Pappu Chekkalu-Chekkalu

Chekkalu are a deep fried rice flour snack,they are crispy and crunchy and perfect for festival snacks or evening snacks.This is my moms version of Chekkalu,but is made in many different ways in each household.

Preparation time 60 minutes 
Serves 40 chekkalu 
Serving Size 2 chekkalu
Calories Per Serving Approximately 122 per serving
Difficulty Medium

3 cups rice flour
6 green chili minced
1 teaspoon ginger minced
2 sprigs curry leaves chopped
1/4 cup chana dal soaked in water for 1 hour
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
salt to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon oil+Oil for frying

1.Heat oil for frying.
2.In a bowl take the rice flour and add all the ingredients except oil and combine.

3.Add 1 tablespoon oil and mix.

4.Add water little by litte until it forms a firm dough.Do not knead.

5.Take a cherry tomato sized flour and roll into a ball.

6.Press it onto a greased ziplock bag and press down into a thin pancake with your fingers tapping it gently all around.

7.Flip the pancake onto your hand and gently drop it into the oil  and fry on medium high heat until golden  brown and remove onto a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.Repeat for all the dough.

Do not add more than 1 cup water your chekkalu won’t be crispy and won’t hold shape to drop them into oil.
You can also add sesame seeds,ajwain etc to the dough.
Do not overheat your oil or the inside of the chekkalu won’t get cooked through.
Press your pancake very thin until the chana dal surfaces it makes them cook faster and gives them crispy texture.
Store in an airtight container for upto a month.


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