Shital's-Kitchen: Baked Chakli

Monday, September 30, 2013

Baked Chakli

My favorite, and who does not love this crisp snack! Chakli or Chakri, as the name describes is a  swirl or pinwheel, a crisp, deep fried snack. I remember, my sister and I would munch on these while my mom made these fresh chaklis . More than half of it would be gone before storing in an airtight container :) Fun and memorable moments!

Deep fried chaklis cause an extreme guilt feeling. But, these baked ones are delicious and great for afternoon tea time snack. By simply making minor changes in eating habits, I am not sacrificing the delicious taste of this snack.

Here is the basic recipe my mom uses to make chaklis.
3 cups rice flour.

2 tbsp. sesame seeds or til.

2 tbsp. whole cumin or jeera.

1 1/2 tbsp. salt.

2 tbsp. chilli powder. (or to taste)

My mom would use 3 tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter.
I used 2 tbsp. olive oil.

A cup of low fat yogurt.

Mix all the ingredients well with your palm. Make a soft dough by gradually adding water. 
I used about 1 1/2  cup of water to form a soft dough. 

Knead the dough well and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

Here is my chakli press: a star shaped opening in a press to produce a great crisp texture.

Divide the dough into small portions to fill in the press.

Put the lid on and you are ready to press.

Lightly brush or spray some oil on the baking tray. Make swirls as you press the dough out of the disk.

You could deep fry these in hot oil.
Spray some oil and
Bake in a 375F pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or till they turn golden brown.

Couldn't wait to grab one from the oven! :)

While storing them in an airtight container, I also filled the snack bags for Snehanshu and me to take to work!

I don't think I am missing deep fried Chaklis, and these are fresh and way better than store bought ones!
Sprinkle Chat Masala, Garlic powder, Onions powder or Fresh herbs of your choice to create new flavors.

Happy Healthy Eating!!


  1. this looks perfect.. just like moms..
    were the chaklis very crunchy the way we like it or a bit on the softer side the way Jiju prefers??

  2. I've made fried chakri before, and just recently baked them using another recipe, which calls for sour cream...actually turned out much crispier!
    Can you use sour cream instead of yogurt in this recipe?

    1. Sure you can. I use the same recipe to fry and to bake them. It is my mom's recipe and we love the taste. If you have your traditional recipe or favorite one, try to use that recipe for baked chaklis. It might turn out good :)

  3. Planning to make it right now !

  4. I just tried this recipe, chakli came out super yummy and crunchy.. I will never fry them again. thanks you so much for wonderful blog.

    Just one question dies salt needs to be 1 1/2 tsp. rather than 1 1/2 tbsp. ?? Mine taste bit salty or it is yougurt adding the taste, I used store bought yogurt which is savor.

    1. I am so glad it worked for you and you liked it. Yes, please adjust the quantity of salt. I used the actual cup measurement so for 3 cups 1 1/2 cup was fine for me. Yes. it could also be sourness of the yogurt that imparts taste to chakli. Do try it again and alter the amount of salt. This is my favorite too! :)

  5. Thank you! looks great. But more healthier option would be to use full fat yogurt. Its is unprocessed and you need the milk fat to absorb the goodness of milk products.

    1. Totally, I agree. We too go with full fat milk and yogurt. I don't know why I had this at home that day :)

  6. Hi shital
    I tried this today and my chakalis shrunk and we're bitter and hard what did I do wrong

    1. Hello Sonali, You might see slight shrink because of baking and water content evaporating. Maybe over baking would have made it bitter (like burnt). These should have been nice and crisp.

  7. Hello Shital

    Can you please advice that at what level rack should I back chakli ? Middle or lower ?

  8. Nice receipe. Can we use bhajanee instead of rice flour? In case anyone tried it do let me know.

  9. i want to try this..did u use fresh home made rice flour or store bought? i have store bought with me.

  10. How is it yellow? Did u put haldi?