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Butter murukku pieces in a plate

Butter Murukku - Butter Chakli

Butter murukku or butter chakli is a gluten free cracker of sorts that is crispy fried yet melts in your mouth. It is absolutely divine yet so very easy to make. Though popularly made during Indian festivals like Diwali and Janmashtami, this can be made any time and devoured with a cup of chai.
Course Appetizer / Snack
Cuisine Indian, Indian - South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 384kcal
Author Manju


  • 2 cups rice flour
  • cup besan
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups water use less or more as needed depending on the brand of flour mix
  • 3 cups avocado oil for deep frying


  • To make the dough for this easy butter chakli, mix together all the ingredients except the oil to form a dough. Add the water a little by little while mixing and not all at the beginning.
  • Once you have a pliable but non-sticky dough, make lemon sized balls of it and add to the murukku press. Make sure the murukku press has the correct shaped filter holes for the murukku dough to pass through. I like to use star ones or the single bigger round hole to make this murukku.
  • Heat oil at medium high heat and drop a small piece of the dough to see if the oil is hot enough. If the oil is hot enough, the dough piece will bubble and rise up to the surface of the oil almost immediately.
  • Once the dough is in the press, close the press and while holding it on top of the hot oil, press down the top to get the dough to come out the base plate holes in strands.
  • The dough will break into 2-3 inches pieces and that is normal.
  • Do not over crowd the oil or the murukku won't cook evenly. Using a spider or a slotted spoon, drain out the murukku pieces from the oil once they look and feel crispy. Don't let them get golden brown, that is too cooked. They will continue to cook in the heat even after taking them out.
  • Drain on a plate topped with paper towels. Wait till it cools down to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.


Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg