This heavenly tasting, crunchy, munchy snack is called Thenkuzal. It is paler in color compared to murukku, eaten with afternoon tea or coffee. Simple to prepare and is perfect for every occasion. My husband like thenkuzal very much for him I used to prepare often. It took me less than a hour to make them. I would have gone with a freshly milled Rice flour and urad flour and thenkuzal were great..
Rice flour - 3 cups
Urad Dal flour - 1cup
Melted butter – 1to 2 Tbsp
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
A pinch of asafoetida
Water - 1 & 1/4 cups (I needed this much. This may vary)
Oil to fry
A deep frying pan & a Chakli press
1. Mix the two flours (arisi maavu and ulutham maavu) in the specified ratio.( Mix well all the ingredients (except water & oil) in a mixing bowl. Then gradually add water to the bowl and make a dough, almost like rice flour rotti dough. It should not be watery or very hard, should be somewhere in between.)
2. Add Jeera, asafoetida powder, salt and butter and mix it all into a thigh dough consistency.
3. Make small balls and drop into the acchu.( For Thenkuzal, use the thenkuzal plate, the one which has bigger perforations than a sev one or simply, the one with plain holes. After fixing the plate, take a small portion of the dough and fill it into the chakli press and in a circular motion, press out the dough into the oil. The coils of dough would form a concentric circle. This dough is easy to work with and you can make two to three separate circles at a time or a single one.)
4. Heat oil in a small wok / deep frying pan.When fumes fumes rising Put thenkuzal template in oil one by one.Fry till they turn attain a slight golden tinge. You don't have to fry them till they turn golden brown as murukku. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them .
5.Repeat the same process with the remaining dough and fry them in batches. Frying thenkuzal takes very less time, if you do it on a medium flame. Have a yummy thenkuzal for coffee/tea.
oh i really love this .. looks crunchy .. nice to munch with rea
wow! delicious snack!
ur new template is too cool!
Thank you Deesha & Srilekha for quick response.
oooh, looks so mouth-watering. My fav. snack!
Wow I was searching for this recipe from ages and was not sure about the name of the dish...
My hubby too prefer this version of chakri / murukku than normal besan one....
Thanks for sharing...
Hey Jaishree, the thenkuzhal looks perfect... and new profile pic too! Looking pretty.
Wow, the template look great Jayashree! I love thenkuzal, they look perfect :)
thenkuzhal looks yummy...n thanks for ur concern jaishree :)
can we use ready-made flour or we have to grind them? looks so nice.
wow.. i am missing the chakkli press here.. [:(]
ThankYou Uma,Purva, Anu divya, gita, Ramya, Uj for loving comments.
Sharmi thank you for your sweet comments. I always use fresh Grinded flour.
oh looks perfect & crispy.. sounds delicious..
wow that looks crisp and yum
Dear shree, my net was down for couple of days and more, so cudnt get u dear. its good that u saw that i tagged u already. btn thenkuzhal is one of the hardest recipe...guess u made it simple for me. thank you for the lovely comment. nice to know that u are interested in my writing! it really means a lot, than i mention. well...will certainly post veg & non-veg while highlighting scientific insights....
After the gr8 parade of sweets here following the savories... Hm.. looks delicious.
Hey changing the prof pic and template too on and off?!.. looking gr8 and somehow matching too (to yr dress)
check out my blog for the EFM Sweet series - Round Up!
Thanku sripriya,Rekha for lovely comments:)
Malar,Thank u for your concern &vfor loveing comments.
Hema thak u sooooooomuch for sweet compliments.
Thanku Srilekha for adding me in wonderful roundup.
Your thenkuzhal is really superb dear. I used to get it in a more brown color. Lovely recipe.
I love all South Indian savories, and thenkuzhal is one such! Wish I could have a crack at it now!
Thenkuzhal is my all time fave crunchy snack and yours are looking very very yummy and tempting :-)
Your murukkus have come out well.
I did plain murukku yesterday for xmas with exactly or almost the same measurements as you. Thank you very much for the comment.
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