Multigrain Masala/Savoury Crackers Without Oven…No Baking Powder or Baking Soda used…
Call these Crackers or Mathri or Khakra or Biscotti … whatever you may call them but one thing remains common and that is ultra crispiness.
Yes, nowadays I am doing a lot of baking without an oven too. As I have recently got a new Otg, of course I am trying my hands on it as well. And my latest partner to aid me in baking is my airfryer and old golden pressure cooker. Recently I baked 2 cakes, in just 2 days, in the pressure cooker. Before that tried cookies in air fryer and the result was again great.
Since, recently my hubby has started taking something to munch while coming back from his office, (as it takes him almost 1.5 to 2 hours…courtesy Delhi traffic!) I have to pack something extra. This extra means extra cooking/baking for me or say time for more experiments… Lolz…
But actually, as I have said earlier too, he is the real support system in my cooking. He, along with my 2 sons, are my biggest fans as well critics. And when I tried these masala crackers, he just loved them. But only hubby. My sons made a long face and just disapproved. So, I baked another lot for them and this time they too loved it. What was the change? Any guesses? Nothing! Everything was same except the flavourings. Earlier ones were very much Indian with fenugreek leaves, whole spices powder etc. So this time I made with Italian seasonings like oregano, chilli flakes, rosemary etc. Thus, both my boys, today’s youth after all, freaked out on these continental touch crackers.
The company makes a lot of difference and when you are in the company of Healthy freak Ravneet Kaur, a famous blogger specialising in healthy bites only then you just can’t remain indifferent. Inspired by her, I have already switched over to rock salt (saindha namak), reduced sugar and all-purpose flour. And now I decided to try these crackers without leavening agents, that is no baking powder, no baking soda and no yeast. This was a pure experiment which yielded great results. With my little knowledge of baking cookies and seeing my 2 mothers making a lot of ‘mathri’, I combined knowledge of both the worlds in my kitchen lab and came up with these lovely crispy masala crackers.
These crackers are very crispy and healthy too. When I say crisp, I mean crisp only and not hard to bite. They are crisp not just because they are made thinly. I tried one piece in cookie style also and even that was very crispy (though it took little more time in the airfryer).
First I tried my hands on just with wheat flour. Started with making jeera biscuits and after two trials landed up baking masala crackers. Those were also good but then a brainwave came as to why not try with multiple flours. So, I combined wheat flour, oatmeal, semolina and rice flour in equal proportion. Added dried and crushed fenugreek leaves and some white sesame seeds.
Trial of Jeera Biscuits…
The best thing is you can have multiple flavours in this. For example, cumin seeds, ajwain, fennel seeds, plain, onion powder, garlic or go continental, by adding oregano, chilli flakes and seasonings. The list is endless.
Mix with Italian Seasonings…
It is a very simple recipe wherein you mix all the flours add flavourings, oil and gather into a dough. Roll it, cut into desired shapes and bake.
I baked these both in air fryer as well in wok (kadhai) on a gas stove. I tried in cooker also, all well but can bake only 4 or 5 only at one go, as the circumference of cooker puts a limitation. Comparatively, kadhai offers a big area. Method of baking on gas stove remains exactly the same as I explained in my Simple Eggless Sponge Cake in Pressure Cooker. So, you may go through that incase of any doubt. In brief, I would sum it up as follows:
Lay sand/salt in kadhai.
Place a stand on that.
A big plate or a lid to cover the kadhai fully.
Preheat kadhai for 10 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
Bake cookies/crackers on sim gas for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
Temperature mentioned in the recipe is irrelevant in gas stove baking. Just on sim gas, that’s it.
Be very very careful when baking in kadhai. Arrange big plate, gloves, tongs etc as it is going to be very hot.
Details of above points can be read here.
Now, let’s have a look at the recipe of our crispy crunchy Masala Crackers…
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Passive Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 15 minutes
1/4 Cup (30 g) Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup (25 g) Oatmeal
1/4 Cup (40 g) Rice Flour
1/4 Cup (50 g) Fine Semolina
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Dried Fenugreek leaves, crushed (Kasturi Methi)
1/4 tsp Whole Spice Powder (Garam Masala) (Optional)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Curd
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Milk
- Slightly dry roast sesame seeds. Roasting augments its flavour.
