August 18, 2019

Butter Murukku | Benne Murukku

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Butter (Benne) Murukku is the
south indian version of the chakli made by Gujaratis or Maharashtrians . It is very simple and easy to make with the ingredients  available in our pantry. There can be various proportions to the ingredients used in making this murukku , my recipe uses rice flour, besan(gramflour/kadalai maav) and unsalted butter.
The slightly extra quantity of butter is what gives the soft crunch to these murukku.
You will need a chakli maker or a murukku press to prepare these crunchy bites .

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Frying Time : 20 mins
Complexity  : medium

1 cup rice flour (100 gms)
2 tablespoon besan
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
Salt as needed
1 tsp jeera
1 tsp white sesame /til/ellu (optional)
Water to knead
Oil to fry

In a wide mixing bowl , add the rice flour , gram flour ,salt , cumin and mix it well .

Now add the butter and rub it well into the dry ingredients to form a crumbly mixture.

Slowly add water little by little and form a nice soft and pliable dough.

Grease the murukku press from the inside and fill it with a handful of this dough .

Heat the oil , drop a small piece of dough and it should sizzle up immediately.  This indicates that the oil is perfectly heated up .

Now , press the murukku maker over the oil carefully and fry the murukku /chakli.
Stir the murukku in the oil carefully and take it out once the hissing sound stops .

Keep  the oil temperature constant by  adjusting the flame of the gas . Too much heat will make the murukku dark from outside while less heat will keep it uncooked from within.

A little red chilli powder can also be added to the dough if you want the murukku to be a little spicy


  1. Crispy and crunchu butter murukku are so edictive. I can't stop eating once I start. Perfect tea time snack.

  2. Wow,I could eat this anytime. Great midnight snack. Murukku or chakri as we call it is a must at Diwali time. I still need to make mine so will try your recipe.

  3. Butter murukku or chakli is my favourite snack. I like how you've added some besan along with the rice flour to give it that extra crispiness. Will miss making it this year :(

  4. My son and myself are ardent fans of murukku. Loving this recipe. You are correct when you say that little extra butter gives the soft crunchiness. A considerable skill and patience needed here to make superb murukku. I am desperate to make them soon. Lovely post.

  5. Butter murukku is ideal to make for Diwali. I too make it in the similar way, looks crunchy and delicious.


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