Lockdown Cooking | No Fry Semolina Discs

Tried something different because junk food can also be prepared in a healthy way!

Papri chaat or papdi chaat is a north Indian delicacy that is widely eaten and enjoyed by many. The base is prepared using all-purpose flour and is fried till crisp! The toppings usually are boiled potatoes, chutneys, and lots of sev along with chaat masala.

I enjoy eating junk but always had guilt while eating. The more junk I try to avoid, the more I end up eating! to overcome this, I thought of preparing this chaat in a healthy way and tried dry roasting the base with semolina instead of all-purpose flour.

This is very healthy as it is made up of ingredients that are easily available at home.

Adding the recipe below :

Serves : 25 discs / papri’s

What did I use?

  • Semolina – 1 cup
  • whole wheat flour – 2 tablespoon
  • Clarified butter or ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – a pinch [ Optional but I strongly recommend to add this! adding carom seeds not only brings good taste, it brings good smell and is extremely healthy for the body ]
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Water – if required

How did I make it?

  • I prepared the dough by mixing semolina, wheat flour, salt, ghee, carom seeds, and milk. I ensured that the dough is neither too soft nor too hard. It has to have the same stiffness as that of chappati.
  • Once kneaded, I allowed the dough to rest for about 20 to 25 minutes and then kneaded it for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • My next step was to divide the dough into 20 – 25 parts depending on the size of the discs and allow it to dry till the moisture is removed. When the papri’s were set for drying, I pricked them with a fork to avoid any air filling during roasting. The papri’s will blow up if they are not pricked.
  • That’s it! I placed it on a pre-heated non-stick pan and allow it to roast. I ensured that the flame is medium while placing the discs and then low after about 2 minutes.
  • I allowed the discs to cool and tadaa! my papri’s were ready

These papri’s can be used for preparing dahi papri chaat or sev puri, or can also be eaten as it is. Do try this out!

Published by Rishika Powany

My name is Rishika, and I’m a Freelance writer. I am passionate about generating creative content, helping brands grow digitally, and coach people on Public Speaking. I help people promote and grow their brands through various Digital Marketing techniques. At the same time, I also show you how to hack your interviews, gain more confidence, and speak more effectively through communication strategies.

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