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  • Writer's pictureSharanya Raghunath

Air Fried Mullu Murruku | Chakli

As many of you already know, I created this blog to have fun and express my creative side. This Deepavali, I wanted to challenge myself and create a healthier version of one the most popular Diwali snacks - Mullu Murruku or Chakli.

In all honesty, this recipe started off as an air fried ribbon pakoda but when I tried to push the dough through the Iddiyappam press, nothing came out! I decided to use the chakli/mullu murruku maker and it worked! This recipe was a big win! One of my favorite things to do is take a traditional Indian recipe and challenge traditional methods with modern methods of cooking.


1 C of Rice Flour

1/2 C of Chickpea Flour

4 Tbs of Ground Roasted Channa Dal

1 Tbs of Sesame Seeds

4 Tbs of Ghee or Butter

1/2 tsp of Red Chili Powder

1/2 Tsp of Turmeric

3/4 -1 Tsp of Salt

Water for kneading

  • Add all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well.

  • Add the ghee and using clean hands, mix everything together.

  • The mixture will still be crumbly. Slowly add water and knead the dough into a soft ball. I ended up using about 1/2 C of water.

  • Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside.

  • Preheat the Air Fryer for 375 F.

  • Add a ball of dough into the Iddiyappam or Chakli press.

  • Line your air fryer tray with parchment paper. Press the murruku directly on to the air fryer tray.

  • Air fry the murruku for 8 minutes.

  • Let the murruku cool down before storing it in an airtight container.

I was VERY proud of this recipe. It is crisp and buttery. It tastes like the deep fried version so if you are looking for healthy diwali snacks, you must try this.

Hope you have a safe and happy Deepavali/Diwali. If you recreate my recipes, make sure to share a photo and tag me on Instagram.

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