Mathris/Tea Time Crispy Savory Snacks

Tea time can never be as fulfilling, as when there is a serving of mathris or tea time crispy savory snacks being passed around. They are also ideal to be had whenever hunger strikes….just a bite or two in your mouth… and you’r good to go.
They look deceptively easy to make,…. you need to be adaptive to be doing 2 or 3 things all at once….but once the methodology is conquered…… it’s a cakewalk! 
Whats more you can stock them up to be eaten at will.
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A few tips:
  • many people either put Black Peppercorns or carom seeds but i like to use both…peppercorn for flavor and carom seeds help in digestion…it is fried after all.
  • please do not heat the oil to smoking point ….the rounds will burn instantly on the outside…leaving the inside uncooked.
  • I personally like to roll them up thin ….it turns out to be more crispy….hate the bulky thick versions.
  • Do not fry too many of them at one time….they will remain uncooked…
  • PLEASE TAKE CARE TO STORE THEM WELL IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS…if you want them to crispy for long.
Enjoy!
Mathris or Tea Time Crispy Savory Snacks
Ingredients:
   
2 cups  Refined Flour
1/4th cup fine Semolina  
2 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp whole Black Peppercorns (pounded slightly)or you can also use carom seeds
1/8th tsp Baking Powder 
2 tbsp Curd / Plain Yogurt 
7 tbsp warm Water 
4 tbsp melted Ghee or clarified butter /  or you can also very easily use Oil 
 Oil for deep frying 
Method:
  • Mix the flour, salt ,cracked pepper and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Add the ghee and rub between your palms until it takes the form of breadcrumbs.
  • Add the curd  and give it a further rub. 
  • Add water and form a firm dough by kneading it for about 8 mins .
  • Cover with the damp cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small balls and roll out all the balls.
  • Heat the oil in a deep-frying pan.
  • Fry the rolled out dough in a batch over moderate heat.
  • Do not allow the rounds to become brown, they should remain golden in color.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat the process. 
  • Store only when cooled in airtight boxes.
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