Tuesday, December 2, 2014



Janthikalu is a popular snack in South India and known as Murukku in Tamilnadu and Kerala and Chakil in kanada. They will be crunchy, savoury and in spiral shape. We can make different varieties of janthikalu/murukku by using different flours like Rice Flour and Urad dal, Basen and Rice Flour,Wheat Flour, Oats Flour and besan with little Rice flour . Today I am making Basen and Rice flour Murukku/Janthikalu.

To make janthikalu/murukku, we must have janthikala gottam or murukku maker, which will come with small discs as shown in images. We have to fill the janthikala gotam or murukku maker with the dough and press it.

Yield: 50 to 55 (Vary depending on size)
Time : 45 to 50 Minutes.

  • Rice Flour - 2 cups
  • Senagapindi/Besan/Chickpea Flour - 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp or to taste
  • Vamu/Ajowan - 1 tbsp
  • Nuvulu/Sesame seeds -  2 tbsp
  • Butter or Ghee or Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
Mix rice flour, besan/senagapindi, vamu/ajowan, red chilli powder, nuvulu/sesame seeds and salt.
Heat ghee or butter or oil and add to the rice flour mixture and mix well.
Now add water little by little to the rice flour mixture and make into soft dough.
Heat oil for deep fry in a pan. Place star shape disc/plate to get janthikalu as in image or any shape you want in jathikala gottam/maker or muruku press.
Now take a small amount of dough and fill Janthikala Gottam or Muruku press and if using single star plate,  press janthikala gottam and make spirals on a sheet and then carefully drop into oil.
If using another discs, we can directly press the dough into hot oil. Fry them on medium heat till they turn golden brown. Let them cool before storing in a air tight container.

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