Murukku is a savoury, crunchy Indian snack. The snack originated in the Tamil Nadu state, and its name derives from the Tamil word for “twisted” (Tamil: முறுக்கு), which refers to its shape. Murukku is popular all over India, and also in other countries where Tamil diaspora is present: Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia.

Murukku is typically made from rice flour and urad dal flour. It is sometimes called “chakli”; chakli is a similar dish, typically made with an additional ingredient, bengal gram (chickpea) flour.

The flours are mixed with water, salt, asafoetida and either sesame seeds or cumin seeds. The mix is kneaded into a dough, which is shaped into spiral or coil shapes either by hand or using a mould. The spirals are then deep fried in vegetable oil.

Other varieties include:
⇒ Rice and lentil murukku (Mullu murukku)
⇒ Light crispy murukku (Thenkuzhal murukku)
⇒ Coconut milk murukku (Thengai paal murukku)
⇒ Wheat flour murukku (Godhumai murukku)
⇒ Spicy murukku (Kaara murukku)
⇒ Garlic murukku (Poondu murukku)
⇒ Ring muruku
⇒ Butter murukku (Vennai murukku)
⇒ Besan Murukku
⇒ Rice murukku (Arisi murukku)
⇒ Sweet murukku (Achu murukku or Achappam)