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Masala Wheat Flour Papdis (Baked)
Masala Wheat Flour Papdis are crunchy crisps made of wheat flour. The wheat flour here can be easily replaced with maida/refined flour or multigrain flour. I usually fry these Papdis, but this time I have baked them as per the request of friends and followers as they wanted something that was not deep-fried. That said, these Papdis can be fried too and I have given both options in this recipe.
When we bake a snack that is traditionally deep- fried there is always a difference in texture. It would be wrong to say that they taste almost like fried ones. The taste is the same, the papdis are crunchy too, but there is a difference in their textures. I also believe that when we prefer a baked snack over a fried one we are willing to adjust to the minute differences that are bound to be there because the technique used is different. Therefore you will not find phrases like “baked but almost like fried” or “baked but as good as fried”, on this blog. Baked is baked and fried is fried, and somewhere there is a compromise in either, shape, colour, texture, taste of the dish. I am not saying this only about the current recipe but in general. When a deep-fried dish is baked there are differences.
This is why I try to keep the fried ones fried, but sometimes I do give in to a little experimenting. I won’t do something because it is a trend, but if I do experiment and the result is blog-worthy I will certainly share it with you all.
Now, these Papdis can be served with tea, they last for a long time when stored in an airtight container. I also make Papdi Chat(street food delicacy) with these, and since they are firm than the Maida papdis, they hold up the sweet curd and chutneys of the Chaat well.
Here is the recipe of Wheat flour Papdis for you–
Wheat flour 2 cups (1 cup =150 ml) Suji(semolina) 1/2 cup Salt as per taste Red chilli powder 1 tsp Ajwain(Omam/Carrom seeds) 1 tsp Oil 3 tbsp for flour (refer note1) Fresh Coriander or Methi(fenugreek)leaves 1/2 cup finely chopped White sesame 1 tsp (optional) Water as required
In a dish take the wheat flour and add the suji/semolina to it. Now add the salt, red chilli powder, ajwain followed by the 3 tbsp oil. Start mixing the flour with your fingers, such that the spice powders and oil are well mixed with the flour. Now take some flour in your palm and clamp it together with your fingers. If the flour holds shape, water can be added little by little now. But before that add the chopped coriander/methi leaves, mix it with the flour well and now start adding water little by little. We want a stiff dough here. The consistency should be like the dough for Poorie. Now apply very little oil on the dough and rest it or 15 minutes. Now divide the dough into 4 or 5 balls. Roll out each ball into a thin circle, flour for dusting if required. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the rolled and flattened dough and roll again so that the sesame seeds stick to the dough. Now with a cookie cutter or lid of a bottle cut into a circle. Remove excess dough from sides. prick holes with a fork on the little papdis.
To bake them: Preheat oven to 180 C for 10 minutes. Place the little circles into a baking tray after pricking holes, brush with a little oil(this step is optional), and bake at 180 C for 8 minutes on one side, flip them after 8 minutes and bake again for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, let them cool and store in an airtight container. Repeat this process for the whole amount of dough.
To fry them: Take oil in a Kadai and heat. The oil should be medium hot. The dough when put should sizzle and rise up immediately. This is the right temperature. Prick the papdis with a fork and gently drop them into the oil and fry until all bubbles have subsided and the papdis are light brown in colour. Cool and store in an airtight container.
The crunchy and spicy Masala Wheat Flour Papdis are ready to serve with tea or to be made to a Chaat item. Enjoy. Bon Appetit.
STEPWISE RECIPE FOLLOWS:
1. Assemble all ingredients. Take the Wheat flour in a dish and add the Semolina/Suji to it.
2. Now add the salt, red chilli powder, ajwain, and oil to the flour.
3. Start mixing the flour with your fingers(without adding any water at this stage). The spice powders and salt must mix evenly with the flour. Take some flour in your palm and try to clamp it within your fist. When you open your fist the flour should hold shape and not break away.
4. Now add the finely chopped fresh coriander or Methi leaves, and adding water little by little form a stiff dough. The consistency should be like Poori dough. Rest the dough for 15 minutes.
5. Now divide the dough into 4 or 5 equal parts. Take one ball at a time, dust it with flour and roll it out like a chapati, sprinkle some sesame seeds and roll again lightly, so that the seeds stick to the dough.
6. Now with a cookie cutter or lid of a bottle make small circles. Take away the excess dough. Prick the circles all over with a fork.
7. To bake- preheat oven to 180 c for 10 minutes. Brush some oil over the Papdis, place them on a baking tray and bake at 180C for 8 minutes on one side. Remove the tray, flip over the papdis and bake again for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight container.
8. To fry them- heat oil in a Kadai. Oil should be medium hot. Check the temperature by gently dropping a small bit of dough into the oil. If it sizzles and rises immediately, this is the right temperature. Now fry the papdis in oil at medium heat until all the bubbles subside and the papdis are light brown in colour.
NOTES: 1. Adding adequate oil to the flour is a crucial step, the oil is the one that imparts the crunch to the Papdis. After step 3 if the flour is still not holding shape, then add another teaspoon or two of oil to the flour, rub it into the flour and check if it holds shape now by claiming it in your fist. If it does, start mixing water.
2. It is important to prick the Papdis with a fork before baking or frying as otherwise, they will rise/puff up thereby losing the crunch. So pricking holes is a crucial step.
3. The temperature of the oil is important, the method to check the temperature is given in step 8, which should be followed.
4. The timing in each oven may vary to bake, so 2 to 3 minutes less or extra time may be required.