Muruku is a savory and crunchy South Indian snack. I have lovely memories associated with it which go back to my hostel days. My friends and I would spend hours chatting over a packet of home made muruku which my mom used to prepare. Its name is derived from Tamil word for “twisted” which refers to its shape. It is also called “chakli” in some regions which is similar but made using different combination of ingredients. This is a wonderful snack to be carried during traveling as most kids love it too and it lasts very long.


  • Rice Flour – 1 cup
  • Lightly roasted powdered Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Butter – 1 teaspoon ( If you use salted butter, take care to add little less salt during preparation)
  • Sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Preparation Time: 5 mins.

Cooking Time: 15-20 mins.


Take a bowl and add all the ingredients except oil to it. Mix well using your hands.

Now add little water at a time and start kneading the above mix. Keep doing this till the ingredients bind well together. The resulting dough should not be too hard or too soft. Usually around a cup of water is required to reach the right consistency, but it can vary a bit hence add the water gradually.

Put the dough into the muruku maker (using the star plate).

Take a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai. Add enough oil to it for deep frying. Heat the oil.

Once oil is hot, add the dough for frying by pressing it through the muruku maker (you can purchase it online or at supermarkets/local shops). Turn sides gently once it gets cooked a bit. Once brown and crispy, remove from the kadhai/pan. When the deep frying process is complete, turn off the stove.

Muruku is ready. Store in an airtight container once it has cooled down completely.