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.
- 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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