- Take all the four flours, salt, sesame seeds, dried and crushed fenugreek leaves and whole spice powder in a bowl.
- Mix everything using a whisk so that everything blends well.
- Add oil and curd and rub it in the dry mix so that the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
- Slowly add milk and gather it into a ball. The quantity of milk may vary so do not add all milk at one go. Use as required. Do not keep the dough very hard. Keep it slightly soft.
- Cover it and let it rest for minimum 15 minutes on kitchen counter only. No need to refrigerate it. You can leave longer also.
- Before rolling out the crackers, start preheating airfryer or kadhai.
- Lightly grease the baking pan. No need to grease the airfryer basket.
- Divide the dough in 2 parts. Dust little flour on the kitchen counter and roll it thinly, slightly thicker than chapati.
- Cut into desired shapes.
- Prick with a fork. Pricking is done so that the crackers do not puff up while baking.
- With the help of a knife, lift each cracker and place it in the baking pan. No need to leave a gap between 2 crackers like it is done in cookies. This is because these crackers do not expand while baking. On the contrary, they shrink a little.
- Collect the scraps, mix it in the remaining dough and repeat the process.
- Continue doing so till all the dough is used up
- Now bake them in otg or airfryer or on the gas stove.(See below)
- After baking, keep the crackers on a wire rack till cools down completely.
- They will be little soft when out of the oven, will get crisp as they cool down.
- Serve or store in an airtight container.
- Preheat airfryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Take out the basket, keep the crackers in it and return it to the airfryer machine.
- Reduce the temperature to 160 degrees and bake the crackers for 15 minutes approximately.
- No need to flip the crackers in between.
- When the colour changes and sides get golden brown, they are done.
- Keep a wide kadhai on gas stove. Lay salt/sand. Keep a stand on it. Ensure that the stand doesn’t have any rubber hooks in the base, else they will melt in the process of baking and spoil your kadhai.
- Cover and preheat for 10 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
- Keep the crackers on a plate and keep it in the preheated kadhai. Choose a plate which can be held with tongs. This is because the kadhai is really hot and it is very difficult to do with hands. Like I used my pie dish for this. You can even use cake pan.
- Cover and bake these on sim gas for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Baking time will also depend on the thickness of your kadhai. Like I used a very thick bottomed kadhai and it took almost 45 minutes. So, do not opt for very heavy bottomed woks.
- Preheat otg at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Keep the baking tray on the lower rack.
- Reduce the temperature to 160 degrees and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
- Use fine semolina only. In case you don’t have it then grind your normal semolina in the mixie and you will have fine one.
- You can replace fenugreek leaves with cumin seeds, if need be.
- Adjust seasonings as per your taste and preferences.
Detailed Recipe With Step By Step Pics
Dry roast semolina till colour changes slightly.
Take all the 4 flours, salt, semolina, crushed fenugreek leaves, whole spices powder in a bowl.
Mix everything using a whisk.
Add oil and curd and rub it into the dry mix till the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
Add milk, little at a time and gather the mix into a ball.
Cover it and let it rest for minimum 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 or 3 parts.
Dust little flour on kitchen counter. Roll out the dough thinly using a rolling pin.
Using a cutter, discard the uneven ends. Now cut into the desired size and shape.
Prick with a fork.
Preheat kadhai with sand/salt and stand.
Grease a baking pan.
Lift with the help of knife
Keep in baking pan or airfryer basket
Remove when done and cool on a wire rack.
Like this… I forgot to take the pic… this pic is just to give you an idea
Serve or Store these in an airtight container.
These crackers are a must try…
Once you try, do share your feedback on FB or Instagram (tag me as #samira’s recipe diary) or Pinterest.
As you know your feedback only fuels my enthusiasm to post more good content.
So, Happy Baking to all of you…
By Tripti Gupta