Champakali is a traditional deep fried snack usually made during Diwali. I think the name refers to the ‘bud’ shape of the snack. This flower shaped savoury Champakali is a modified version of the traditional snack not only in shape but also in taste. Ginger-garlic-coriander are added to the dough to enhance the taste. I had tasted it couple of years ago,when I was invited as a judge for a Diwali special cooking competition organised by a local school. I tried recreating it at home and everyone loved it. Plan to make it again this year, will update here with photos of every step.
Making flower shaped Champakali is a bit tedious, it requires some practice and lots of patience. Once you get a hang of it though the end result is very rewarding – gives you a sense of achievement. If you are looking for a unique, savoury snack for Diwali, this deep fried drip is for you 🙂