A must have snack during festivals like Diwali- Chakali

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups of wheat flour ( I used organic whole wheat flour)
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • butter Milk as required
  • 2 tbsp carom seed (ova)
  • 2 tbsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 t/s roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp pepper powder
  • 1 t/s poppy seed (khus khus)
  • 1 t/s garam masala powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seed (safed til)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Equipment required
  • 1 linen Cloth
  • chakli maker


  • Sift whole wheat flour and rice flour. Add 1 tsp of salt and mix nicely.
  • Transfer the sifted flour to a linen cloth.
  • Tie the linen cloth from the top so the flour doesn’t come out.
  • I have used a vessel to steam this potli with flour. Just take some water place a metal stand or plate over the pan.Take a vessel or tray on which the linen cloth (potli) could
  • fit.
  • Cover and steam for 19-10 mins on medium heat. Alternatively, you could use pressure cooker also to steam for 6-7 mins on medium heat.
  • Remove the potli and pestle with a mortar.
  • Uncover the cloth.
  • Transfer the contents to another vessel. Add sesame seed, carom seed, cumin, cumin powder, pepper powder, kashmiri chili powder and garam masala powder if using and
  • salt.
  • Add butter milk little by little. Don’t add too much butter milk as we require a semi-soft dough for chaklis.
  • The chakli dough shouldn’t be too soft it should be on the firmer side. At the last stage, add oil Allow the dough to rest for 25-30 mins. Cover the dough with a damp cloth or
  • cling film.
  • Grease the chakli moulds from the interiors. Make small rolls from the dough to add in the chakli maker. You got to have a chakli maker to make chaklis like the one in the
  • pic.
  • Make spirals or round shape chaklis with the desired size. Place them in a greased dish or paper.
  • Now take a big vessel / kadhai adding sufficient oil as you would be deep frying chaklis.
  • Once the oil is heated add one by one chaklis into it. Just add about 4 to 5 chaklis ensuring they don’t stick to each other else they would break. Fry until nice crisp golden
  • brown. Once all chaklis are fried dab some tissue paper on them to remove excess oil. Allow chaklis to come to room temperature. Now store them in an air tight container
  • or a box.
  • Serve wheat chaklis with a hot cup of tea or coffee or wine.