Ever tried making your own salted crackers at home? It is a little time consuming, but since i find spending time in the kitchen so gratifying and de-stressing i try out all sort of recipes.
What gives me a high is when i post the pictures of my creations on my facebook page and get sooo many comments! This recipe was one of them with comments from my whole facebook community asking me to give them the method.
In India ( i say India because i am Indian) its a custom to serve these salted crackers known as “namkeen” with tea or as an evening snack. India being a country of so many vegetarians one tends to carry their own food on journeys and these salted crackers are popular as they last for days.
Can they be baked instead of deep fried? Well i have never tried… maybe they can… i will make a baked version next time… but as of now am giving you the recipe as it is….
1heaped cup of all purpose white flour (maida)
2 tablespoons of semolina (sooji)
3 tablespoons of cooking or olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
Can also add (but i did not)
chilli flakes, oregano, and other chopped dried herbs as you like
Water to make a dough
Oil for deep frying
Put the flour in a bowl and add all the ingredients except the water and mix well. Add the water bit by bit and knead into a firm dough. Do not add too much water, just enough for the dough to become into a ball. Knead this dough well for about 5 minutes. Make small balls (size of a tennis ball) out of the dough and roll into a thin round. Cut with heart shaped cookie cutter or any cookie cutter of your choice. You can even cut them into squares. Deep fry them in hot oil till golden brown and crispy. Put into an airtight container when cooled.