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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


  • Chakli presser


  • 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


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.




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