Crispy Murukku – A Savory Snack

Crisp Murukku

‘Murukku’ is a crispy savory snack and a great accompaniment with your evening tea or coffee. Homemade Murukku especially has an excellent taste and nothing can beat it. It tastes far better than any readymade or store-bought ones. ‘Murukku’ is sometimes referred to as ‘Chakli’, another savory snack as they are quite similar. However, the latter counterpart usually has chickpea flour in its ingredients. ‘Murukku’ on the other hand has pre-dominantly rice-flour and split skinless black gram dal in it.

It may seem like a daunting task to make it, as you need to get the right shape of the Murukku and then deep-fry them. So for the longest time, I avoided it and only made it when someone experienced was around to supervise making or help. However, once I tried it by myself, I found it simple to make. All you need is some patience, as the process of shaping and frying is a little time-consuming. The recipe that I am sharing today is one such no-fail recipe.

How to make Crispy Murukku ?

To make crispy Murukku, start by cooking the split skinless black gram lentils (urad dal). I used my regular pressure cooker to cook the urad dal. The ratio of urad to the water I used is 1/2:2. Cook it for about 4 whistles just like you would cook regular dal. It should be cooked thoroughly so it can be mashed well. Once the steam has released, transfer it to a bowl and mash it with a whisk or the back of a spoon. When you are able to handle the heat, add the rice flour, the rest of the ingredients melted butter, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, and asafoetida to form a smooth dough. The consistency should be such that you can easily pass it through the Murukku press. It should neither be too thick and dense nor too loose and flowing.

Use a Murukku maker or Murukku press with a star tip. Make a medium-sized ball using the Murukku dough and place it into the press. Shape out the Murukkus by pressing the dough in the maker, rotating the lever on the top and shaping it into spirals as it comes out of the maker. Feel free to use your hand to get the right shape. Place them on paper towels, so they can be ready for frying. Next deep-fry the Murukkus in high to medium-hot oil. Take care not to overcrowd when frying and add them one at a time to maintain the heat. Drain on to a paper towel when done. That’s all and you are done making this delicious savory snack. They can be stored in an air-tight container for a couple of weeks.

Crisp Murukku

To make the Murukku dough in an Instant Pot

Cook the split black gram lentils (urad dal ) using the pot in pot method. Add a cup of water to the inner pot. To cook the urad dal use 1: 1.5 cups water in the other container used for cooking. Cook on high pressure for about 25 mins and let the steam release naturally. Next, follow the steps in the recipe as usual.

What type of Murukku Maker to use ?

There are many kinds of murukku makers to purchase these days. The one that I have is a brass one which has many different tips and molds. You can use them and try various interesting shapes as well.

Crisp Murukku
5 from 7 votes
Crisp Murukku
Crispy Murukku
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

Crispy Murukku is a savory snack that has the perfect crunch , made with rice andskinless split black gram dal or urad dal best with tea or coffee and that is very addictive .

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter murukku, chakli, crispy murukku, murku
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup skinless split black gram lentil (urad dal)
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil melted
  • 1 pinch asafoetida optional
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 cups water 1 1/2 cups in IP
  • 5 cups vegetable oil deep fry
Instructions
  1. In apressure cooker cook the urad dal for about 4 whistles

  2. Once the pressure is released , transfer it to another bowl and mash the dal using a whisk.

  3. Add rice flour, butter, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida and make a soft dough.

  4. Make medium sized balls and fill it in the murukku press .

  5. Press and Shape the murukkus into spiral shapes.

  6. Heat about 5 cups of oil and add the murukkus to deep-fry. Add one by one and make sure not to overcrowd the murukkus in the oil so that the heat is maintained.

  7. Fry for about few minutes until they are cooked . Drain them out into a bowl lined with paper towel.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post on Murukkus .If you like savory snacks do check out my section on appetizers.Would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    January 14, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome!

  • Reply
    Megala
    January 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    5 stars
    These murukku look so beautiful & crunchy. Traditional home-made snacks are always healthier than store-bought snacks, so we can take these delicious murukku at any time with no guilt.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 15, 2021 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you so much Megala , means a lot coming from an expert like you . Absolutely right the home-made ones are healthier and one can have them guilt free for sure!

  • Reply
    Christy B
    January 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    I love the look of these! Yummy too, I’m sure! Sharing to Pinterest now 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 15, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      They are very addictive and make a great snack Christy. Thank you for sharing and the comments, appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Ray
    January 16, 2021 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    Looks so yummy. 💙💙💙☕️☕️☕️ doesn’t take long too, as I see 🙂 interesting recipe!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 16, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you Ray, yes not too long . The main effort is getting the shapes and these days the fancy press with lever on top make the process simplified with less effort!

