Ragi Khakhra and Coriander Khakhra

Ragi khakhras
Ragi Khakhras
Devansh’s preschool provides snacks so I don’t have to send a lunch box with him. Thrice a week, they provide hot snacks like poha, idli-chutney, thepla etc., and twice a week they provide dry snacks like masala puris and biscuits. On the biscuits days, I send a lunch box with Devansh as I don’t want him to start having food made from refined flour and sugar just yet—well for the rest of his life if possible but if I can’t keep away from such food how can I expect Devansh to. 🙂 But meanwhile I am having my say before he becomes aware of all the unhealthy food options available everywhere.
 
On my Facebook page, I had asked for suggestions for dry snacks suitable for sending in Devansh’s lunch box. One of the suggestions I liked was khakhras. Khakhras are fairly simple to make and are healthy; in fact Devansh’s school also gives them khakhras as dry snacks sometimes. At home, we make khakhras of leftover rotis. We apply red chili powder, salt, and some lemon juice on top. They taste yummy, and of course contain a LOT less oil than the readymade khakhras. Of course, Devansh hasn’t eaten the roti khakhras with chili powder applied on top. But he has eaten them plain and has liked them.
 
Coriander khakhras
Coriander Khakhras

Few days back I made ragi khakhras; well actually my cook, Prema maushi made them. I mixed the flours, and maushi added the rest of the ingredients and made them. The khakhras turned out well, but maushi made them using less oil and they turned out a little dry. We relished them more than Devansh as we could eat them without any guilt since they were made using less oil. Then yesterday, I made coriander khakhras using chana flour. I used oil liberally and they turned out less dry, still not as oily as the readymade khakhras though; so I can’t imagine how much oil these guys use. I gave the coriander khakhras to Devansh in his lunch box today. When I asked Devansh’s teacher if he ate properly, she said he ate and he was also offering his khakhras to other kids. I am so proud of my baby.

Hope you and your kids enjoy the ragi and coriander khakhras. If you want to make these khakhras as diet food for yourself, you can make them using less oil than the quantity given below.
Ragi Khakhra and Coriander Khakhra

Recipe of khakhras that are ideal as healthy dry snacks suitable for toddlers and kids.
Ingredients for ragi Khakhras
  • 5 tbsp ragi (finger millet) flour

  • 2 tbsp rice flour

  • 5 tbsp wheat flour

  • Half tsp lightly roasted cumin seeds

  • Half tsp lightly roasted sesame seeds

  • Half tsp red chili powder

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for coriander Khakhras
  • 5 tbsp chana (chickpea) flour

  • 2 tbsp rice flour

  • 5 tbsp wheat flour

  • Half tsp lightly roasted sesame seeds

  • Half tsp lightly roasted ajwain (carom seeds)

  • Half tsp turmeric powder

  • Half tsp red chili powder

  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • Salt to taste

Common steps for both types of khakras
  1. Take the ingredients other than the oil in a bowl and mix them well.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil and mix it with the other ingredients.

  3. Now knead a dough by using a little less water than what you would use for making rotis.

  4. If the dough looks dry, add a little oil to it.

  5. Divide the dough in lemon-sized balls.

  6. Roll the ball-shaped dough like a roti. (You will need to use some wheat flour for rolling the khakhras.)

  7. Heat a flat pan (I used iron tava, you can use a non-stick one if you want).

  8. Grease the pan with a little oil, cook each side of khakhra for about a minute. (I cooked the first side on medium flame initially, and then cooked the khakhra on low flame after that.)

  9. Before flipping the khakhra, you can apply a little oil on top as well. Don't cook the Khakhra completely; keep it just a tad bit raw.

  10. Now press each side of khakhra—especially the edges—using a pav bhaji masher.

  11. Take of the khakhra from the pan after it become stiff and is cooked properly from both sides.

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