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Sakinalu | How to make Erra Sakinalu

Sakinalu is a traditional Telangana Snack made with homemade rice flour and sesame seeds. This snack is a must during Makara Sankrantti and given to grooms during wedding.
Course Snacks
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Keyword Jar Snacks
By Cook Method Deep Fried
Occasion Evening Snack, Sankranti / Pongal
By Diet Gluten Free, Kid Friendly
Dish Type Deep Fried Dishes, Festival Savories
Author Srivalli


  • 1 cup Raw Rice (1.5 cups Rice Flour)
  • 1/2 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain Seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder for Erra Sakinalu


  • Homemade rice flour is best for this and you can follow the instructions to make Rice flour at home.
  • Take 1.5 cups of prepared rice flour in a mixing bowl.
  • Add salt, ajwain seeds and sesame seeds to it and mix well.
  • Add water little by little and make a dough.
  • How much water would be needed depends on the flour. The final dough should be loose but it not be too loose. Once you have mixed, let it rest for 15 mins.
  • When ready to make the Sakinalu, spread a clean cotton cloth on a flat surface.
  • Wet your hands and take a small portion of the dough in hand and pipe the dough into circles (refer to the video).
  • Since you are resting the dough, sesame and rice flour would have made the dough quite sticky and pliable to roll out.
  • Make all the dough to Sakinalu and let them dry for 1 – 2 hours.
  • Use a flat spatula or a flat plate for taking the sakinalu from the cloth. Carefully remove them from the cloth and set aside. Remember that the rolled out sakinalu would be very dry when you remove for frying.
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan for deep frying.
  • Slowly drop the sakinalu into the hot cooking oil. Fry them on both sides on a medium flame till light golden color.
  • Remove from the oil and let them cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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