|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||North east in Telangana|
|Main ingredients||Rice flour|
Sakinalu (or sakinaalu, Chakinaalu Telugu: సకినాలు) is a special type of snack prepared in the northern region of Telangana . It is a concentric circular shaped item made of rice flour and fried in oil. It is prepared during Makar Sankranti festival by all people irrespective of Caste and Creed. Sakinalu are also given to the groom's by the bride's parents for distributing among their relatives and friends.
The word Sakinalu is believed to be originated from "Chakinamu" which is based on "Chakram" which means Wheel or Circle. This is because of its circular shape. The former community prepares this traditional festival cuisine during Makar Sankranti when the fresh crop paddy yields.
Preparation requires extreme care and patience. Once prepared it is eaten, after it is offered to Sun God, along with Chutneys like, Tomato, Pudina or Mint or Ginger also called "allam" chutney for tangy taste. It can also be eaten without any chutney. Sufficient amount of Sakinalu are prepared to eat even after the festival to have reminiscence of Festival time. Sakinalu produces a mouthwatering and long lasting taste with Tea and hence chakkilalu are often eaten as Tea snacks instead of Biscuits.
Aged people (without dents) normally grind for powdered Sakinalu and swallow it to enjoy the festival moments.
It is recognized as one of the Telangana Traditional Festival cuisines.
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