There was something about these sweet and spicy discs that make them hard to resist. Enjoy these herb filled crackers on their own or with a cheese or dip.
By Nandita Nataraj
There was something about these sweet and spicy discs that made it hard to resist. There was a time when one was sure to find two packets of these crackers in the cookie jar. Even after all these years, I make sure to gorge on at least one packet of baked nippattu when I visit Bangalore.
- All purpose flour- 2cups or 480gms+ 3tbsp to dust
- Corn flour- 1tbsp
- Milk powder- 2tsp
- Baking soda- 1tsp
- Salt- 1to 1tspn or to taste
- Paprika powder- 1tsp
- Sugar- 2tspn
- Butter- 4tbsp melted
- Vegetable oil- 3tbsp
- Coriander leaves- 2tbsp finely chopped
- Mint leaves- 2tbsp finely chopped
- Curry leaves- 10-12 finely chopped
- Onion- 1 large, finely chopped
- Green chilies- 2, finely chopped
- Asafetida- a large pinch
- White sesame seeds- 1-1/2tbsp, toasted
- Water to knead as required
- Sift the all purpose flour along with the corn flour, milk powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
- Add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, asafetida, chopped onion, green chilies, toasted sesame seeds, melted butter and oil and mix well.
- Sprinkle water a few spoons at a time and mix to form a stiff dough. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 15-20min
- Divide the dough into four portions and roll each portion into a disc of 1mm thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the crackers into desired shapes and prick holes into the dough using a fork.
- Alternatively, pinch small lemon sized balls, place them between two plastic sheet and press to flatten it into a disc.
- Arrange the crackers on a prepared baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 min, flipping once after 10min.
- Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough.
- Allow the crackers to cool completely before storing them in air tight containers.
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.