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Friday, October 16, 2009


" Chakli "
Chakli is famous Indian snack which is made mainly in Diwali. A savory crunch made with black gram flour, green gram flour, rice flakes seasoned with ajwain and cumin enjoyed by all age groups. Availability of Chakli Bhajani ready mix has increased the convenience of making perfect chakalis at home with less of time and effort. Ingredients:
Chakli Bhajani ready mix, 2 tsp sesame seeds, 40ml Oil and 1 ¼ cup water
Chakli Bhajani Mix Ingredients:
Rice, Bengal gram dal, black gram dal, green gram dal, red gram dal, rice flakes ajwain, common salt, cumin, sesame, coriander, chili, asafetida, turmeric.
1.Heat 40ml oil in kadhai and pour on Chakli Bhajani ready mix.
2.Add sesame seeds to it.
3.Pour hot water and knead to make soft dough.
4.Heat oil in a kadhai and press bits of dough through a mould. 5.Fry the chakli in the oil till crispy and brown.
6.Drain with a perforated spoon and remove.
7.Chakli is ready to serve.



I cannot think of any other festival other than Diwali, where the spotlight is on the food. Agreed that it is supposed to be 'Festival of lights', after all the literal translation of Deepavali is 'A line of lights'. But still food has become the most important part of this festival too, as with so many others. The preparations start well in advance. The list of items made is endless if one has the time, energy & enthusiasm for it. In fact 'Faral' as these food items are collectively called, are sometimes the only dishes consumed during the odd 4-5 days. Faral for breakfast, Faral with lunch, Faral for evening snacks with Tea/Coffee, Faral again with whatever made for Dinner. At least this was what was followed at my place. The traditional Faral items are Chivda, Chakali, Sev, Ladoo, Shankar Pali, Karanji, Anarsa. Personally I like the savory snacks better than the sweet ones. Check out Anjali's Kitchen for the Diwali faral recipies :-)