These mixed flour crackers are crispy, thin, flaky, and vegan - easy to make and ready in 30 minutes. A delicious homemade snack perfect for your entire family!
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I'm always on the lookout for new recipes and food ideas. But I've found that the history or mythology of a dish or recipe always piques my interest almost as much as the dish itself. The dish I'm going to prepare today has an interesting backstory. I heard about this dish from a Gujarati friend of mine. It's called 'Kali Chaudas Vada'. It's basically a fritter made by mixing different kinds of flour. But what's interesting is the story behind this dish. Kali Chaudas (Kali means black or dark, Chaudas means the fourteenth day) falls on the fourteenth day of a particular month of the Hindu calendar. This day is widely believed to be the day the Goddess Kali slew the demon Narakasur and is also the second day of Diwali, the festival of lights. On this day, people worship the Gods and Goddesses to get rid of any and all evil in their lives. This day has a strong link to ghosts and the dead - much like Halloween but without the trick and treating. On this day, people pray to ward off domestic rifts by and other evils that could befall them and their families. They do this by performing a ritual called kakraat kadhvu. They make these Vadas and place them at crossroads for vehicles to run over them. They believe, that ritual will ward off evil and keep them safe.
After hearing so much about this interesting dish, I just had to try it for myself. Instead of making fritters, I decided to make crackers instead. While making this recipe, I realized two things: 1. these crackers are very tasty and 2. you can't stop snacking on them! This dish works well as an appetizer at parties but is also good to make and store for later, so you always have something to munch on when those hunger pangs hit.
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Now, let's get on with the recipe. First, add yellow sweetcorn flour (Makki ka atta), pearl millet flour (Bajra), whole wheat flour, semolina (Rava), and chickpea flour (Besan) to a mixing bowl. You should be able to get all of these at your nearest Indian grocery store, or at your nearest Walmart. Then add turmeric powder, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Mix it all together well. Make a smooth paste of green chilies or jalapeños, ginger, and garlic. Heat Wesson Canola Oil in a frying pan, fry some white sesame seeds for few seconds until they turn golden, and then add the green chili paste. Fry for 15-20 more seconds and take the pan off the flame. Pour this mixture over the prepared flour. Mix it with the flour well. Add yogurt and knead into a stiff dough. Flatten and roll into big discs and then cut out smaller discs with the help of a cookie cutter. Deep fry the discs in hot Wesson Canola Oil on medium flame. When they begin to fluff, flip them over and fry on a low flame until they become light golden. Remove from the pan and soak up the excess oil using a paper towel. Serve them with some spicy green chutney or ketchup. Mixed Flour Crackers are crispy on the outside but have a chewy texture toward the center. You can store them in airtight containers for a day or two.
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Mixed flour crackers
Ingredients to make the paste
- 2 jalapenos or 8-10 green chillies
- 10-12 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger
Ingredients to make the dough
- 1 cup yellow sweetcorn flour/makki ka atta
- 1/2 cup pearl millet flour/bajra
- 1/2 cup gram flour/chickpea flour/besan
- 1/4 cup semolina/rava
- 2 tbsp wheat flour
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- salt as required
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1-2 tbsp crushed fenugreek leaves optional
- 1-2 tbsp Wesson Canola Oil
- 2 cups Wesson Canola Oil
To make the paste
- Make a smooth paste of green chillies or jalapenos, ginger and garlic using a blender.
To prepare the dough
- Heat Wesson Canola Oil in a frying pan.
- Fry some white sesame seeds for few seconds until they turn golden.
- Then add the green chillies paste. Fry for 15-20 more seconds and take the pan off the flame. Set it aside for now.
- Add yellow sweetcorn flour (Makki ka aata) , pearl millet flour (Bajra), whole wheat flour, Semolina (Rava) and chickpea flour (Besan) to a mixing bowl.
- Then add turmeric powder, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Mix it all together well.
- Add the fried sesame-chilly paste to the flour mix.
- Mix well. Add yogurt and knead into a stiff dough. Use water and oil as needed.
To make and fry the crackers
- Shape into balls, then flatten and roll them into big discs and then cut out smaller discs with the help of a cookie cutter.
- Deep Fry the discs in hot Wesson Canola Oil on medium flame.
- When they begin to fluff then flip them over and continue to fry them until they become light golden.
- Remove from the pan and soak the excess oil using a paper towel.
- Serve with some spicy green chutney or ketchup. Mixed Flour Crackers are crispy on the outside but have a chewy texture toward the center.
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