So, What is Chakodi?
According to Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula from The Imperial in New Delhi, "Chakodi is a hot and crunchy South Indian snack. It is also called "Kodubale" in Kannada. It can be made in many varieties with different flavours. My mother used to make Chakodi with red chilli paste to add spiciness along with different ingredients like curry leaves, fresh coriander, and white sesame seeds. It is a must-have tea time snack in most of the South Indian households and is mostly enjoyed with tea or coffee during the day and as a side snack with drinks at night."
Chakodi is very easy to prepare at home with just few ingredients. It is made with rice flour batter, moong dal, red chili powder, cumin seeds and sesame seeds. It can also be flavoured with ajwainor black pepper and a dash of hing. Apart from being enjoyed as an evening snack, Chegodilu or Chakodi is also savoured during festivities, especially during Dusshera and Diwali. Keertikanth from Madhuban Restaurant in Delhi, tells us, "It is believed that Lord Krishna liked foods which were prepared using rice flour. Therefore, people prepare chakodi, which is also made with rice flour, on Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's Birthday) every year."
Here's How You Can Make Yummy Chakodis at Home!
Recipe by Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula
Rice Flour- 2 Cups
Yellow Moong Dal- 2 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds- 1½ teaspoon
Water- 2 Cups
Red Chilli Powder- 1½ teaspoon
White Sesame Seeds- 1 teaspoon
Ghee- 2 teaspoon
Salt- to taste
Oil- for deep frying
- Soak the yellow moong dal in water for half an hour.
- Boil water in a wide pan. Put the moong dal, ghee and salt.
- Add the rice flour and quickly combine it well. Turn off the flame and cover with a lid and keep aside.
- When the rice flour dough comes to the room temperature, add sesame seeds, cumin seeds and red chilli powder. Adjust salt if required and make a smooth dough.
- Apply oil in your hand and pinch a small piece of dough and make 4 inch length rope by rolling it. Make a ring by sealing the end of both the rope. Make sure to press it properly as it tends to break while frying.
- Prepare the same steps for making rings with remaining dough.
- Heat the oil in a heavy bottom frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the rings one by one.
- When the rings come to the surface of the oil and reduce the flame to medium. Turn the rings to other side and cook till they changed into golden brown colour. Remove from the oil and wipe the excess oil by kitchen tissue.
Give the usual snacks a break and serve these crisp and crunchy chakodis for tea next time to impress everyone with something new.