Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Chakli


"Bhajane" means roasting in Marathi. So "Bhajanichi Chakli" is chakli made with roasting of grains and daals. Traditionally, all grains and daals are washed and are slow roasted one after the other and then are ground adding spices to make the flour. This flour is then used to make a dough and the spirals of chakli are made. I have simplified the recipe by adding the flours and I roasted the flours directly since I don't have any access to flour mill.

In Mumbai, there are several shops which sell authentic & readymade Bhajani. So all you have to do is just knead the dough, make chakli from chakli press and fry it.

Bhajanichi Chakli
Ingredients
2 cups rice flour
1/3 cup besan/chickpea flour
1/3 cup moog daal flour
1/3 cup urad daal flour
1/4 cup bran flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1/4 cup barley flour
2 tbsp dhana-jeera powder/coriander-cumin seed powder
2 tsp Owa/Ajwain/Thymol seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Salt to taste
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil (Hot)

Oil for deep frying

Method
1. Roast each flour one after the other.
2. Roast sesame seeds, thymol seeds, coriander cumin seed powder one after the other.
3. Now mix all the roasted ingredients. Now your bhajani is ready. Add salt, turmeric powder and paprika. Make a well in the center.
4. Add hot oil. Mix. Add water gingerly to make a dough.
5. Knead well. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.
6. Grease the chakli mould and stuff a ball of dough. Make spirals.
7. Deep fry in the hot oil.
8. Remove on the paper towel to absorb excess oil.
9. Store in an airtight container.

Note -
1. You can keep the bhajani ready in the airtight container and take it on need basis to make chakli or thalipeeth(pancake)
2. Traditional recipe does not contain bran/soy/oat/barley flours. I have added them for the nutritional benefits. These flours are readily available in the organic health food stores like Whole Foods. You can just buy the desired amount from the foodbins.

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