I chanced upon this recipe on this blog, “Red Chillies” (http://redchillies.us/2009/03/02/savory-onion-cookies-baked-nippattu/) and have been making and enjoying it with my family ever since!
Nippattu (Crackers) as it is called is a popular indian snack, very common in Bangalore bakeries and is traditionally a fried snack. But the baked version not only makes it healthy but also very tasty and addictive. I added some chopped cashews and peanuts to give them them a nutty crunch and that kicked up a notch.
Here’s the recipe!
2 cups Plain white flour
1 tbs Sesame seeds
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tbs Yoghurt
1/4 cup Roasted peanuts
1/4 cup Roasted cashews
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
4 tbsp Butter (melted)
1 tsp Baking soda
1 big Onion (finely chopped) –
1/2 cup Fresh coriander leaves
2 Green chillies (finely chopped)
1. Mix together all the dry ingredients except the baking soda in a bowl.
2. Add the baking soda to the 1tbs yoghurt to make it whiz before mixing it in the flour mixture.
3. Sprinkle the chopped onions, green chillies and cilantro with some salt, mix well with the knife and chop them all together to release their juices then add to the flour mixture
4. Pour in the oil and the flour mixture starts to come together. Add the melted butter when it forms into a ball. If you feel it is too dry then add just a little more thick yoghurt. Do not add water as we want a stiff consistency like samosa dough.
5. Knead well to make a stiff dough for 2-4 mins. Cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for 30mins.
6. Roll them out into flat discs or rounds or roll flat and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. But roll them out thin as we want them crispy.
7. After arranging them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, prick them all with a fork.
8. Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees farenheit for 25 – 30 mins till golden and crispy. Do not over bake.
9. When they cool down, serve them with tea as a snack. You could prepare lots of them in batches and store them in an air tight container. Enjoy!