Moong Dal and Wheat Flour Chakli in Instant Pot / Mugachi Chakli

Hello Foodies,
        Chakli is one of my favorite snacks, either it's made up of rice(murukku), multigrain

(bhajnichi), butter, wheat flour, and many more versions. Moong Dal Chakli is a crispy and delicious snack that is prepared during Diwali in all households in India. Making Chaklis is a little time consuming, but I have found a new way, yes Instant Pot way and it's really very easy and perfect way to prepare it by using Instant Pot, with no mess. It is an ideal snack with evening tea.
         From all the versions, today I have used moong dal and whole wheat combination(i know its healthier version, right?). It tastes so good and very similar to traditional bhajanichi chakli. It is crispy, tasty and perfectly done and so addictive that you just can’t stop at one. This chakli is the most favorite crunchy snack in India, specially prepared in every house during Diwali along with many other delicacies.
           Chakli is also known as चकली(chakali) in Marathi, ಚಕ್ಕುಲಿ chakuli in Kannada, Gujarati - Chakri, Telugu - chakralu, and Konkani - Chakri. There are various methods to make chakli. Murukku, a similar recipe of chakli typically made with rice flour. Kadboli is a similar recipe of chakli, but the only difference is that the Kadboli shaped by hand instead of an extruder. Bhajnichi Chakli is made as a part of the Diwali faral (Diwali snacks & sweets) in Maharashtra. This moong dal and wheat flour chakli turned out very crispy (कुरकुरीत), crunchy. So give it a try and make this snack more healthy and tasty.



Preparation and Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

YouTube Video:


Ingredients :

  1. Moong Dal 1 Cup (100 g)
  2. Wheat flour 3 cups
  3. Sesame seeds 1 Tbsp
  4. Red Chilli Powder 1 Tbsp
  5. Turmeric powder 1 Tsp
  6. Coriander powder 1 Tsp
  7. Cumin powder 1 Tsp
  8. Carom seeds 1 Tsp
  9. Salt 1 Tsp
  10. Asafoetida 1 pinch
  11. Veg.oil for frying
  12. Water as needed to knead the dough 

Instructions:

  1. To Cook Moong Dal in Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot :
    1. Wash moong dal and add 1 Cup of water.
    2. Turn on Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water to
      the pot and place Moong dal pan with trivet.
    3. Close the lid, place vent on sealing position and select manual mode(high) for 8 minutes.
    4. NPR for 10 minutes and release remaining pressure manually.
    5. Let the moong dal cool completely, then transfer cooked moong
      dal to the grinder or food processor and grind to make a fine paste.
  2. To Cook Wheat Flour :
    1. Put the wheat flour in a muslin/cotton cloth, tie it and steam it for 15 minutes by using the steam function of the instant pot.
    2. NPR for 10 Minutes then release remaining
      pressure manually.
    3. Untie the cloth and transfer the cooked Wheat flour into the mixing bowl or plate.
    4. Big cake piece of flour will be formed, so you can break it all with your hand and sieve the cooked flour.
  3. To Prepare Dough for Chakli :
    1. In a mixing bowl add flour, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin, and coriander powder, asafoetida, salt, carom seeds, and sesame seeds and mix well.
    2. Now add cooked moong dal paste into the flour and knead to make a dough by adding water(add water as needed).
  4. To Make Chakli :
    1. Now, grease chakli press (shevga/ mold/utensil) with oil and stuff enough dough into chakli extruder(utensil).
    2. Place an aluminum foil or parchment paper and roll the utensil with the handle and move into a circular motion to make chakli(as shown in the video).
    3. Once done, fry chakli on medium flame, until it turns into golden color(Keep it on kitchen napkin to remove excess oil).
    4. Here, crispy and tasty chakli is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

My Take : 

  1. If you don't have Instant Pot in your hand, you may use Indian pressure cooker to Cook Moong dal(make 4 whistles) and to steam wheat flour(steam for 15 Minutes).
  2. If you don’t have chakli press/ mold, then you can just use piping bags using star nozzle.

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Dietary Comments :

Based on a 2000 calorie diet. Per serving contains 50 calories, along with carbohydrates - 6.8 g, dietary fibers - 1.2 g, fats - 2 g, proteins - 1.57 g. 

Health Benefits of Mugachi Chakli(Moong Dal Chakli):

  1. They are packed with potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, and vitamins.
  2. Protein - mung beans have high protein content it can be easily consumed by vegans and vegetarians to fulfill their protein needs.
  3. Beans have a cold property, which can further help to protect our body from a hot temperature in summer.
  4. Anemia - Being rich in iron, consumption of mung beans on a daily basis can help your body recover from iron deficiencies like anemia.

Good Time To Eat :
             It's good to eat Chakli as snacks.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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