September 18, 2019
Cookery

Chekkalu

Chekkalu is a traditional andhra style or telugu cuisine snack made with rice flour and soaked chana dal. Lets have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup rice flour, fine
  • ½ tsp pepper, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 tsp sesame / til
  • pinch hing / asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 chilli
  • handful curry leaves
  • ¼ cup chana dal, soaked 1 hour
  • water to knead
  • oil for frying

How to make Chekkalu

  • firstly, in a large bowl take 2 cup rice flour, ½ tsp pepper, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp sesame, pinch hing and ½ tsp salt.
  • add 1 tbsp butter and mix well. crumble and mix until the flour turns moist.
  • add crushed curry leaves, chilli and ginger mixture to flour.
  • also add ¼ cup chana dal (soaked for 1 hour).
  • mix well making sure all the spices are combined well.
  • further add water as required and knead to smooth and soft dough.
  • now grease the butter paper with oil. alternatively use plastic sheet or banana leaf.
  • pinch a small ball sized dough.
  • further, flatten over greased butter paper.
  • press gently, forming a slightly thin disk.
  • peel the chekkalu gently, and deep fry on medium hot oil.
  • make sure to flip over and fry both sides on low or medium flame.
  • fry until the chekkalu turns crisp and slightly golden which will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • drain off over kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.
  • finally, store chekkalu in an airtight container and enjoy for a month.

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