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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Snacks ~ Baked Chakli


One of my husband's frequent complaints is that I don't consider his taste preferences when I plan to cook and especially if I am cooking for a blog event, he doesn't cross my mind at all. I would just shrug it off saying that he would protest anyway even if I am not blogging since majority of his favorite dishes fall under the category of deep fried foods and I cook them rarely. I made it a point this time to cook his favorite savories first when planning this month's marathon so that he can enjoy them guilt-free. Some of the savory dishes I am presenting in this marathon are regular features in my kitchen whereas I tried some for the first time. 
The first in the series are these baked chaklis. I personally like them since they are guilt-free, taste decent and the baking cuts down the deep frying time. And besides my husband is the one who usually in charge of using the chakli press and so this version is pretty breeze for me. :) I use the same chakli dough that has been in our household for generations while preparing the baked versions too and it works out well. Other chakli doughs can be substituted as well. While this baked version do not replicate the authentic deep fried version, I think they still taste pretty good and are on healthier side.
Ingredients: (Make about 40 chaklis)
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup roasted chickpea powder / daliya powder
2 tbsp. uraddal powder
1.5 tsp chili powder
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
3 - 4 tbsp. hot oil
A few pinches of asafoetida powder
Scant 1 & 1/4 cups water

Method:
* Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except water. Add water and make a soft dough. (The dough should not be very stiff.)
* Preheat the oven to 325 deg F.
* Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper / aluminum foil. Fill the chakli press with the prepared dough and press chaklis onto the baking sheet, spacing them slightly apart.
* Spray or brush them tops with oil and place them in the oven. Flip them once midway and spray them again with oil. Bake until they are golden brown through out and done. My batches took around 40 to 45 minutes to bake. (If you are not sure whether they are done or not, taste them and if properly done, they should not taste raw.)
* Let them cool and store them in an air-tight container.



24 comments:

Varadas Kitchen said...

Love the baked chalis. We think they come pretty close to the original. My daughter loves them.

Harini-Jaya R said...

My husband loves the deep fried goodies but inspite of feeling guilty upon consuming those, he refuses to try these baked substitutes :( So these are just for me :) Love these!!

Suma Gandlur said...

As Varada mentioned, they come pretty close to the original version without all the oil and my husband loves them. :)

rajani said...

Yet to try any of the baked version of deep fried goodies. These look pretty close to the original. Hard to believe they are baked and hence healthier

The Pumpkin Farm said...

i have never tried baking chakalis althought varadas blog did tempt me a lot...i will try this version since with bhajani i usually have to make the deep fried ones...the color and shape all looks beautiful

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

Looks very similar to the original version.. Super impressed...

Priya Srinivasan said...

Oh wow, looks like fried ones suma, i was thinking it would be a bit cracked if we bake, should try this definitely!!! Looks totally deli and what a guilt-free snacking it is!!

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Never tried of baking chaklis but as everyone said its closer to the original deep fried version..guilt free snack..

Padma Rekha said...

I too tried this baked chakli I liked baked once then deep fried. you made them so perfectly
BTW in pasta cupcakes pancake mix I used for binding, that gives a dry texture so for moisture in the cup cakes use veges with lots of moisture in it like capsicum and don't over cook so that the moisture remain in the vege's to keep the moisture in cupcakes

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

looks very similar to the deep fried ones.. healthier ones are always preferred..

Usha said...

I once tried baked chakli and it was a flop. I will try your version. Can I omit urad dal flour? I do not use that flour that much and not sure if I would get a fine powder if I grind the dal.

As for the Quinoa cookies, yes those cookies are dense. I would say it was more like a baked version of laddu made with lentil flour but in a cookie shape.

Priya Suresh said...

I love this baked version as well.. I want to munch some rite now.. Tooo prefect crunchy munchies..

Kalyani said...

just too crunchy to pass up ! bookmrking to try !

Padmajha PJ said...

This was on my to do list but baked other dishes for week 1. The chakklis look perfect and crunchy...

vaishali sabnani said...

Wow love these chaklis. I am sure my hubby would be one happy person if I make these. Looking forward to the rest of week.

Srividhya said...

Love the baked murukkus /chaklis. I have one too coming up :-) Guilt free snacks

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

You made it simple and healthy dear!! going to try this baked murukku..Hope I can snack them with out any guilt!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

i have never dared to try any of our traditional snacks in the oven. This one is something i would like to try as soon as possible. They look awesome:)

Suja Ram said...

Baked ones look exactly the same like its fried counterpart. You have shaped it beautifully and it has come out perfect. I too have chosen this for one of the days. Let me try to achieve your perfection.

Srivalli said...

I am enjoying your sub themes Suma, wonderful concept wise..and this baked murukku takes the cake..make it low fat eggless cake...lol..good that you are making your hubby's favorite snacks and that way we are getting to read abt them!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Such a guilt free snack. And it looks great ....

veena krishnakumar said...

such a guilt free snack. Love this baked version

Archana Potdar said...

I havethe chakali flour Pradnya gave for the BM meet. I will try making the baked version. They look yum.

Pavani N said...

Perfect looking baked chaklis. Would love to try these some time.