Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wheat Barley Sesame crackers

Crunchy snacks are one of my favorite category of snacks.Sadly though most of the crunchy snacks I really like are deep fried *sigh* like murukku, thattai and other bakshanam (deep fried snacks from South India) In a bid to snack healthier I normally keep a lot of low fat dry fruits like raisins and dates at hand to snack on when the mood for munchies hits...but sometimes raisins and dates just do not cut it :)

This past week I wanted to try my hand at making crackers at home that were healthy,low fat as well as tasty and crunchy.Quite a tall order from something as little as crackers :) I looked around for recipes but did not find anything that fit in with the ingredients I had in mind.

As a result I just made up this recipe as I went and was happy with the results.The crackers turned out to be crisp and strong enough to be used with any dip.All the ingredients I used are healthy other than the small amount of butter for flavor that can easily be omitted and replaced by olive oil



Here is another view of the crackers...


Click here for a printable view of this recipe

Ingredients and method to make Wheat Barley Sesame crackers
1 cup unbleached wheat flour (atta)
1/2 cup barley flour
3 tbsp cornmeal
1 1/2 tbsp toasted wheat germ (optional)
2 1/2 tbsp chick pea flour (besan)(gram flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/8 tsp salt ( or according to taste)
1/4 tsp chilli powder ( or according to taste)
2 tbsp sesame seeds

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp butter (slightly softened)
1/2 cup water (approximately) + 3 tbsp water if required

extra flour for dusting

Pre heat oven to 350 deg F

Mix together all the dry ingredients well.

Add olive oil,honey and butter and mix well.

Add water a little at a time and knead the dough until it is soft and pliable but not at all sticky.

Divide the dough into four equal parts

With the help of a little flour for dusting roll out each part into as thin and evenly as possible.Try not to make some parts thinner than the others as this will cause some of the crackers to darken more

Slightly score lines vertically and horizontally on the dough creating little squares but do not break it off.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil and gently place the rolled out dough on it.

For this quantity you may need two cookie sheets or make it in two batches

Bake for about 7 to 12 minutes until slightly browner.Check frequently after about five minutes since it will depend on the thinness of the cracker.

Cool and break it off at the lines scored earlier and store in a air tight container.

Notes:

With this amount of chilli powder the crackers are not really even mildly spicy so in case you like it spicier increase the quantity of chili powder to 1/2 tsp

When serving as an appetizer be sure to have your favorite dip or some cheese to go with this.

Alternatively you can use a cookie cutter to create crackers of different shapes.



This is my entry into the Culinarty Original recipe Event being hosted by Lore

This is also my entry into the Sunday Snacks Event being hosted by Hima with the theme Bake It

Now on to other things,

Divya , Sireesha and Sripriya have awarded me the perfect blend of friendship award. Thanks so much to all three of you.



I would in turn like to pass this on to Rajee , Swati , Valarmathi , Vij , Pam and Rachel

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48 comments :

Divya said...

You have made them! I am so happy that you decided to experiment. Those bananas are still sitting in the fridge! Looks like I am the only dragging my feet around.

Cham said...

Wow, the crackers are prefect thin :) I bookmarked it :)

Lore said...

Pinch me, pinch me! Usha you must be some kind of magician, there I've said it :). These crackers look incredible and I've been craving for savoury crispy snacks all day! Hats off to you for turning them so crunchy&healthy and thank you for sending them my way :D

Happy cook said...

Yeah i do agree, the snacks i like to eat are also deep fried one, but thes look delicious

Sagari said...

wow crakers look soo good usha

Lisa said...

I really enjoy making crackers and these sound wonderful. I'm always keen to try different recipes. Thanks for sharing this healthy snack.

Vidhya said...

That is what is a perfect tea time snack. Looks yummy

Maria said...

I have never made crackers, but I need to! These look great! What a fun snack!

Rajee said...

COngrats on your award Usha and thanks for passing it on to me. What a great way to welcome my weekend :-) You have a perfect snack there, healthy and tasty.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

crackers look great Usha.. u keep making such unique stuff.. keep it up!

mitr_bayarea said...

Such crispy thin looking crackers, nice one.

Pam said...

I've made homemade crackers once and really loved them. I like your addition of sesame - they look really delicious.

