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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Kara Thukkada Recipe / Spicy Diamond Cuts Recipe

Kara thukkada is an addictive, crunchy tea time snack. It is called by different names in different regions..Kaara thukkada, Diamond cuts, Namakpara, Nimkin, Savoury Shankarpale and so on. Usually these are made using maida (refined flour) with salt and spices like chilli powder, carom seeds or nigella and are deep fried. I have made them with whole wheat flour. This easy to make snack, tastes great when paired with masala tea or ginger tea.


Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Corn flour - 2 tablespoons (optional)
Ajwain (omam) - 1/4 tsp.
White sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Salt - approx. 3/4 tsp. or as needed
Hing - 1/4 tsp.
Melted butter - 1 tablespoon
Hot oil - 2 tablespoons

Oil - to deep fry


Sieve wheat flour. Take a wide bowl. Combine all given ingredients.  Add water and knead to form a medium-stiff dough. Keep covered for 5 minutes. 

Knead well, make medium sized balls and roll into thin chappathis. Do not worry about edges. Cut into diamond shapes using a knife or pizza cutter.

Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry the diamond cuts in batches.  

When crisp and golden brown, drain in a paper towel. Fry in medium heat and repeat with all diamond cuts. 

When cool, store in an air-tight container.

NOTE: Adding corn flour gives flaky and crispy Diamond cuts

1. Kalonji, cumin seeds or sesame seeds can be substituted for ajwain.
2. Black pepper powder can be substituted for red chilli powder.

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