Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pepper Thattai | Milagu Thattai | Snacks

Milagu Thattai, a delicious savory snack made from rice flour with wonderful pepper flavor. I have been thinking of posting this recipe here for very long time, as Krishna Jeyanthi/Gokulashtami is just around the corner and thattai is one of the popular snack prepared for this festival, thought of, this might be the right time to post here and made them last evening just to post here and of course we enjoy eating them too 😊. 
In our home ,we grew up eating varieties of home made murukku and seedai, thattai was not in the picture when i grew up, later when i was chennai for job, i got tasted the A2B's pepper thattai for the first picture and instantly love the flavor. Ever since i always prefer to buy the pepper thattai whenever visit A2B shop. After moving to aboard, i started to make them at home, one of the difficulties of living far away from home town, whenever you're craving for something from your home town, the only choice you have is make it on your own. No regrets at all, actually i see that as the opportunity to learn on how to make them otherwise i would never make them on my own. Ok, enough with my stories, coming to the recipe, today i have used home made rice flour, but you can use the store brought rice flour too for this recipe, i had used them in the past and it worked fine. Now let's check out how to make this flavorful pepper thattai.

Pepper Thattai | Milagu Thattai

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 20-22 
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Rice flour - 1 cup
Roasted chana dal flour/Pottukadalai maavu - 3 tbsp
Chana dal - 2 tsp
Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves -  1 spring
Butter - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Oil - for frying

Procedure
Soak the chana dal in water for 10 mins. In a bowl, take the rice flour & roasted gram flour.Add the peppercorns into the hand motor & pestle and crushed them into coarse powder and add into the flour along with salt.Finely chop the curry leaves and add into the flour mixture along with asafoetida powder, mix it all well together, then add the melted butter and give a good mix.Add the soaked chana dal and the needed water and make a dough. Divide the dough into small lemon sized ball.Take a zip lock bag, cut the sealed edges and make it open, grease it with oil and  place a dough on one side of the bag and cover the top with the other side of the bag.Using a flat bottom bowl and press the dough to flatten it out evenly. Prick on the top using fork.Heat the oil for frying and add the pressed dough.Let it cook in medium flame. Gently flip it for couple of times while frying.When the "shh" sound stops and the thattai floats on the top without any bubbles, remove from the oil and place it on tissue paper. Do the same for the remaining dough.Tasty and crispy Pepper Thattai is ready. Let it cool down completely and store them in air tight container to maintain the crispiness. 
Notes:
  • Instead of hand motor & pestle, you can using mixie to crush the peppercorns.
  • Prick the top using fork helps to avoid puff up while frying.
  • The given quantity of pepper is for mild spice. Add more or less as per your liking.
  • Instead of zip lock bag, you can use any polythene bag for shaping thattai.
  • To make roasted gram flour, add the roasted gram in the mixie and grind into fine powder.If need sieve it once otherwise use them as it is.

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