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4 Ingredient Vegan Rice Flour Chakli

Chakli” or, “Murukku” are spiral savoury crisp pretzel-like crisps that are great to snack on. There is another post that is for a baked recipe containing rice and lentil flour here.  This time around I was experimenting with using no oil and trying out the Air Fryer as a quicker way of making these moreish bites, when I discovered that I was out of lentil flour! This 4 ingredient recipe comes together just under 30 minutes including 14 minutes of air frying time.

4 Ingredient Chakli – Vegan, Oil & Gluten Free

(A delicious crisp pretzel like spiky biscuit with no oil and gluten.)


  • Fine Rice Flour – 1 cup
  • Ice Cold Water – approximately 1/2 cup (I needed a few teaspoons short of half a cup)
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Add the flour, salt and chilli powder in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Slowly add the ice cold water by the spoonful to make a pliable dough.
  3. Place the dough into a cookie spritz or “Chakli” press with the star tip.
  4. Gently pipe out whorls or ribbons if desired, on to squares of baking paper.
  5. Place this into the air fryer and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 12 – 15 minutes.
  6. Make sure to check from the 12 minute mark as the rice flour tends to burn and char quite easily.
  7. Remove from the air fryer basket when golden and cool thoroughly, before storing in an air tight box.


I cut out baking paper squares prior to spritzing out the whorls.
1 cup of rice flour made approximately 20 chakli and I could bake 4 – 5 in the air fryer basket at one go.




I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️


    1. Thank you 😊 😂 The family had no such feelings and polished them all off!

  1. One of the best snacks = Murkku! And coincidentally happens to be a seasonal staple snack across India; though I found this mallu recipe worthy of tirelessly chewing Murkus for an hour!

  2. I’ve never had this one. Looks awesome! I want to taste it but sounds difficult for me :”)

    1. Thanks Aki 😊 I really encourage you to give it a go, it’s easier than it looks. Use a thick piping bag with the small star nozzle and bake them in a hot oven. They are terribly addictive 🙂 X

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