Rice Flour Chekkalu Recipe, How to Make Rice Flour Chekkalu Appalu

Rice Flour ChekkaluRice Flour Chekkalu or Appalu is one of the famous Andhra snack. They are crispy and golden in color. Appalu is speckled with ground nuts and chana dal. They are hot favorites during the festive season of Sankranti and Dusshehra.

During my initial attempt to do circular disks using dough they were always breaking and had cracks, then I got to know that dough should be used immediately after mixing all ingredients.

There are many variations of making this recipe. My version is soft and crisp and tastes great accompanied with tea. You may also like to check my other recipes crispy rice flour rings and murukku recipes.

Rice Flour Chekkalu Recipe, How to Make Rice Flour Chekkalu Appalu

Rice Flour Chekkalu or Appalu is one of the famous Andhra snack.
Course Snack
Cuisine Andhra, Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 Medium Container
Calories 480 kcal
Author Rambabu Uppada


  • Rice Flour – 3 cups
  • Soaked Channa dal - 1 cup
  • Tymol/ nuvvulu/ sesame seeds – 1 tbsp.
  • Groundnuts - 1 cup.
  • Curry Leaves sliced - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 1 cup
  • Red chilly powder - 1/2 tbsp.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tbsp.
  • Butter/Vanaspathi – a small block of a piece 50 gms.
  • Water - 1 glass
  • Oil - to deep fry.


How to Make Rice Flour Chekkalu or Appalu:

  1. Sieve rice flour and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add chana dal, tymol seeds, curry leaves, soaked chana dal, groundnuts, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and red chilly powder.
  3. Mix all ingredients and add small piece of butter to get soft dough.
  4. Add required amount of water and mix well to get soft dough.
  5. Beat dough so that flour absorbs water and becomes soft. Keep aside.
  6. Take polythene paper and put small lump of dough on it, press hard with your hand so that dough gets spread out like a chapati.
  7. Heat oil in a wide pan and drop them gently.
  8. Deep fry till they turn golden brown color.

Tip: once they are fried they float over oil, also remove excess oil while removing from oil.

  1. Rice Flour Chekkalu or Appalu gets crispy when cooled.
  2. We can store them for a month when stored in an airtight container.

Recipe Video

How to Make Rice Flour Chekkalu or Appalu:

  • If you are using stock rice flour it is recommended to sieve it for any insects, but fresh flour is recommended.
  • Mix rice flour, soaked chana dal, Tymol seeds and groundnuts.

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Tip: Soak channa dal for at least 30 minutes.

  • Add sliced curry leaves, coriander leaves, red chilly powder and turmeric powder.

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Tip: We can even substitute red chilly powder with green chilly paste.

  • Add a small cube of butter of 50 grams to make soft Appalu Recipe.

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  • Add little hot/cold water and mix to get the soft dough.

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Tip: Beat the mixture flour hard. If you want it to be like soft you can even add a pinch of soda.

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  • Using a plastic polythene paper, make the flour into flat discs with your hands (make sure they come out with thin layer)
  • Now we can slice them into our required shape. I have used glass to slice it.

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  • On other side heat oil in a vessel and to check the optimum heat of oil drop a small piece of dough. If it raises then we can start deep frying Rice Flour Chekkalu.
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  • Once the oil is hot, fry them until they turn golden brown.

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  • Rice flour chekkalu are ready, store them in an airtight container.

Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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