Traditionally chakuli is a deep-fried Indian snack prepared using rice, lentils, and different spices. This "instant" version uses rice flour and is baked instead of fried, making them a delicious snack that satisfies your craving for something crunchy. They're spicy, crunchy, savory, and irresistible.

Baked Chakuli: Indian Rice Fritters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




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  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of asafoetida, garlic powder, or onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening or oil
  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt
  • Salt, to taste


  1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, add rice flour, vegan yogurt, chili powder, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, pepper powder, asafoetida, turmeric powder, and salt and mix well.
  3. Add warm water little by little and knead it to form a semi-soft dough.
  4. Put the prepared dough in the chakli press and start shaping it into a spiral shape on a greased baking tray from the center towards the outside. If you don't have a chakli press, you can make them by hand by forming the dough into sticks.
  5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, turning it once at the 13-minute mark, or until it is done.
  6. Chakli is now ready. Cool it and store it in airtight container. This will remain fresh for at least 15 days.

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