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Kuzhal Murukku/Thenkuzhal

20151123_191944I remember eating many different kinds of murukku/chaklis in my childhood. This particular kind was mostly available in Tamil Nadu. Crunchy and delicious. I made this as part of a Christmas project in 2015 where I put together some traditional snacks for my colleagues and friends.


Rice Flour- 2 cups

Urad Flour – 1/4 cup

Jeera – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Black Sesame seeds(optional) – 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Oil +Butter – 3 tbsp(melted and warm)

Warm water – to make a dough

Tools Required

Chakli/Murukku Machine


  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.


  • Add the oil- butter mixture and blend it into the flour.


  • Add water little by little to make a stiff dough. Place it in the machine with the disc as shown in the picture.



  • Pipe onto a parchment paper in a random style as shown below.


  • Scoop it up with a spoon and deep fry both sides in medium low heat till golden brown in color.


  • Note: If oil is too hot, it would brown too quickly but remain uncooked inside.
  • Enjoy.



Lemon Rice

20150423_102129Lemon Rice is an easy and popular recipe particularly in Tamil Nadu. Simple with few ingredients but an amazingly strong flavor.


Basmati rice (cooked) – 4 cups

Cardamom – 2

Mustard Seeds(black) – 2 tsp

Dried red chillies – 4

Chana Dal (split yellow peas) – 2 tsp

Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs

Unsalted peanuts – 1/2 – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1/2 cup

Turmeric pw – 1 tsp

Oil – 4 tbsp

Salt – To taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.20150423_101019
  2. Add the dried red chillies, curry leaves and saute. 20150423_101041
  3. Add peanuts, split peas and saute for another minute. 20150423_101111
  4. The peanuts should be golden brown in color. 20150423_101339
  5. Now add the rice, salt and lemon juice to it and stir fry it well incorporated. 20150423_101453