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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Manugu Poolu / Manuboolu

Event: Blogging Marathon #42
Theme: Festival Special ~ Sri Krishnashtami

Krishnasthami / Janmashtami / Gokulashtami is the day which commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna and is celebrated in India on the eight day of krishna paksha of shravana month (August - September). There are regional variations of this celebration across the country, as is the usual case with all the Indian festivals. In the Southern parts, people who observe this festival usually fast for the day. An odd number of sweet and savory dishes are freshly prepared in the evening and are offered as an offering, the naivedyam to the Lord before breaking the fast. 
Some savory, fried items like chaklis, nippattu, kodbale and paalakayalu are usually prepared on the day. Usually thentharlu/thenkuzhal  are the mandatory ones prepared in my in laws home on the occasion. However these manugu poolu are the only chaklis my mother ever prepares in her kitchen and follows her mother's version. These spicy, delicious chakli are the most we ate growing up and so I am quite partial towards them. My mother would prepare loads of these chaklis and store them in large containers for us, to snack on in the evenings. They are just crunchy and yummy.
Rice flour and roasted chickpeas powder are used in 4:1 ratio for this chakli. My mother usually gets her rice and roasted chickpeas ground in the local flour mill as she prepares them in large quantity. I use the store bought rice flour and it works fine.

4 cups rice flour (Store bought flour will do.)
1 cup finely ground roasted chickpeas (Chutney dal)
Salt to taste
Red chili powder to taste
Few pinches of asafoetida powder
Oil to fry (I used canola oil.)
(I added about 2 tbsp each of white sesame seeds and cumin seeds as well this time but are not generally used in this chakli.)
Making chaklis:
* Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame.
* Combine the flours, salt, chili powder, asafoetida and 1 - 2 tbsp of hot oil in a mixing bowl. Then add water slowly to the flour mixture to form soft (not watery) dough that can be passed through the chakli press.
Now to test whether the oil is hot enough to fry, slowly slide a pinch of dough into the oil. If it sizzles and comes to surface, then the oil is ready. If not, heat the oil a little longer.
* Take a small portion of the dough and fill in the chakli press. Using your hands, press the mould over the hot oil making circling motion so that coils of dough from the mold dropping into the oil make a circle shape. (Disc with multiple stars is used to make this chakli but I used a single, star shaped disc here.) Or you can first press the chakli on an oiled plastic sheet or a flat spoon and flip it into the oil.

Usually we make chaklis, the frying pan size instead of small ones. When they cool down, we break them into small bits and store them.
* Flipping now and then, fry them on low flame until they turn golden brown. Don't let the chaklis turn dark brown. And also don't be in a hurry and fry on high flame. They brown faster without turning crunchy.
* Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
* Let them cool and store them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh without going stale for at least a couple of weeks and don't need refrigeration. They can be left on the kitchen counter.



Priya Suresh said...

This manugu poolu looks very crunchy munchy and dangerously addictive.

Srivalli said...

Looks amazing Suma, never heard of this particular term, though I can so relate to the custom...My mom also has her standard dishes prepared on Krishna Jayanthi..I would love to munch on your crunchy murukkus..

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love these anytime. I have not heard this term either. Though chaklis are made with the same ratio at our place too.

Padmajha PJ said...

This one is new to me Suma. Janmashtami or not,I am sure this will be loved by all!

Sapana Behl said...

This looks so crispy and tasty ! Love to try it...

vaishali sabnani said...

Well I would love to try these..inspite of these guys not jeating fried stuff..they look so good .

Pavani N said...

What a crispy, crunchy and addictive snack.

Sreevalli E said...

Yummy snack.. They look crisp & crunchy..