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Place of originIndia
Region or stateNortheast Telangana
Main ingredientsRice flour

Sakinalu (or sakinaalu, Chakinaalu Telugu: సకినాలు) is a special type of snack prepared in the northern region of Telangana, India. It consists of concentric circles made of rice flour dough, fried in oil.[1][2] It is prepared during the Makar Sankranti festival.[3] Sakinalu are also given to the groom's parents by the bride's parents to distribute among their relatives and friends.[4]


Sakinalu is made of rice flour seasoned with small amounts of spices, sesame seeds, carom seeds (ajwain), and salt.


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 farmer community prepares this traditional festival cuisine during Makar Sankranti when the fresh crop of paddy has been harvested.


It is recognized as one of the Telangana Traditional Festival cuisines.


  1. ^ "Students celebrate 'Sankranti Sambaralu'". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  2. ^ "BJP women add festive flavour to protest". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Telangana supporters stage 'rasta rokos'". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Trailing the Andhra food route". Times of India. Retrieved 9 February 2012.

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