Thattai - an yummy southindian snack....Thought of giving it a hand as I never attempted this dish though my mother and aunts make them. As only sweet lovers are there here, i hardly make savouries except the festival days. So with the oncoming diwali, i thought why not give it a hand instead of the regular ribbon pakoda etc.
The thattais were given a ginger n green chilli flavour and they came out yummy as well as crispy though didn't get the perfect round shape.
Thattai making becomes easy if you have things in hand and I was fortunate when I checked my stock that I had processed rice flour. In a Jiffy, i am into my kitchen, all eager to make the thattais.
This is what you will need :-
- Processed Rice Flour - 1 cup
- Besan (gram flour) - 1 tbsp
- Soaked chana dal - 1 tbsp (if you are in a hurry, can use roasted groundnut instead)
- White sesame seeds - 1 tsp
- Ginger - 1" piece
- Green chilli - 2 Nos.
- Curry Leaves - 6 Nos.
- Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
- Ghee - 2 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Water to knead the dough
- Oil for frying
- If you are going to use chana dal, soak them for 2 hours. Drain and keep side.
- Grind Green Chillies, Ginger and Curry leaves into a coasrse form (without adding water)
- In a mixing bowl, add the Rice flour, Gram flour, Salt, Sesame seeds, ground paste, soaked chana dal / roasted groundnut, asafoetida powder, ghee. Mix well.
- Sprinkle water little by little and prepare a hard dough.
- Make small equal balls out of the dough
- You can flatten it on a clean cloth or use a plastic sheet greased with little oil.
- Keep two tsp of water in a small plate and keep touching (just enough water) it to pat and shape the thattais. But see to that the thattais are not dampened. Touch just enough water to pat the thattais.
- Heat oil in a wok and put them one by one in a batch so that they don't curl but remain flat.
- Fry both sides till they turn crispy (This thattai will be pale golden in colour as we use rice flour) hence check the bubbles, if it fades, lift it in the spatula you will feel the crispy sound it makes.
- Thattais are now perfect to drain. Remove them from oil and put on an absorbent paper.
- In a clean air tight container, put some paper on the base and arrange the thattais over it and store it..
- Yummy crispy flavourful thattai is ready!