Monday, September 29, 2008

Guilt-free Snacking :Methi Khakhras With Achaari Dip

Methi Khakhras
Khakhras,a Gujrati snack are crispy evening munchies prepared with simple ingredients.It can be made plain or flavored with spices and herbs. Making Khakhras is a lot like making parathas, only that khakhras are roasted crisp . Preparing Khakhras is a family affair among Gujratis,it made in big batches and stored for a week or more.

1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Methi(Fenugreek) leaves ,fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon Olive oil or vegetable oil
salt to taste

Makes 10 medium Khakhras

Step 1 Blanch the leaves
Blanch the leaves by simmering them in hot water for a minute. drain and keep aside.
Step 2 prepare the dough
Take a mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients mix them. Make a well in the middle of dry mixture pour in the water and oil. Mix until the dough is of right smooth consistency. knead for couple of minutes and let rest for about 10minutes before rolling in to Khakhras.
Step 3 Rolling the Khakhras
Divide the dough in to about 10 equal portions and roll in to balls. Sprinkle a little flour(I prefer All purpose flour) on the rolling surface. Use a rolling pin to roll them in to rounds
Step 4 Roast the Khakhras
Preheat an iron pan(Tava) or non stick pan at medium high flame. Roast the khakhras flip once and flip again after few seconds. Use a spatula or roll up kitchen towel, lightly press and roll them around the pan. When crisp on both sides, apply some oil on both sides,get them out and lay on a rack to sweat out. Serve with some tangy chutney or Aachari dip (Recipe follows)

Achari Dip

Achaari dip has some of the Spices used in an Indian pickle(Achaar). The combination of cooling yogurt with tongue tickling spices makes this a unique dip for an evening snack with Multi grain Crackers, Pita chips or Khakhras.
(original recipe posted at Tarla's blog)
1 cup Yogurt\Dahi, strain some of the water using muslin cloth or paper towel(hung yogurt)
1/4 cup coriander\Cilantro ,chopped
1 green chilly,chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Achaari spices
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek (methi) seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai / sarson)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (Zeera)
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
1/4 teaspoon onion seeds (kalonji)
1 tablespoon Olive oil or vegetable oil

Apparently saunf was out of stock in the pantry, hence one of the cups is empty.


Shallow fry Spices
Heat the oil in a pan, add the fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and onion seeds.When the mustard seeds crackle,turn off the heat and let cool.

Grind and mix with yogurt
Combine the achaari spices, coriander, green chillies and salt together in a grinder and blend to a fine paste using few drops of water.
Transfer into a bowl, add the hung yogurt and whisk well. Serve this dip with any crisp snack like pita chips or Khakhras.

My Methi Khakhra recipe is low in fat when compared to the original Khakhra recipe and the Achaari dip with fat-free yogurt is low in calories,hence both recipes are fit for the Diet Food Event Hosted by Divya Vikram of Dil Se..


*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Wow!Yet another mouth-watering treat.One day,I will try out all your recipes and tell you how they turned out :)

syeda said...

wow achari dip looks gr8 will def try that out

Nidhi said...

Thats a nice recipe for Khakhra. I guess I hv all the ingredients on hand...will try it out.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks nice.

Anjum said...

Asak there anything wrong with ur blog page?i m unable to c any recipes on checking the comments n clicking to c which recipe only then its opening...its happening frm 4 days...anywayz the khakhras look g8..not aware of gujrati cusine

Yasmeen said...

thanks Sameera:),keep me informed about your cooking adventures with my recipes.

thanks syeda.

thanks Nidhi,lemme know when you try it:)

thank lubna:)

thanks Anjum:), I'm not sure why thats happening. which browser are you using? I work with Mozilla firefox.I'm going to look in the problem.

Zee said...

This is really a good one..I have always been a fan of Khakras..this takes me to memory land..I remember I was very eager to share the tiffin of my Gujrati friends whenever they got Khakras..This is long time back when I was living in Mumbai..
The achari dip looks awesome too...will surely try this one..:D

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