Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Onion Crackers

  1. 2 cups of All purpose flour/maida
  2. 1/4 cup warm water
  3. 4 tsp sesame seeds ( I have toasted the sesame seeds very lightly on a skillet)
  4. 1/3 cup oil
  5. 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  6. 1.5 big onions, finely chopped ( I have used yellow onions here, but red onions would give it better zest)
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 3 green hot chillies, finely chopped (adjust amount to your taste)
  9. Fistful of very finely chopped fresh coriander/cilantro leaves
  10. 2 tsp Sugar
  11. Some Coarse Salt to sprinkle on top


In a big bowl combine  flour/ maida, sesame seeds,  half the onions, salt, sugar, soda, chopped coriander leaves, green chillies and mix well. Add the oil  & the butter and spread it to the mix. Big and uneven lumps will form but that is ok.
(Note: I have used only half the amount of onions here, for the reason that the more onions added would release more water as the dough rested & the dough would be difficult to work with.Do not skip adding atleast some of the onions now, for the flavors to be infused)
Add the warm water and make thick dough. At this point if you feel there is too much onion, do not worry, the more the better taste. Knead well for about 2-3 minutes and cover this with a damp cloth. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 325 F.
Gently knead in the rest of the chopped onions. Do not worry if they are not mixed in evenly.
On a well floured surface roll out the dough like you would make a cookie dough. (If you find it difficult to do this, use Supriya’s method:  “So instead I took small balls on dough and placed it in between 2 greased plastic sheets. Apply pressure and make it into flat disc. Remove the top cover and with the tip of your hands flatten the dough and make it as flat as possible.”)
Take a round cookie cutter or a glass or small bowl with sharp edges & cut out cookie rounds. Repeat this process for the remaining dough as well.
Place the round cut outs on a greased cookie sheet. Poke holes on all of them with a fork, this way the cracker will not puff and also the air will go out while baking. Sprinkle some coarse salt on the cookies.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until they are brown.

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