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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Baked Mathri (Savoury Crackers)

          Mathris are favourite snacks that are very popular in the Northern regions of India. There are many versions to it where the ingredients differ from one region to the other. They tastes simply yummy as these crunchy snacks go along well with your hot beverage. But how about having them in a baked version, so that you can devour on them guilt free? 

         I tried the healthy way by adding half and half of refined flour & whole wheat flour, semolina and olive oil. I seasoned it with ajwain (carom seeds) and kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves). So enjoy these delicious homemade snacks along with your evening tea / coffee. For a variation, try them with hummus, mayo or any dip. So follow a step by step method with pictures to prepare it.

  • 1/2 cup atta (whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup maida (plain flour)
  • 1/2 cup sooji (semolina)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil / melted butter
  • pinch of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), crushed

          Sieve the atta, maida, sooji and baking soda 2-3 times. Add rest of the ingredients and rub it well to resemble bread crumbs. 

          Knead a dough with required quantity of water. Cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for an hour.

          Knead back again for a minute more and divide into 2 equal parts. Roll out each into a circle just like a chapatti.

          Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, prick with a fork and brush some oil / melted butter / ghee over it.

          Arrange the mathris on a greased oven proof tray and bake in a preheated microwave oven in the convection mode at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes.

          Halfway through flip over the mathris. When done, cool them on a wire rack and store in an airtight container to be relished with your evening tea / coffee.

                               Sieve the atta, maida, baking soda and sooji 2-3 times. 

                               Add the ajwain, kasuri methi, salt and oil. 

                               Give it a rub to resemble bread crumbs.

                     Add water and knead into a dough. Cover and leave aside for an hour.

              Divide into two equal portions. Roll out each and then cut into desired shapes 
              with a cookie cutter.

                                Prick with a fork.

                               Brush with some oil / butter.

                  Bake for 20-22 minutes in the convection mode of a microwave oven at 180 
                  degrees C.

                                Serve with your evening tea.

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