Chakalu (Rice Crispies)

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Chakalu (Rice Crispies)

Spicy and delicious traditional Andhra tea time rice snacks.

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Makes 20
Main Ingredients Rice Flour

Chakalu or rice crispies is one of the popular traditional Andhra snack. This tea time savory can be found in all the houses in Andhra Pradesh. As the name says, it is a crispy and crunchy snack made out of rice flour. We can make it a little spicy by adding some green chillies and ginger to it. Curry leaves gives nice aroma and a long lasting taste. We can store it in an air tight container to last about a month.


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  • 1.5 cups of rice flour
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • few coriander leaves
  • salt according to the taste.
  • oil for deep frying.

Chakalu (Rice Crispies) Ingredients

Chakalu Ingredients


  1. Soak chana dal for about an hour.
  2. Dry roast jeera and peanuts.
  3. In a grinder , grind together roasted jeera, peanuts, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves. We just have to churn it just for 2-3 seconds. Make sure it does not form a paste.
  4. Take Rice flour in a bowl. Add the soaked chana dal and the coarsely grinded mixture, butter and the salt. Mix it properly with your hands.
  5. Add little by little warm water to make it a semi soft dough. As the green chillies , soaked dal and butter will add moisture to the dough , so we will not need much water . So make sure we add just little water at a time.
  6. Heat the oil for deep frying.
  7. Take a coin size ball and place it on a plastic sheet(I used a ziplock plastic sheet) and press it with your fingers to form a round shape. Make it as thin as possible and then deep fry it on a medium heat. Turn it around to make sure it is fried on both sides and you can take it out when the chana dal changes its color or when the oil stops bubbling.
  8. Put it on a paper towel and store them later in an air tight container.

Serving Instructions

Serve it with Tea or Coffee.


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