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How To Make Chakli

Chakli is rice flour mixed in a savory combination of black gram and cumin seeds, fried to golden brown perfection makes an irresistible snack.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Gluten free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 247kcal



  • Cook the black gram in a stovetop pressure cooker with 2 cups of water. Cook until it gets very soft (4 whistles and slow cooling).
  • If you have an Instant Pot pressure cooker, cook the urad dal or black gram using pot in a pot (PIP) method. Add rinsed urad dal in a small pot and pour 1 ½ cup water. Cover the lid and cook for 25 mins in HP. Open the lid after natural pressure release.
  • Once the dal is cooked, use the whisk to mash it and let it cool down.
  • When it is warm enough to handle, mix it rice flour, melted butter (vegan), salt, cumin seeds, and sesame seeds.
  • Mix all the ingredients to get an even mixture.
  • Place a big frying pan with sufficient oil ( I used 4 cups of canola oil) over medium heat.
  • Press out the chakli dough in a circular spiral on small pieces of parchment paper or paper towels.
  • When the oil has heated optimally (check recipe details on how to reach optimum oil temperature), carefully add chakli one at a time into the frying pan. You can add 3 to 6 chaklis at a time depending on the size of your pan.
  • Repeat pressing out the chakli and frying process for the remaining dough. Remember to increase the heat for the oil to high before adding the next batch of chakli.
  • Allow the chaklis to completely cool down and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Crispy and warm chaklis are ready to be served! Enjoy them all year round!



  • After cooking urad dal, be sure to mash them. Otherwise, the dough won’t be soft and it will be hard to press down. 
  • You can add a pinch of turmeric powder to get a nice golden color. 
  • Sift the rice flour before using it in the recipe. 
  • You can also use urad dal flour instead of urad dal. Add ½ cup flour and sift it nicely to remove the chunks. 
  • I added both cumin seeds and sesame seeds. But you can choose to add just one of them to suit your preference. 
  • Add little water to the dough in case if your dough is dry.


Serving: 4Chakli | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg