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Monday, April 11, 2016

J - Jantikalu/ Savory Snack

Jantikalu is a savory snack from Andhra. There are so many versions of Jantikalu but the one I'm sharing today is the one that my Peddi (Mom's older sister) used to make since we were kids.
She adds potato to the rice flour and said it makes the Jantikalu much more crispier.
My kids like the different shapes, so I made some in Muruku shape too to satisfy their eyes....

Preparation Time: 15 minutes 
Cook Time: 30 minutes 
Makes : 30-35 Jantikalu 

Rice Flour: 2 cups 
Putnalu/Roasted Bengal gram : 1/4 cup
Potato: 1 medium 
Green chilies: 10-12
Cumin Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon 
Butter : 2 tablespoons melted 
Salt to taste 


Boil the potato and peel the skin.
Take the potato, cumin, salt and green chilies in a blender add 2 teaspoons of water and make a smooth paste.
Take the Bengal gram and grind into fine powder.
Melt the butter.
Add rice flour and Bengal gram powder in a bowl and make a well, add melted butter and potato mixture. Mix well to make a hard dough. (Do not add water now)
Heat oil for deep frying, take the Jantikalu press, grease it, take a little bit of dough, add little water to make it softer consistency, place it in the press and press the Jantikalu into oil. Fry till golden on both sides. It should take about 2 minutes.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.


  1. Adding potato is a great tip for crispy janthikalu Amara. They jave turned just sooo perfect -- crispy, crunchy & addictive.

  2. Yep, potato adds crispness to janthikalu. Addictive and crunchy munchies.

  3. Amazing crunchy snack..and with potato in it , it must have tasted awesome..would love to try some of that crispy munch...beautifully made.

  4. Oh nice knowing you added potato to it..I love these murukkus..

  5. Just love this crispy munchies, all time favourite.

  6. Next time when I make murukku, I will try your version of adding potatoes. They look so crispy and delicious..

  7. Adding potato is great.. They look so crispy, tempting and very inviting.

  8. new and easy snack to make...i need all such recipes now with lil one growing up, thanks for sharing

  9. Such an interesting snack to munch on.Lovely.

  10. Addition of potato sounds interesting,crispy and crunchy snack to munch..

  11. Wonderful! Adding potatoes is an excellent idea and love how crispy your murukku has turned out.

  12. Adding potato is new to me but jantikalu have turned out crispy and crunchy.

  13. I loved the traditional snack Amara. And the ancient maker looks so amazing.

  14. Love the addition of potato. I am sure it adds to the crispiness.

  15. Wow crisp looking jantikalu. Putnalu and potato both?I used to add any one of those will give a try now...

  16. Next time , I shall add potatoes and make murukku. Looks very crispy and delicious!!

  17. i shall also try this with adding potatoes...