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Indian Diwali Snack Murukku (Chakali) Recipe


Murukku is one of the most popular snacks in South India and it is even more popular at Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival time. It has been long been the tradition at most homes to make delicious snacks such as Murukku, Thattai, etc. along with some special Indian sweets for Deepavali.

I am going to be spending over 3 months with my family in India starting next week. But, don’t you worry! I am going to learn, experiment and continue making more variety of Indian dishes and will be sharing my experiences and recipes in the coming months straight from India! So stay tuned.

So, I wanted to make some special Diwali snacks for my hubby and made Murukku. It came out very nice (as you can see), crunchy and tasty. 🙂

Although like most things we haven’t tried, making Murukku seemed very hard to me but once I made it I couldn’t believe how simple it was. Just try out this recipe and make your own little changes to it and you could end up with a snack that’s going to win your husband’s and your kids (if you have any) hearts.

Special note: You need a Murukku mold as mentioned in Step 8 to make this.


  • Rice flour : 1 cup
  • Urad flour : 1/4 cup
  • Split chick peas : 2 tbsp
  • Butter : 2 tbsp(room temperature)
  • Sesame seeds : 1 tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder : 2 tsp (optional)
  • Curry Leaves : 5-6 (chopped)(optional)
  • Water : as needed for consistency
  • Salt : required to taste (1/2 tbsp should be good)

Method of preparation:

    1. Dry roast the rice flour and urad flour separately  for 2 minutes each. Make sure both the flours are  just warm and not burnt.
    2. Grind the split chick peas and make it into a smooth powder.
    3. And two tbsps of water, then the salt and asafoetida.
    4. Mix them well and keep it aside.
    5. Fry the sesame seeds till it sputters completely and remove from heat. (be careful as they tend to sputter wildly)
    6. Take a wide pan and add all the flours, butter, sesame seeds, asafoetida & salt mixture and cumin seeds.


    1. Slowly add water to knead it into a tight and stiff dough.


    1. Now comes the fun part you need a Muruku mold to make this, There are different attachments comes with a murukku maker (just like the food processor attachment). I’ve used the single star attachment to make this murukku but you can use three star to make a different shape.
    2. Now take a small amount of dough and put it in the maker and close the maker.
    3. Take an  aluminum foil or Ziploc bags with some oil brushed on it.


    1. Start pressing the mould and slowly rotate the maker into a circle shape till you form a medium sized  spirals as shown in pic.
    2. Now heat oil in a pan when its hot enough to deep fry it add the murukku one by one( just lift the murukku gently from the foil by using your hand and slowly drop it in the oil or you can just put it in a wide spatula and drop it in the oil).


  1. Deep fry until it becomes  golden brown and remove from heat.
  2. Let it cool for few minutes and store it in a air tight container.


Now, you can also enjoy this tasty Diwali snack right in your home and proudly announce that the chef of the house has mastered a new dish!

This recipe was published in Darpan magazine.

Also Check out Thenkuzhal Murukku recipe.

Check out THenkuzhal Murukku Recipe Video:


  1. looks lovely!

  2. I have only had these out of a bag, already prepared… I would love to taste your homemade variety!

  3. Wow this one looks really beautiful, love the way you have shown how to spiral them.
    After seeing all these murukku i am tempted to make them.

  4. murukku looks so nice and useful for the festive days

  5. Lovely clicks,..;-)

  6. Lovely clicks,..;-)

  7. Lovely! Will try this out. I love chaklis..didnt know how to make them though. Thanks for the step by step 🙂

  8. Shriya, One question… is ground split chipeas same as besan/kadalamaavu.
    The murukku looks lovely 🙂

  9. wow, lovely murukkus dear, looks lovely

  10. You have a great website and your recipes are amazing. This website is so useful for those living overseas or have lost touch with Indian cooking tips and skills and wish to go back into Indian cooking. Well Done!

  11. mmmmm tasty

  12. looks yummy! I am going to try this!

  13. Hey thank u soooooo much

  14. Hey, I was reading your post and I just wanted to say thank you for putting out such excellent content. There is so much nonsense on the internet these days its difficult to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend and it turned out really nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks excellent. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and great ideas.

  15. I was’nt sure I would like this site since it was about How to make Murukku? – Murukku/Chakali Recipe | Spicy Tasty but I was wrong and thought it was cool and found it on Ask . Thanks and I’ll be back as you update.

  16. It was good

  17. Hi thr,

    Can I knw wats d average shelf-life of d murukkus?
    Is thr any preservatives I can add to make it last longer?


  18. Wow. I have hade Murukku at my friends home, already packaged. Yours looks so much better. Nice job!

  19. If you don’t have that extruder gun, could you use a piping bag with a star tip? Or is the batter too stiff to be able to pipe it?

  20. where do i get this mold in delhi


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