keep it covered for 10 to 15 mins.
For deep fried version:
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Take the chakkli maker/Murukku katai, fill in with dough. Start pressing in round shape.
- You can press it in a big spoon(karandi).
- When oil is hot, slowly slide in the spoon where the chakkli is pressed.
- It would start cooking. Make sure the oil in in medium hot. It should not be too hot or less.
- Turn sides after 2 to 3 mins. When it is done you will find that the oil sizzling sound stops. At that time take it out and place it in a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
- Similar way place cook other chakkli/murukku.
For baked version:
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Get a baking sheet ready, place a parchment paper and spray oil over it.
- Now start pressing murkku/chakkli from the maker. Give enough space between each of them.
- Bake it for 12 mins first side. Take out flip sides and bake for 15 mins.
- Then take out and cool.
Enjoy the healthy teatime snack 🙂