Cook's Hideout: Dalia Murukku

October 22, 2009

Dalia Murukku

My mom gave this recipe for murukkus with dalia (putnala pappu); I made them for Diwali and they turned out super crunchy and delicious. They are very quick & easy to make too.

Dalia (Putnala pappu/ Roasted chana dal) – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 3 cups
Sesame seeds – 2tbsp
Ground Cumin – 2tbsp
Red chili powder – 2tsp (or more if you want spicy murukkus)
Salt – 1-2 tsp
Hot Oil – 3tbsp (or ghee for a non-vegan version)

  • Update 10/23: Grind dalia to a fine powder. Thanks Pari for pointing this out.
  • Mix all the ingredients; add about 1-2 cups of water to bind everything together and form a dough similar to puri dough.
  • Heat about 2 cups of oil in a kadai. Make small lemon size balls and put them in the murukku press; press directly in the hot oil in a circular pattern to get round interlocked murukku. Fry on medium flame till the dough turns golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon flip and cook on the other side for another minute or until it gets golden. Remove on to a paper towel. Repeat with rest of the dough.
Aside from being very addictive, these are super crunchy; so if you want a little bit less crunchy reduce the amount of rice flour. They keep good in a airtight container for at least 2 weeks.


  1. Hi Pavani. Did you grind the dalia or you added it whole? In the clicks I can not see the whole Dalia.
    I have posted a similar version with Potato, check out if you like.

  2. My aunt does but not my mom with dalia, looks super crunchy!

  3. Ooooh they look amazing! Never had them before.

  4. I did this murukku for diwali...prefect evening snacks!

  5. That looks crunchy. Have never tried with dalia, will surely try it out next time.

  6. Chakali has come out perfect and crunchy!!
    Looks yummy!!

  7. Muruku look awesome, never made with Dalia Must give it a try!

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  9. I've never heard of these.. they look so cool!

  10. these look so enticing!
    I wonder what the used press looks like, I have never heard of them, sorry!

  11. something new and sounds healthy too!


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