  • Reply
    Aarthi
    January 17, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Looks perfect shape and texture, love this mullu muruku than the smooth finish once. Sesame seeds is a great addition , it adds so much flavor to the muruku, always our traditional snacks are the best and I’m so addicted to it!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 17, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much Aarthi. Yes, couldn’t agree more, traditional snacks are always the best . We also prefer the mullu murukku over the smooth ones at our home. The addition of sesame seeds is optional but as you rightly say it imparts a nice flavor. They are very addictive indeed!

  • Reply
    Lori Bosworth
    January 17, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    I have never heard of Murukku but it looks delicious! I like the healthy ingredients!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 17, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you so much Lori, glad you like it!

  • Reply
    Suni Santhosh
    January 18, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Muruku looks so perfect Nisha, I always enjoyed the crispness. ❤

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 18, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much Suni , yes it has the perfect crunch and crispiness to it !

  • Reply
    Di Hickman
    January 18, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    oooh I’ve had these before they’re delicious! So glad you’ve given us a recipe for them. We just bought a small fryer last year this is perfect!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 18, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      That’s awesome , you can now try this recipe with the fryer . Thank you so much for the comments!

  • Reply
    Melanie williams
    January 18, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    This was an interesting read, as not heard of these before. Murukku look really yummy and we will deffo be trying out this savoury treat, as we are always looking to try out new foods thank you so much x

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 18, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much. These savory treats are fun to make and delicious as well ! Glad to hear you found a new recipe to try. Happy cooking!

  • Reply
    Sharman Maidkar
    January 18, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    5 stars
    This is a Diwali time snack for us. It’s called “chakli” in Marathi. I will definitely try this recipe!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Oh! wonderful . I have had Chaklis as well , they usually have besan or chick-pea flour in it , and they are also very delicious . Nice to hear you will try this recipe of murukku. Thank you for the comments!

  • Reply
    Su
    January 19, 2021 at 12:29 am

    5 stars
    This is perfect for Veganuary! It looks really good and enticing. I was looking for a crunchy snacks the other day. So this is perfect! Though I’m not very good at cooking, I will have a go. 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you for the wonderful comment , it is a great crunchy snack so pretty sure you will love it!

  • Reply
    Diane
    January 19, 2021 at 6:33 am

    These look as fun to make as they must be to eat!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Exactly right Diane , it is indeed fun making them , tastes awesome and disappears in no time 🙂 Thank you for the comments!

  • Reply
    Lyosha
    January 19, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Looks so very tempting! i have just eaten (literally) but your post makes me want to eat it at once!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I agree they are very tempting indeed.

  • Reply
    Shar
    January 19, 2021 at 11:59 am

    I’ve had this snack before… love them! However, I always buy them at the supermarket. I’ll now try to cook from your recipe. Thanks!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Yes they are available to buy in most Indian grocery stores , and they taste ok most of the times. The homemade ones are defintely very fresh with no preservatives and have a unique taste . Glad to hear you will give it a try! Thank you for the comments.

  • Reply
    Clarice
    January 19, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Wow! This is interesting. This is the first to hear about Murukku and would love to try this as it seems easy to make. Will check if we have the ingredients available locally. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you so much , wonderful to hear you will give this a try . It is quite easy and fun to make with the murukku press . Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Indya | The Small Adventurer
    January 20, 2021 at 8:02 am

    This certainly sounds interesting! I can’t even imagine what it must taste like. I usually like something sweet when I’m having a cup of tea or coffee – such as some biscuits – but each to their own ☺️

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      January 20, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much for the comments . The closest I can think of in terms of crunch and taste is the Fritos corn chips available here, but then it is corn. Murukku has lentil and rice flour in the ingredients. I agree usually biscuits and baked goods are popular choices with tea and coffee , however back home folks love salty snacks as well .

  • Reply
    deeksha pathak
    February 1, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    Murukku looks perfect munching snack Nisha!! Crisp, buttery and a guilt-free lentil-based homemade snack!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 1, 2021 at 2:06 pm

      It’s a wonderful snack for sure and homemade makes it even better . Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    February 7, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    I love these unique recipes you share!!

  • Reply
    Athira
    February 10, 2021 at 10:10 am

    It’s very tasty…

  • Reply
    Athira
    February 11, 2021 at 2:58 am

    👍🏻

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