Friday, June 3, 2011

Katri/Matri - Animal Crackers Indian style

Home made animal crackers are always a delight to nibble at summer picnics. These cute little snacks make your perfect date with family. This is my tried and tested family recipe and made in our home from ages, I just adapted my mom's recipe and made it with her help. The crackers were a huge hit at my place and by end of day we were left with no crackers to save. So go ahead and give your family a treat of Indian style animal crackers or "Katri-Matri" as we know it. Unleash your creativity on the dough and cut it out in any desired shape and present it the way YOU like. I tried to do a jungle theme so chose green flowery background to line up my Little Animals... !

All purpose flour: 1 cup
Semolina: 1/4 cup
Butter: 1/2 stick or Canola Oil: 1/4 cup
Carrom seeds: 1 tsp
Fenugreek flakes or Parsley flakes: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Black Peppers: few
Cocoa powder: 1 tsp, optional
Warm Water for kneading the dough

Sieve all purpose flour  and semolina in a bowl.
Add salt, carrom seeds, fenugreek flakes and butter to make a soft dough while adding little warm water.
Cover the dough with a cheesecloth and rest for two hours.
Knead the dough again and roll it as flat as possible with a rolling pin.
Cut it into desired shapes with animal cutters.

Add black peppers for making the eyes.
Shallow fry the crackers till light golden brown.
Take out and allow to cool.

Let the crackers cool down and store in an air tight container.

Hope you guys enjoy these crackers.
Do share with me, your innovative ideas on making crackers... !

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