Friday, December 23, 2011

Thattai- a savory snack

I love salty spicy snacks...I can munch on them mom always scolds me for eating chips right off the packet....but that is the fun part..not eating by portion :)
sounds lame?? i know..i still do that....even these days when I go home even before having my morning cup of coffee, I attack the chips canisters which will be definitely there in my mom's kitchen shelves....mostly with jack fruit chips or some other seasonal chips....of course home made :)

coming back to this savory snack, Thattai, I have eaten this many times, but have never made them at home...
thanks to our neighbor who gave  us some this diwali along with some yummy sweets :)
had bookmarked the recipe since then, but only got a chance to make them recently...

effort wise, I would say it is a bit tedious, bcoz each n every single piece has to shaped separately...a little bit more time consuming than the usual snacks, but can definitely be made once in a while..

Here's the recipe:

You'll need:

Rice flour: 2 cups
Urad dal flour: 1/4 cup **
Red chili pwdr: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Ghee: 1 tbsp
Water: 1/2 + 1/8 cup (or enough to make the dough)
Chana dal: 3 tbsp (soaked in water for 1 hr)
Sesame seed: 2 tsp
Asafetida: 1/4 tsp

** To make urad dal flour at home, dry roast ural dal till it turns golden brown. Let it cool and grind into a fine powder.

How to make:

Drain the soaked chana dal.
Mix rice flour, urad dal flour, salt, chana dal, sesame seed, chili pwdr and butter. Knead this into a dough by adding water little by little at a time. Cover and set aside for a few min.
After a while, take small balls of dough (half a lemon sized) and press them into small paapad size.
Place the dough on a cling film and press by hand to form small flat circles. Poke these using a fork to prevent from puffing while frying in the oil.

Heat enough oil in a pan for deep frying. When the oil becomes piping hot add the thattai one at a time, frying each side for about 1 1/2 min , until they turn golden brown. Drain and let it cool.
Store in an air tight container.

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