Ragi or Finger Millet is a very nutritious grain and has been used in many parts of South India since ages. By using this healthy Ragi powder presenting Ragi Murukku / Ragi chakli a healthy crunchy snack. Chakli / Murukku is traditional snak which we offer to Lord Ganesha. So this year we can consider this healthy crunchy snack as Ganesha festive recipe too.
Ingredients for Ragi murukku or Ragi chakali :
2 cups Ragi Flour
1 cup Rice Flour
1/2 cup Putani / Rosted gram / Pottukadalai Flour
3 tsp Butter or Ghee
2 tbsp White Till Seeds
1/2 tsp ajwan seeds
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
2 tsp Salt or as per taste
Oil for deep frying
To prepare Ragi murukku or Ragi chakali :
1. Put 1/4 cup Putani / Rosted gram / Pottukadalai in a mixie and powder it finely.
2. In a vessel put Ragi Flour, Rice flour, Putani / Rosted gram / Pottukadalai Flour, red chilli powder, salt, white till seeds, ajwan seeds and melted butter or ghee. Mix it well. Then add warm water little by little and make a soft dough.
3. Heat oil in a Kadai, Once the oil is hot enough (check by putting a little dough into the oil, it has to come up immediately), take small quantity of dough and put it in the Murukku Press / chakli press with “one stars” plate and squeeze it in circular motion directly to the hot oil. Allow to fry for one or two minutes and then turn it gently, so that it will not break in the oil. Fry till it becomes crispy.
4. Since the colour of the Murukku is dark, you cannot check it by seeding the colour whether it is fried or not. Hence fry it till the sizzling sound of the hot oil reduced to minimum.
5. Repeat the same procedure with the remaining dough.
6. With the same dough U can make Kodubale, Heart shape too.
7. Once the chaklis have cooled completely, store it in an airtight container.
Enjoy this yummy healthy Ragi murukku or Ragi chakali crunchy snack with tea, coffee, or on its own.
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