First & foremost a very Happy Diwali to all of you. This Diwali has been extra special for me as my brother & sister-in-law are visiting us here. So I had to make some special dishes this year for them. In my quest to find some innovative snack recipes, I stumbled upon this one. It’s a traditional Andhra savory made during the festive season. It is known as Chegodilu and is made mainly using rice flour. I prefer to call it Ring Murukku/Chakli because of its shape. They are deep-fried, which makes them crunchy and crispy. Let me warn you, they are very addictive!
I usually give away Diwali gift hampers to all our family and friends when they come over to our place for Diwali dinner. The hamper usually consists of all sweets and savouries I make for this festive season. This year my hamper menu was Chegodilu, Shankarpali, Chocolate Peda and Sabudana Chakli. One of my best friend is from Andhra Pradesh. While I was hunting for some new recipe to make this Diwali, I was talking an old friend who is from Andhra Pradesh. She told me about their traditional dish which her mom makes every year. I loved the sound of this name – Chegodilu. Hence I added it to my final menu. I dedicate this post to my that friend – Rama! Thank you.
1 cup rice flour
1 cup water
1.5 tbsp moong dal
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp white sesame seeds
2 tsp red chili powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Soak the moong dal for at least 30 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
In a pan, boil water, then add the soaked moong dal, salt and a tbsp of oil to it. Bring this to a boil. Reducing the flame, slowly add the rice flour. Combine this well by stirring swiftly.
Take the pan off the gas. Cover the pan with a lid. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Let this cool completely. Once its cool, add the chili powder, sesame seeds and cumin seeds and mix it well.
Knead this into a smooth dough.
To make the chegodis, grease your palm with oil and pinch a marble size ball of the dough.
Roll between your palms to form a little thick rope.
Now join the two ends together to make a ring.
Cover them with a lid so that they don’t dry up.
Heat oil for frying. Slowly drop the prepared rings into it one by one.
Deep fry till they turn crisp and a get a nice golden brown color. Drain them out and let it cool completely. Store them in airtight container and enjoy this snack all day long!
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