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Chakli or Murukku ( chakri; chakli; muruku or ಚಕ್ಲಿ chakli; murukku; murukulu, చక్రాలు chakralu, or జంతికలు jantikalu,) is a savoury snack popular in India and Sri Lanka, originating in the cuisine of the South and West India. It is also popular in places with large Indian populations.


Murukku or Chakli originated in South Indian/West Indian cuisine . Because of its taste and easy preparation, it is now a widely available snack.


Murukku is typically made from a mixture of urad and rice flour, salt, and flavourings such as chili, asafoetida, ajawain, cumin and other spices.

The West Indian Chakri or Chakli is normally made of Besan and rice flour,unlike the Murukku.


The mixture is made into a batter, mechanically extruded, formed into a spiral or coil, and fried to a crisp. Murukku can also be rolled into a flat ribbon (ribbon murukku) or shaped by hand (kai murukku). Kai suthu murukku (Hand spun) is prepared by getting a string of dough and twisting it while winding it into a ring. This process is very hard, requires patience and is highly technical work. This profession is in high demand and is paid very well.

It is popular among the Indian residents of Fiji, and among Indian Fijians in North America., San Francisco Chronicle, October 29, 2004. Retrieved 2007-03-24. Murukku is traditionally enjoyed as a treat on Diwali., IndiaTimes Spirituality. Retrieved...
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