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... !


  1. Those crackers looks soo cute and highly addictive..

  2. This is a great and adorable idea.

  3. These look so adorable & tempting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. Very cute looking crackers..these are a kiddies delight. Liked your idea of jungle based background too.

  5. So cute :) It must be a sure hit with all the kids and grownups..I love this idea:)

  6. Lovely crackers with indian spices.

  7. Really cool with the parsley flakes in them! Look yummy! And the wee shapes really make me smile

  8. I like matri a lot with some aachar. Now I have a recipe to refer to :) Btw the cocoa powder .. where did you use it ?

  9. Thank You so much to all the lovely ladies... !

  10. I absolutely love the sound of these!! Cute and delicious :)
    Heidi xo

  11. loved d way u hv presented them..:)looks sooper

  12. How creative. They look adorable :)

  13. oh how cute! I love them! Love them so much i might make them today! No lie!

  14. Oh I've bookmarked this recipe for sure, Sonia. The kids are coming for a visit in July and I would just LOVE to make these adorable and fairly easy Animal Crackers. The flavors sound awesome and they are just so darn cute!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing and, thank your mom too!!!

  15. These are just too cute. Going to try the recipe for Tiffany. Thanks so much for sharing

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  17. this is one of my fav north indian snacks ! i love matri :D its great that you made them in a creative way !

  18. Now that's a cracker. Would make the perfect house party platter. Amazing

  19. hey girl come see my fabulous olive oil giveaway going on today! it is amazing! Love the crackers- you did see my comment about them right? AMAZING!

  20. What an amazing idea!!!This will be hit recipe for children party.Your blog.....TOO GOOD.

  21. I love this spiced up version of animal crackers!

  22. These are cute :) You know I never make crackers, never have. I should put on my list!

  23. ThankYou so much Guys... !!!

  24. Your creations are always innovative!! I'm sure my kid would love it...

  25. What a cute animal crackers! I only have a round cookie cutter. Haha. Love the spice in the cookies!

  26. gr8 presentation kids would love snacks like these...happy to follow u:)

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