Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spicy Maida Diamond Cuts

Deepavali ..Deepavali...Festival of lights and loads of yummy food to go with the festival.
Time to share and care, spread happiness around you. That should be the message this Deepavali.
I have prepared some diamond cuts, shank  pole the spicy ones. I do not know why it got this name. Diamond cuts are ok because of its shape. but shank pole, I am still thinking. Anyways these diamond cuts are very easy to prepare and goes well with coffee or tea or juice what ever it is, it is a yummy munch.
I have used Maida, chilly powder, salt, jeera and oil.
Lets see the recipe Now : As I said it is an easy and yummy crunchy snack.

Things Needed :

Maida (All Purpose flour) : 2 Cups
Chilly Powder : 2 Teaspoons
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Water : Required water
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Put maida in a big bowl. Add salt, chilly powder, jeera and mix it well.
2. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat for 2 minutes.
3. Put the hot oil on the dry flour and let it cool. Mix it nicely and add little water and prepare the dough.

4. Divide the dough into small portion. Take a small portion and kneed it well.
5. Now roll the small portion dough as thin chapati. Take a knife and prick on the rolled chapati.

6. Cut that like a diamond shape. (big/small). Remove the pieces and put it on a plate/tray.
7. Keep a frying pan on the fire. Heat and put oil to fry. Let it get hot.
8. Put cut diamond cuts in hot oil and fry them on low and medium flame.

9. Fry on both sides till they turn slightly brown and remove them from oil and put them on the kitchen tissue. So that extra oil will be absorbed by the tissue.

10.Repeat the same with remaining dough and prepare crispy diamond cuts.

Note :

Do not add much water, the dough might turn watery, very soft and absorbs more oil. Do not add more hot oil for the flour. Diamond cuts might curdle in oil. (turns powder and spoils the whole oil).
A butter can be added instead of hot oil. (just 1 tablespoon). Adding jeera/ any spice is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : As you serve or use.


  1. Thanks a lot for the recipe. The recipe reminded me of my grandmother. She used to make it. In my language it is known as 'namak paare.'

  2. Ma'am I want to ask a question. What will be the difference if the oil that is added to knead the dough is at room temperature and what value will it add if it is heated?

    1. Sadia dear...use of normal room temperature oil may soften your dough and it turns the fritter to be soft and not crunchy. The heated oil helps to warm the flour a bit and it helps the fritter to be crunchy...You try it and let me know the effects of both types...(just joking)....

  3. All time favourite snack!! Looks super crunchy and addictive!!

    1. Thank You Sundari Nathan ...I too love this snack...



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