Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chola fali - For Indian Cooking Challenge


This month Srivalli came up with a Gujarati Snack for Indian Cooking challenge – Chola fali. I have tasted few Gujarati snacks before, but have not heard of this. There were two different version of the recipe to choose from and I chose Lataji’s version. I was able to get Mathia flour from Indian stores . Below is the recipe.



  1. Besan flour – 1 cup
  2. Mathia Flour – 1 cup
  3. Salt – as per taste ( I added 1/4 tsp )
  4. Baking soda – a pinch
  5. Ghee - 1 tbsp.
  6. Water - To make the dough
  7. Oil - as required ( to pound the dough and for rolling )
  8. Black Salt – 1 tbsp.. ( for sprinkling )
  9. Chilli powder 1 tbsp.. ( for sprinkling )


In a bowl , Sieve the Besan flour and Mathia Flour and add the cooking soda . In a pan , add the Salt , warm it for few mins and add it to the flour mix.


Add Ghee , mix the flour along with little water to form a stiff dough. Rest the dough for few mins. Before starting to roll , knead the flour again adding few drops of oil now and then. Repeat it until you feel the dough feels elastic and light. Keep the dough covered while making the rolls to avoid drying.


Take small balls , Grease the surface with liitle oil and roll as thin as possible. Cut out thin strips.


Deep fry the strips few at a time in oil. Fry them until it is crispy and transfer to container.


Add the black salt and chilli powder and sprinkle it while warm .  ( I added only little chilli powder and salt so that I can give few to my daughter as well.)


Notes : Dough needs to be stiff. Roll it very thin such that it is transparent. Otherwise the falis becomes soggy. Roasting the salt ensures that falis don’t become oily.


  1. Thanks for trying this recipe. I hope you enjoyed having them having put in so much effort. It is good to see a step by step pictorial. Many will benefit from the same.

  2. trying this recipe in itself is an achievement..though the original ones are long strips...but its fun doing variations..I cut some rounds puris!!

  3. I enjoyed making these just as you !

  4. Looks crunchy and crispy. Came here from Srivalli's blog and happened to notice that you live in LA too :)


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