March 6, 2008

Meeting a Fellow Blogger, Awards and Some Khakhra

Meeting a Fellow Blogger:
A fellow food blogger and I arranged to meet this last Sunday. She was on her way from Hyderabad going for a holiday abroad(I am not letting on any further details) and stopped over at Kochi to meet an old friend from college days. The blogger I'm talking about is Arundati of Escapades.
She had sent me a mail in reply to a comment I left on her blog a couple of weeks back. Now, it happens that I have found some whole sale baking suppliers who stock a lot of baking related stuff. I was wondering which brand of chocolate would best to buy when I realized Arundati would be the person to ask. I have in the past admired the chocolates on her blog. One thing led to another and we arranged to meet when she and her husband were down in Kochi. She brought Akshaya and me some wonderful gifts, including candles and chocolates which I absolutely love. I now know for a fact that her chocolates not only look good but taste even better. Arundati also brought me some chocolate moulds which I am definitely going to put to good use.
We spent a lot of time talking and then found out that both our husbands belong to the same place in Palakkad, and are also related in a distant way through marriage! Our meeting had to end (a little too soon it seemed) as they had a plane to catch that evening and we had to get back home as my husband was leaving that night on a work related trip. And guess what, in all that time we were talking, we never talked about anything close to food blogging! We just didn’t get around to it. It was a nice experience to meet someone I had known only from her blog.

The Awards:
I checked my blog two days back to find that Divya of Dil Se has given me an Excellent Blog Award. Red Chillies has also passed on a Nice Matters Award to me ( “Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.”) .
It feels nice to know that they feel my blog deserves the awards. Thank you, Divya and RC, I appreciate this.

Khakhra
Khakhra is a Gujarathi snack made from whole wheat flour. It looks like a chapathi but is very thin, crisp and can be plain or have a variety of spices. Khakhras are usually available in the stores in a variety of flavours.
I prefer to make them at home whenever I can (which is not often enough) because I can make them without fat and keep the spices down. They make a tasty low calorie snack, very simple to make but take a bit of time.



Ingredients:

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
3 tbsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
½ tsp caraway seeds (ajwain/ omam)
1 tsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp cumin powder
salt to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and enough water into a softish but elastic dough similar to dough for making chapathi. Pinch off a ball of dough the size of a small lemon/ lime and roll out into as thin a circle as possible. Dust lightly, if necessary, with whole wheat flour while rolling out the dough to prevent it from sticking.
Heat a cast iron griddle. Put the rolled out dough on it and cook, over low to medium heat on both sides till faint brown spots start appearing.
Now take a thick kitchen towel, fold it and roll it up into a size fills your palm. Holding the rolled up towel press down on the cooked dough circle, a little at a time till every part of the circle has been pressed down. This ensures that it cooks and crisps out evenly. Now turn the khakhra over and repeat with the other side. The khakhra would now have a light brown colouring on both sides and would have become crisp. If you would like, the khakhra can be brushed with butter or ghee at this point. Cool on a cookie rack. Finish the rest of the dough in this manner.
When cool, store in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 12 khakhras.
Khakhras can be eaten plain, with tea, or served with a variety of dips or salsas, sweet and sour chutneys or even curries.

Updated on 8th March, 2008:
The regular version of Khakhra can be made by adding 4 tbsp of oil/ ghee (clarified unsalted butter) to the dough when mixing up the ingredients. This regular version would be tastier (because of the fat) and less dryer in texture than my version.

18 comments:

jayasree said...

Too many nice things in this blog. Congrats on your two awards. Nice reading about your meeting with a fellow blogger. Finally coming to the recipe, ur Khakhra is looking so crisp. Have bookmarked it.

Asha said...

Enjoy the award girl. Glad you enjoyed meeting a fellow blogger too!:)
You make Khakras at home! WOW! I love them and always buy it in Indian store. Looks perfect, I must try! Thanks.

Trupti said...

Congratulations on your awards. Y'day only I was thinking og making khakra & I saw your post. Thanks for shring this recipe

Happy cook said...

Congrats with your award.
I think it is wonderful fellow bloggers can meat up. And then to havce so much fun. Wonderful

bee said...

wow, khakra dough needs no oil? it's great to know. your awards are well-deserved. i love your blog.

Vanamala said...

Khakhra is very nice recipe :)
congrats for your 2 awards....

Rosie said...

Congrats on the awards! It was lovely to read about your meet up and that you had an enjoybale time with a fellow blogger. :)
Your Khakhra looks perfect too!

Rosie x

Pooja V said...

COngrats on the award. Sound slike you gals had fun.

Suganya said...

Aparna, I love both yrs and Arundati's blog. Its fortunate you guys got to meet :). Can I serve khakhra with gravies?

Divya Vikram said...

Congrats again..The Khakras look too good

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Seena said...

Khakhra, is little diff. to say, but love the chapathi like dish.. Nice to know you met a blogger friend! :)

Cynthia said...

It is always such a pleasure to meet a fellow blogger and there is always so much else to talk about other than food blogging! :) I am so happy to hear that you connected and made a new friend.

Hearty congratulations on the award and thanks very much for taking the time to visit my blog. Truly appreciated.

I love making flat breads of any kind though I'm not a fan of eating them. I just like making them, perfecting the art of doing so and then sharing :) I am excited to try your khakhra however, can you please send me the full-regular version, meaning not the low fat version. I want to try making it the regular was first and then adjusting it as per your recipe here.

Aparna said...

Jayasree, Asha, Trupti,
Thanks. I know it takes a little time to make but do try them out.

HC, Vanamala, Rosie, Pooja, Divya and Seena,
We love these Khakhras. And yes, it was an experience meeting as a result of our blogs.

Jeena,
Thanks for the invite.

Bee,
Yes, that's why I make the effort to do it at home. Am happy to know you enjoy coming here.

Suganya,
Glad to know you like my blog. Yes, meeting Arundati was an experience.
I have never had khakhra with gravies, but I should think that it should be ok if the gravy is thick. I think I have read somewhrere that khakhras are served with thick gravies in Gujarat.

Cynthia,
Thanks. We did have good time.
The regular version is really the same except you add about 4 tbsp of oil or ghee to the dough when mixing it up. This would give you you a khakhra that is not as dry as the no fat version. Of course, it goes without saying that the version with the oil/ ghee would be tastier.

meeso said...

Great blog! This sounds good, I wish I had tried it before.

zlamushka said...

How lovely, never heard of that snack. almost like chapatti, but thinner and popaddams, but not so oily. I love it!

Aparna said...

Thanks, Meeso and Zlamushka,
You're welcome.

Raaga said...

looks like you had a great time... and thanks for the khakhra recipe... I've been wanting to try... but end up buying!