Thanks so much for the award - I really appreciate it.

karuna said...

wowow, the crackers looks good. sesame and barley make it healthy.
good job

raaji said...

hoo crackers!!!!! look like they are waiting for me....so thin then definitely might be crispy

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect thin crackers,looks tempting.Congrats on your award

Pearlsofeast said...

Excellent recipe Usha, I love these types, bookmarked and tempted to try out soon.

sowmya said...

they have come out just perfect..and quite healthy too..good one...there are so many recipes from your blog bookmarked..have to try soon..

Valarmathi said...

Crackers are perfect. Nicely presented.

rekhas kitchen said...

intresting feel like to have them with a hot soup or tea looks very crispy

Dershana said...

Lovely crackers! and loved the adding barley bit...

Sireesha said...

WOW...the crackers are perfect and crispy....My kiddoo will love it..There are soooooo many yummy recipes to try from ur blog will try soon....Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

VG said...

Well done Usha...another recipe for me to try...I like to munch too and I am getting sick of sunflower seeds (my attempt to be healthy ;))

Jaishree said...

WOW...the crackers are perfect and crispy.. looks tempting.Congrats on your award usha.

Laavanya said...

Usha these look unbelievably good to be healthy :) What a delicious experiment that turned out to be. I, like you, love murukku, thattai and karaboondhi... but this will definitely satisfy my craving.
I don't have barley flour.. is it as simple as grinding pearl barley to get it, or can that be substituted with more wheat flour?

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

come and grab an award Usha!

Swati said...

I would never think of making crackers at home..Lady you have done a spendid job!!!
Thanks a ton for this lovely and precious award..

Suma Rajesh said...

crackers re superb thin and has come out very well

Hetal said...

wow how did u make them so thin...these crackers look great!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

your cracker looks really delicious and obviously inviting

Uma said...

ooh, the crackers look so mouth-watering Usha! Awesome.

Anisheetu said...

wow nice ones...

Shreya said...

hi, crackers look perfect and so thin. Great work:-) Congrats on the awards! I have tagged you at my blog, please visit and do it soon.

Hima said...

Thanks for such a wonderful entry. See you at the round up.

Jaime said...

cute little crackers! funny how you made them right before the DB made crackers :)

Pravs said...

oh nice crackers. Like the ingredients in it.

Sunshinemom said...

Crackers look absolutely crisp!! Great job! BTW, I too have a weakness for murukku - see it on my header:) Mummy sent us some through a relative last week and we crunched them down in just two days:)

Usha said...

Thanks Divya...am waiting to see what you finally make out of those bananas that I hear so much about:)


Thanks Cham :)

Usha said...

Oh *blush* thanks Lore...you sure made my day with your compliments:)




Happy_cook and Sagari, Thanks !

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Lisa :)


Thanks Vidhya :)

Usha said...

Hey Maria,thanks do try them they are pretty simple :)


Rajee,Mahimaa and Mitr thanks for visiting :)

Usha said...

Your welcome Pam, I love sesame seeds and seem to add them to so many recipes :)


Karuna,Raaji and Curry Leaf,Thanks so much :)

Usha said...

Pearls of East, Sowmya, Valarmathi, Rekha, Dershana and Sireesha Thanks for visiting and your comments :)

Usha said...

Hey VG thanks,haven't tried sunflower seeds as a healthy snack, maybe I should :)

Thanks Jaishree :)

Usha said...

Laavanya thanks..instead of barley flour you can use all purpose flour or half wheat flour and half chick pea flour (besan) if you are avoiding all purpose flour :)

Usha said...

Thanks so much for the award Mahimaa:)


Thanks Swati :)


Suma, Hetal, Ramya, Uma and Anisheetu thanks for visiting and your comments :)

Usha said...

Thanks Shreya will try and pick up the tag soon :)


Looking forward to the roundup Hima:)


Thanks Jaime,I noticed that too a couple of days after I posted I saw a lot of crackers from the DB bloggers :)

Usha said...

Thanks Pravs :)


Hey Sunshinemom I checked out your header and saw the murukku, funnily I did not notice it earlier...oh please do not remind me of yummy stuff like murukku am trying to forget such deep fried snacks *sigh*

Supriya said...

This is just what I need Usha. A packet of barley flour is lying forlorn in my pantry. Now I can use it. Thanks.

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