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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chakkali/Murukku - Easy and Tasty Snack my childhood.The days were never complete without eating this snack which was made by my grandma and stored in big containers!Run to the kitchen grab a handfull go to the terrace finish it and get ready for next round:-):-)Love those days!Even u guys will have some memories like that rite?do share it in the comments section.

Murukku is made for festivals like Diwali,dasara etc.Also during marriage,engagement,baby shower.It makes good tea time snack.It's 'alltime' snack of South India.

Chakkali can be made in a lot of ways.Recently I made quick version for Diwali and it came out to be super yummy.

You need murukku/chakkali mold to make this.It comes in a lot of variety of shape attachments like tiny round for sev,little big round(I have used it here),multiple star,single star(I have used it here) and lot more.

Here is what you need

Rice flour - 3.75 cups
Urad Dal  - 3/4 cup
Butter       - 21/2 Tbspn
Jeera         -1/2 tspn
Asafetida  -1/4 tspn
salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
water to make dough

This is how you make

1)Soak urad dal for 1 hr and pressure cook it for 2 whistle or till fully cooked.
2)Grind the cooked dal with very little water.
3)Mix rice flour+dal paste+butter+jeera+asafetida+salt .
4)Now sprinkle little water at a time and make the dough and knead well for 5 min.
5)Fill the dough in the murukku maker and press it on a aluminium foil or Ziploc bag or simple plastic cover.
6)Fry them in medium hot oil.

1)The dough should neither be very soft nor tough.It should be medium soft.Wet your hands in water and fill the dough inside chakali maker so that its not hard to press.
2)You can skip asafetida and add ginger garlic green chilly paste to make it masala chakkali.
3)Store it in a air tight container for1-2 weeks if something is remaining!:-)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Easy Sweet Potato Raita

Have you ever tried sweet potato in your side dish?As a kid,I remember having the boiled one's.

Tried to make raita today and it was a hit!My 2.5 year old daughter loved it.

The creamy texture with the sweetness along with yogurt and tempering.Doesn't it sound yummy and easy.


Sweet Potatoes....2 big
Plain yogurt.........2 cups
salt to taste
oil......................1 Tbspn
mustard seeds....1 tspn
green chilly........2
urad dal..............1 tspn
chana dal............1 tspn
curry leaves........2 string
turmeric..............a pinch


1)Lets cook the sweet potatoes.You can pressure cook it for 2 whistle or microwave high for 20-25 min.Even just cover and cook it on the stove top.

2) Peel of  the skin and mash it.

3)Add the beaten yogurt.

4)Next the most important  par,the tempering!.Heat oil in a pan then add mustard seeds,when it starts  to sizzle add chana dal after few seconds add urad dal and wait till both the dals turn golden brown.Add the chopped green chillies,curry leaves and add this flavoufull tempering to the sweet potato mixture.

5)Add salt to taste , mix well & enjoy.


1)If you are microwaving the potatoes or cooking on stove top then cut it into small pieces to speed up the cooking.

2)You can add more yogurt if u like.I kind of like it to be thick.