I made some a while ago, and while they tasted right, the texture wasn’t. They were not crunchy. You see they are meant to be crunchy and that’s what makes them so addictive. I was a little disappointed with this version and that was the end of it.
Anyway, I forgot about them for a little while and then all of a sudden, out of the blue, I came across a recipe a couple of days ago when I was looking around online. I decided I had to try them out. I was missing Indian flavours and I figured, this would be a good opportunity to try out another recipe.
This recipe simply involves making a tight dough, roll out into a disc, cut into diamonds, deep fry, cool down and … Enjoy! The ingredients required are also very basic ones. There is a good chance you will have all you need in your pantry. This recipe took me back home in a bite. The crackers taste fantastic, they are crunchy and so very yummy. Once completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container. Enjoy them with a nice hot cup of tea.
Recipe from: Cooks Joy
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Salt, to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
Water, as needed
Oil, for deep frying
Mix both flours, salt and cumin seeds.
Add ghee and rub it into the flour.
Using water slowly and gradually, knead into a tight dough. (You want the dough smooth but NOT soft.)
Cover and let the dough rest for an hour.
When you are ready to proceed, preheat oil for deep frying.
Divide the dough into 4 portions.
Working with one portion at a time (keep the rest covered so that it doesn’t dry out), roll out to a disc about 1/8 inch thick.
Cut into diamond shapes. In India, they have a really cool cutter with multiple blades that makes the process much quicker. But if you don’t have one, use a knife like I did. I forgot to take a picture of this step 🙁
Pictured above is a different dough (the one for methi namakpare …. recipe coming up soon), but the process is exactly the same.
You can always re-roll the scraps and cut them out.
Carefully place the cut pieces in the hot oil. I usually place the cut pieces in my slotted spoon and place the spoon in the oil and gently tip the pieces in. I find that’s the only way I can keep from burning my hands.
Fry over a medium low heat. (This low frying ensures they cook through and get crispy later.)
When they are a nice golden brown, drain and set on some kitchen paper to get rid of any excess oil.
When completely cooled, store in an airtight container.
Because you’ve used ghee while kneading the dough, you wont need to sprinkle flour to roll it out, the dough will not be sticky.
Fry it over a medium heat. Frying it over high heat will just brown the outside while the inside will still be doughy and won’t crisp up.
After looking around the internet for a recipe, I found one I was happy with. I picked up all the ingredients I needed and got to work. I was happy with the fact that I found a pressure cooker recipe, which meant that I could sit down to a nice bowl of soup in a fraction of the time. Since its the middle of the year, I didn’t have any leftover ham. But for those of you that bake a leg of ham around the holidays, using your leftovers would be perfect for this recipe. I bought some smoked ham meat from the supermarket and used it. When I think back, I think I’d be happy even without the ham in the soup. The split pea soup is so flavourful, a vegetarian version would be really delicious as well. All this without the fuss of having to spend hours developing flavour.
I looked at this recipe and this one to get an idea and then from there on I mostly winged it. So here’s my
homemade almost homemade split pea and ham soup. If you baked your own ham and made your own stock, you’ve got yourself a made from scratch Split Pea & Ham Soup. 🙂
Homemade Split Pea & Ham Soup
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
3 sticks celery, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb dry split peas
1 stock cube (chicken, beef, veg – its upto you)
6 cups water
200-250g ham, diced
Rinse the peas under cold water.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker under medium heat.
Add the bay leaf and onion and saute till onions soften up.
Add the garlic, carrots and celery.
Saute for 4-5 minutes.
Add the peas, crumbled cube and water.
Cover and bring to a boil. After it reaches pressure / till the first whistle, simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.
Take off the heat and let the cooker release pressure on its own.
When it is safe to open, adjust liquid by adding water if needed.
Adjust salt and freshly cracked pepper if need.
Add the ham, remove the bay leaf and let the meat heat through.
If the soup feels like it needs more cooking, cook till it reaches the desired thickness.
I crack some black pepper over it after serving it up and
** You could use stock instead of the cube and water if you have any at hand.
** This soup keeps well in the fridge. My pot lasted us about 10 days. I just took out small portions and heated it up as I needed it.
** I found that the soup thickened after refrigeration. So each time I need to heat up a portion, I added some hot water to the portion I was heating up, to reach the consistency I like and then heated it through.
It was a hard choice this month. If you’re wondering why, just pop over to Sara’s recipe list and you’ll know why. Sara’s been blogging since 2007 and there were hundreds of recipes for me to choose from, each one better than the previous. There were so many delicious things listed that with great difficulty I managed to narrow it down to a few like these Chilli Corn Muffins, Whole Wheat Herby Rolls, Fried Fish Tacos and this Giant Cheddar Cornbread Biscuit, not to mention the winner, her recipe for Carrot Fritters.
I love carrots and I mostly eat them raw. But I also enjoy a good Carrot Cake (I need to post a recipe for this one soon) and Gaajar ka Halwa (carrot pudding). I don’t really cook much savoury stuff with carrots. This was a fantastic opportunity to try out one such recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand, which was an added bonus – I love when that happens 🙂 This recipe is really quick and easy to put together. The rice flour adds a wonderful crunch to these fritters and the lemon zest flavours it in its own way. I absolutely loved this recipe. Though I might leave out the lemon zest when I make these again, just so that I can fully appreciate the flavour of the carrots. With the zest or without, this recipe would make a nice addition to any meal routine. Try it out and watch the kiddos eat up their veggies.
Thank you Sara, for a lovely recipe.
Makes 5-6 fritters
3 medium sized carrots (approx. 180g), grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 – 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes (depending on how spicy you want to make it)
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 egg white
1 heaped tbsp rice flour
Salt, to taste
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Olive oil, to fry
Combine the carrots, garlic powder, onion, chilli flakes, lemon zest, egg white and rice flour in a bowl.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well.
Heat some olive oil (1/2 to 1 tbsp) in a non stick skillet over medium heat.
Form small patties with your hands and carefully place in the skillet.
Cook for about 2-4 minutes on each side till crispy.
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