To prepare dough, we have to start by boiling water in a thick bottomed kadai.
Next add salt and red chili powder. As water heats up add fine rava or semolina to this.
Continuously stir the mixture and see to it that there is no lump in the mixture.
Rava or suji cooks well similar to umpa or uppittu. Suji absorbs water, salt, red chili powder and thickens up.
You can remove the mixture from flame and add cumin.
Also add rice flour to this mixture.
Next, heat oil in a small pan on low heat, it should be hot enough not burning. Pour this oil on the flour mixture. You hear a sizzling sound when hot oil poured on top of the flour.
Use your fingertips to thoroughly combine the oil with flour.
Start bringing together the dough mixture. Do not add any water to make dough.
The water added while cooking the rava is sufficient to prepare dough. If you add more water, chakli will become soft after they are fried.
Make soft pliable dough.
Keep the dough aside for 10 to 15 minutes as the flavors of dough blend well.