August 12, 2021

Baked Nippatu (crispy crackers) - Mini Bites


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 Nippatu is a traditional delicacy from Karnataka and is very similar to Thattai of Tamil Nadu. 

Nippats are mostly deep fried and prepared unfailingly for Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali . I shall post the fried version of nippat sometime soon .

I say it is similar because there is a difference in the set of ingredients that go into the making of Nippat and Thattais . 

If you have lived in Bangalore even for a few days, you surely could not have missed enjoying some baked treats at the Iyengar Bakery outlets spread across the length and breadth of the city.

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Iyengar Bakeries are known for their melt in mouth Khara Biscuits,  Veg Puffs, Dilpasand,khara buns and my all time favorite Baked Nippats . 

Baked Nippats are ideal for weight watchers since we skip the deep frying but my 2 cents is do not compromise on the quantity of butter and hot oil that needs to be added to the Nippat dough to achieve the perfect crunch and crackling effect .

The crispy and crunchy baked cracker is a burst of flavors with each bite.  Nippats are a perfect treat for evening snacks with tea or coffee . The ones we get at the bakeries are big in size ,but I have tried to make mini Nippats  for the ease of serving as well as eating . If you want to make the Nippats big in size just as we get in the Bakeries, then use a bigger cookie cutter to get the desired shape. 

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Preparation Time - 10 mins
Resting Time - 10 mins
Baking Time - 20 -25 mins 
Makes - 18 to 20 nippatus
Complexity - medium 

Ingredients 

1cup maida / APF 
1.5 tbsp salted butter (room temperature)
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp powdered sugar 
1/2 tsp baking powder 
2 green chillies 
Handful of fresh corriander
Few mint leaves (optional)
Few curry leaves 
2 tsp white sesame seeds /til / ellu (skip if allergic)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
Salt if needed 
Pinch of asafoetida 

Method

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  • In a small mixie jar , pulse the green chillies ,mint leaves, curry leaves and corriander to a coarse paste .Alternatively ,you can finely chopped all these if you donot want to pulse them . I like the light green yellow color of the nippats after baking ,hence I prefer to add the chilli paste.
  • Sieve the maida, baking powder, Asafoetida and powder sugar into a wide mixing bowl.
  • Add the softened butter,chilli paste,jeera and sesame seeds to the sifted flour and mix gently with your fingers to form a crumbly mixture. 
  • Heat the oil in a small pan until it gets really hot and the pour the oil over the crumbly mixture . The mixture will begin to sizzle . Use a fork and incorporate the hot oil into the flour . Donot use your fingers as the oil will be really hot . 
  • At this stage check for salt and if you feel salt is less,add as required and mix it well .
  • Gradually add water little by little and form a stiff dough.  Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius .
  • Arrange a baking tray with parchment paper and keep ready .
  • Take a small portion of the nippat dough and roll it into a thick roti . Take a cookie cutter or a small lid and mark deep cuts . Prick each nippat with a fork and make holes .
  • Arrange these cut nippatus on the baking tray and put it in the oven at 180deg for 15 min .
  • The base of the Nippatu would have become nice and crisp, if it is not browned continue to bake for another 2 or 3 mins at 180 degrees again .
  • Remove the Nippats and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. They will become crisp and crunchy . 
  • Repeat the same step for all the dough that is remaining and carefully store the baked Nippats in an airtight container. 

Tips to remember 

  • I have used the convection mode of my microwave oven to bake these nippats .
  • If you are baking for the first time on your convection microwave oven ,pls read the user manual to make sure how your oven works .
  • You may use 1/2 cup maida and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour if you donot want to use maida .
  • Half way through baking keep an eye on the nippats so that it doesn't burn.  Heat settings at times differ from oven to oven.
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5 comments:

  1. This is a yummy snack and baking them is great option. I love the color of this nippattu and they have come out excellent.

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  2. Nipppatu is a new dish for me. It looks so delicious ! Thanks for sharing such traditional recipes.

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  3. Never heard of nippat. Looks spicy and tasty. Perfect for munching time or with tea or coffee. Loved the name nippat. Can't wait to try.

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  4. Love this flavourful baked nipattu with coriander and Mint leaves. So flavourful and yum. Sakkath agide.

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  5. These baked Nipattus look so crunchy and delicious. fresh coriander and mint leaves must be giving a very flavourful taste.

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