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Moong Dal Chakli or Hesaru Bele Chakli

Moong Dal chakli or hesaru bele chakli are a super crispy snack recipe. A traditional South Indian festive savoury snacks. A perfect vegan and glutenfree recipe for any festival menu. Try this flavourful chakli and enjoy with your near and dear ones.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: karnataka, South India
Keyword: dairy free, Dal, deep fried, festival, Glutenfree, snacks, Vegan
Servings: 40 medium sized chakli
Author: Pavithra M Adiga

Equipment

  • Chakli presser

Ingredients

  • Moong dal / hesaru bele / split green gram – ½ cup
  • Rice flour - 2 cups
  • Water – 1 ½ cup
  • Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp
  • Hot oil – 1 tbsp
  • Water for dough preparation
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

Cooking moong dal or hesaru bele

  • Clean moong dal or hesaru bele and wash with water. Add water 1 ½ cup.
  • Pressure cook moong dal until it is soft enough to handle.
  • Allow the pressure to release slowly and mash the cooked dal into fine texture.
  • Let cool this mixture until its warm enough to handle. Do not cool the cooked dal completely.

Making dough for instant chakli

  • Take rice flour in a mixing bowl, add roasted cumin, salt as per taste.
  • Add one tbsp hot oil and mix everything well. When pressed the flour should come together as seen in the video.
  • Mix everything well and then add mashed dal, mix again.
  • Add 1 or 2 tbsp water at a time and knead to prepare dough.
  • Make a soft pliable dough by adding little water at a time. Do not add too much water.
  • Keep dough closed for 15 minutes. This helps the flavours to blend well with flour.
  • In the mean while prepare the chakli presser. Apply any oil on the inner surface of chakli presser.

How to make chakli?

  • Moong dal chakli dough can be divided into 3 or 4 parts as per the size of the presser.
  • Make log of the dough and fill the chakli maker. Close the lid and press it downwards to shape the dough into spirals. I usually make 4 or 5 medium sized spiral chakli in one batch.
  • Tightly press the ends to secure the edges. Check video recipe for further details.

How to deep fry moong dal chakli

  • Heat oil in a deep-frying pan on medium heat. Check heat of oil by dropping a small bit of dough into oil. The dough ball should rise slowly to the surface. This indicates oil is perfect to deep fry chakli.
  • Carefully drop the moong dal chakli one at time and do not overcrowd the frying pan. Do not disturb them for a minute, later turn them over.
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, sizzling of oil stops and chakli settles at the bottom of pan. This indicates chakli is done.
  • Remove them oil and drain crispy tasty chakli on kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
  • Cool the fried chakli and store them in airtight container. Serve them with coffee or tea. Enjoy as evening snack with your loved ones.

Video

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Notes

Adjust salt and spice as per preference. 
Add exact quantity of moong dal and water as mentioned in the recipe.
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