Perfect for summer picnics and car trips! These savory, crisp puris redolent of Indian spiced crackers are a moreish but figure friendly snack.
Does your family enjoy particular snacks during car trips? I have a family of foodies…. I know, little surprise there…..who start thinking of food from the moment we leave home,with me leading the pack 🙂
Khari puri and Microwave Chivda with Oats and Papad are our two must haves, amongst a whole basket full of goodies, that we take on car trips. My husband loves khari puri, so I started making them years ago and the tradition of them being a ‘must have’ evolved. What was I thinking, right? Because the traditional ones are so labor intensive! They are made typically of all-purpose flour or maida, so they take some muscle to roll. They are then pricked and deep fried over low heat, so the khari puri is flat and crisp.
So I have been thinking of a shortcut that will not compromise the taste. Inspired by the success of my Baked Shankarpali, I decided to explore the possibility of a Baked Khari Puri. I added quick cooking oats for their nutrition value and the crisp texture they lend when baked.
Cumin seeds, turmeric and/ or black pepper are generally added to Khari puri. I also added ova or ajwain seeds as their flavor reminds me of crackers I loved in my childhood. Brown sugar and red chili powder balance out the taste for these khari puri.
And best of all, they bake in just 10 minutes and make for a moreish, guilt free snack:)
Baked Khari Puri, with Oats and Pancake Mix
- ½ cup buttermilk pancake mix (4 ounces)
- ¼ cup quick cooking oats
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper (7~8 turns of the pepper mill)
- ¼ teaspoon ova/ajwain/carom seeds
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil plus some to grease the baking tray.
- Water to knead the dough, about ¼ cup
To make the Baked Khari Puri with Oats and Pancake mix
- Combine all ingredients except the oil in a bowl. Drizzle the 1 tablespoon of oil and rub it in the dry mix between your fingers for about a minute. Add the water as needed, until the dough comes together in a soft ball.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Meanwhile, grease a baking tray and set aside. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut the puris with a cookie cutter about 2 inches in diameter. Alternately, you may roll out small puris, about 2 inches in diameter.
- Arrange the rolled out puris on the greased baking tray about an inch apart.
- Roll out the puris until you have used up all the dough. If the puris seem to shrink after resting on the baking tray, just roll over them in the baking tray once more.Sprinkle lightly with salt (optional)
- Bake the Khari Puris in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven.
- Let them cool. Enjoy!
Enjoy the weekend everyone!