Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Diwali Special Choraphari or Choraphali - Fried Crispy Gramflour puffs !

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

As biggest Hindu Festival Diwali ( The Festival of Lights ) is just round the corner so is the mood of the festive season which means only one thing for us all and that is celebration, celebration and celebration !! and there is a sense of anticipation in the air. Families prepare their homes for the special festivities, thoroughly clean their house, decorate their houses with flower garland, Oil lamps are lit , in these modern times people use floating candles and firecrackers are set off to drive away evil. Diwali festival symbolise the victory of spiritual goodness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.

Every household look forward to pleasing the Goddess Laxmi ( Godess of wealth)  and thus many offering are being prepared in the families. Diwali is a special occasion that calls for feasts enjoyed by the young and the old. Special sweet Indian foods are prepared at this time and shared with relatives and friends as Diwali gifts. Thinking and preparation of the food and what to make and how to impress guests and friends, is sort of a  monopoly for us women :)

Around a month before the festival starts, older generation women get together in each others kitchens attempt to make the all important Diwali snacks. Snack-making is very much a social activity, with older women turning out a dozen or more items, but young people keeping the tradition alive by making at least a few.

Sad but it's true, times have changed now, currently in India, many do not bother about preparing these traditional snacks or mithais, they buy extravagantly decorated boxes of mithai, ( Indian Sweets ) dried fruit, nuts or silver serving dishes and share with family and friends. Last year I went around Diwali time to show my daughter Diwali celebrations in India, frankly speaking I was disappointed. We did not witness any celebration, which I use to celebrate as I was a child. Most of them are busy preparing their holidays or busy in their own life, there was no social gathering or should I say there were no spirit of celebrating this festival !

I've grew up by seeing my mum making lots of snacks and sweets during every Diwali, she used to prepare very traditional and authentic dishes, and us siblings used to wait eagerly for those delicacies. Most of the time we used to help her in making those too, since then I learnt to make many of those snacks. Today I am sharing one of her recipe Choraphali or Choraphari !

A Gujarati Snack, Choraphari ( Crispy Gramflour puffs ) which she used to make so beautifully. It's widely available in the shops and most of the people don't bother about making them at home. It's not everyone's cup of tea to getting this right. Every puff has to be fluff fully and very crispy. It took me a while but now I've mastered it, whenever I prepare them,  99% choraphali fluffs turn out perfect :)

You will need :-
  • 200 g gram flour
  • 100 g Urad daal flour
  • Salt as taste
  • Pinch of soda bi carbonate
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Red chilli powder and black salt ( Sanchar Powder ) to sprinkle

Method :-
Sieve and mix both flour, salt and soda in one bowl.
Add little water and knead a stiff dough. ( If you've food processor use here, life is much easier, my dough was ready in less than 15 minutes ).
Without food processor you'll need a more time and strength.
Take dough on a surface, add little oil and start beating with rolling pin or use pastel and mortar to make softer dough.
If your dough is not kneaded and betted well, choraphali will not fluff up and won't be crispy either. So make sure you knead the dough quite well and punch it down well to make dough soft. ( take your anger out here, if you have any :P )
Divide the dough into equal size portions , make lemon size balls.
Roll out on the smooth surface with the rolling pin into very thin circle.
Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai and cut long strips from the thin circle, these strips called CHORAPHARI.
Deep fry them till they fluff very well, transfer them into wide plate.
Sprinkle seasoning powder and let them cool completely.
Serve them with special chutney. ( recipe coming soon )

Linking it to Made with love Mondays !
Happy Cooking :)


  1. Gram flour puff looks crunchy and yummy snacks.

  2. I love the texture of these, Jagruti! They're so marvelously crispy... And such a simple list of ingredients!

    1. Exactly..you don't need so many expensive or exotic ingredients to prepare delicious dishes.

  3. Omg, they came out extremely puffy and quite addictive.

    1. These are quite addictive :) especially when eaten with chutney :)

  4. This is new to me but it looks delicious and perfect to try this Diwali.

    1. You would fine these in Most of the Gujarati households :)

  5. Feeling nostalgic. Nowadays Diwali celebrations are not the same like they used to be. Lovely post. Is this and faphara same?

    1. Well, kind of but tastes and texture is different than fafda.

  6. These look delicious and would be perfect with a cup of hot masala tea.

  7. First by looks I thought it was some kind if complicated stuffed roll.. but after reading your write up i realized how simple the recipe is. Looks delicious 😋

  8. This is so good, I love savoury snacks.

  9. Wow love it... so nicely elaborated the recipe. Superb captures..

  10. I am so intrigued by this unique recipe. I have to try this.

  11. Jagruti, you're so right, the old Diwali charm is not there. People don't want to have oily snacks or make them at home. I remember helping both my mum and mother in law to make huge tinful of choraphali and mathias. Love the way yours have puffed up.


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