South Indian Snack ~ Murukulu with a cup of coffee

Murukku was part of our Sankranti festive food preparations this year. Murukku, also known as Chakli, Murukulu and Jantikalu, is a favorite savory snack in our home. A traditional and classic snack that is crunchy and addictive with a cup of coffee or masala chai. Perfect to serve guests and works great as an after school Indian snack for kids. You can never stop with one or two of these gluten free delights.

There are a few variations to the Murukku recipe that has rice flour as its key ingredient. Either urad dal flour, chickpeas flour or roasted chickpeas flour goes in and adds color and flavor along with cumin or carom seeds or sesame seeds. You have unlimited variations in flavor or shapes to chose from and as a newbie you will need a little practice to make the concentric circles. A janthikalu press with a single star shaped disc is essential to prepare this culinary gem among South Indian recipes.

murukku evening snack


  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 40

Main Ingredients:

  1. rice flour


  • Rice flour - 4 cups, home made (refer 'tips' below)
  • Roasted chickpeas powder - 1 cup (dalia, putnala pappu)
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp, optional
  • Butter - 3 tbsps, melted
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Heat 2 cups water and a tsp of salt in a stainless steel vessel. Bring to a boil and reduce flame. Slowly add the rice flour and mix to form a gooey paste. Place lid and keep aside to cool.
  2. Once the rice flour paste cools, add roasted chickpeas powder, cumin seeds, red chili powder, asafoetida powder and melted butter. Mix well to make a smooth dough. If required add a little more rice flour to form a smooth dough. Alternately, if you feel that the dough needs some water to form a dough, sprinkle some warm water and mix to form a smooth dough. Ensure that the dough is not too soft or hard, It should be just right to come through the press to form murukkus.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel. While the oil is heating prepare the murukkus for deep frying.
  4. Place a single star shaped disc in the murukku press, grease the insides of the mold, fill the mold with some of the prepared dough and make concentric shaped murukkus on a wax paper/greased banana leaf or a greased plastic sheet. This helps to easily transfer them into the hot oil. Prepare 6 to 7 for each batch based on how large the vessel is for deep frying.
  5. To test if the oil is hot enough for deep frying, drop a small ball of the dough into the oil. If it sinks to the bottom of the vessel with a sizzle and come right up. The temperature of the oil is right for deep frying.
  6. Reduce flame to medium and place 5 to 6 of the prepared murukkus and deep fry to a golden brown shade. Do not deep fry on high flame.
  7. Remove onto absorbent paper. Once cool, store in air tight container.


  • To prepare rice flour at home. Soak 3 to 4 cups rice in water for 4 hours. Drain water and wash thoroughly. Drain water completely and spread on a thin cloth or paper. Dry overnight indoors. Next day grind the dried rice to a fine powder. Sieve to make a fine powder. Store in an air tight container upto 2 months.
  • Ensure that the dough is not too soft or hard, It should be just right to come through the press to form murukkus.
  • Always keep the unused dough covered while the rest of the murukkus are cooking.
  • While one batch of murukku is frying, start pressing the concentric circles/murukkus for the next batch to be fried. Do not prepare all the murukkus at once as they will dry out.
  • Do not fret too much if the murukku breaks while pressing into concentric circles. With practice, you should be able to make perfectly shaped murukkus.



Murukku, an evening snack recipe made with rice flour and roasted chickpeas flour. Addictive South Indian snack that goes well with a cup of tea or coffee.


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28 Responses

  1. nilanjana says:

    yes yes yes! the idea of Murukku is so comforting on this wet rainy day

  2. Beautifully presented and photographed. I love murukku though have only had the store-bought kind. Should give this a try…

  3. God, I was dreaming of these a few days back. Will be trying it out!

  4. YB Guru Sifu says:


  5. Mehul Teli says:

    Simple yet tasty !!!

  6. Sridevi ravishankar says:

    I am planning to make some snacks as I am expecting visitors this week end. Murukku is perfect. Lovely pictures and well explained cooking method. Thanks.

  7. Sridevi ravishankar says:

    I am planning to make some snacks as I am expecting visitors this week end. Murukku is perfect. Lovely pictures and well explained cooking method. Thanks.

  8. Azba says:

    O dont have the disc, is there no other way than janthikalu press?

  9. Rekha thacker says:

    what is chickpea powder? is it available in d market?can we make it at home?if yes,HOW?

  10. Sujatha Chitturi says:

    Hi Sailu! I am a big follower of your blog and have tried many recipes successfully in the past. Never gave any feedback even though they all deserve one.
    After trying the Murukus, I thought I had to let you know how appreciative I am for your recipes.
    They came out so well, my kids thought they were store bought as I always do because I never had the guts to try such snacks.
    This recipe with simple ingredients and straight forward directions convinced me to give it a try and it was HUGE success! A big thank you from all of us in our family!!

  11. Prasuna says:

    i have tried muruku, it came tasty and appearance is also very good. thanks for the recipe.–prasuna

  12. Reddy Prabha says:

    Can I soak the rice for more than 4 hours? Will this affect the texture of Murukku?

  13. Lakshmi says:

    Dear Sailu

    Murukku looks perfect. Will it change the proportions a lot if I use store bought rice flour? My food processor may not yield as fine a flour as store bought. I am afraid it will alter the texture, ruin the recipe.
    I wished I could pluck one from that beautiful bowl- chala nachindhi. Aa bowl set ekkada konnaru?

    • You could try a small batch with store bought rice flour. I do not think it will ruin the texture as long the store bought rice flour is not of old stock. I picked the bowl in the local Lepakshi Emporium. You should find in most Indian handicraft stores

  14. Sonam Christopher says:

    I love your tea cup and saucer set. They are lovely, are they available only in India or can we procure them in the U.S. as well? Thank you for the wonderful recipes and great pictures.

    • Ravi and Geeta, Chicago says:

      Hi Sonam,
      Cups and saucer is always lovely. I got six sets from a website. Originally they are from UK. I had to spend closely US Dollars 100 for the six sets. Only, they are usually 4 ounce size. The design is aristocratic with gold rim and pastel floral design. I can send you a link and also picture of the cup and saucer. All my family and visitors appreciate the beauty of these classic china ware.

      • Sonam Christopher says:

        Oh, I would appreciate it if you could share the link, thank you so much for the reply. The design as well the shape is so unique. Yes, good china sets are expensive unfortunately, especially the ones from the UK. Thank you again

    • Thank you. This set is a gift and am not sure where they were bought.

  15. Momina says:

    hi :)

    do we have to roast the chickpeas 1st & then make powder & then measure it?
    kindly explain

  16. Santosh says:

    Hi Sailu,

    I am trying Murukku. for the first time but it got spread in the oil while frying.

    My oil has become complete mess up . Please help me to solve my problem to make good Murukku.

  17. Siri_twins mom says:

    This is a perfect recipe..I made them 1st time ever and they came out crispy and crunchy…Thanks a lot Ms. Sailu

  18. Ali Akbar says:

    for commercial purpose how long we can store the murukku and are there any special methods to protect murukku from fugues? –

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