Champakali is a savory Maharashtrian dish that resembles the shape of the champa flower bud. A sweet version of the dish can also be prepared, which is a popular dessert.


  • 1 cup Maida / All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon kalunji / onion seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine flour, onion seeds, salt, black pepper powder, hot oil and water in a bowl and knead a firm dough. Cover and keep aside for an hour.
  2. Roll small portions of the dough into small discs.
  3. Make parallel cuts in this disc, keeping the ends intact.
  4. Roll the disc and twist at both ends to form the shape of a flower bud.
  5. Deep fry the flower buds on low heat until golden-brown.
  6. Store Champakali in an air tight container

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