There are varieties of snacks to munch on anytime, anywhere and with anything. They can be packed as a lunch box snack and served as after school snacks. They can be a perfect accompaniment while watching TV or while having a cup of tea or coffee. I am sharing the recipe of my favorite snack Nippattu, which perfectly falls in this category. Nippattu is a deep fried crunchy snack made with rice flour & peanuts.
This snack brings back my nostalgic childhood memories. My maternal grand mother(Ammamma) used to give us a big box packed with this snack every year when we visited her in the summer vacation. She also used to give many other varieties of snacks and sweets to us. My friends used to eagerly wait for these snacks and this particular snack was always in popular demand. we all used to enjoy munching on them. They were all gone in just a few days. My kids love this crunchy snack. This weekend is a long weekend for them. So, I prepared them today so that my kids can enjoy munching on them over the long weekend.
I am sharing my mom’s recipe for this tasty snack. Let’s begin by keeping the ingredients ready.
Any size of measuring cup can be used. The ratio of Riceflour:Peanuts:Dalia is 4:1:1/2. Adjust the spices according to the measurinng cup used. I have given the spices measurement as per the measuring cup I used.
Measuring cup used: 1 cup = 160ml(Rice cooker cup)
Rice flour – 4 cups
Unroasted peanuts – 1 cup
Roasted chana dal/Dalia – 1/2 cup
Red chilli powder – 2 & 1/2 Tsp.(approximately)
Hot oil – 2 & 1/2 Tbsp.
Sesame seeds – 2 Tbsp.
Salt – as needed( 1 & 1/4 Tsp. approximately)
Vegetable Oil/Peanut oil – for deep frying
We need to remove the skin on the peanuts. Wrap the peanuts in a kitchen towel. Rub on the kitchen towel for 1-2 minutes to loosen the skin on the peanuts. Open the towel and tranfer them to a wide plate. Gently blow on the peanuts to remove the skin as much as possible. Pulse the peanuts into a very coarse powder using a food processor or a dry blender jar. Transfer this to a wide bowl.
Pulse the roasted chana dal(Dalia) into a coarse powder using a food processor or a dry blender jar. Transfer this to the same bowl in which peanut powder is added. Add rice flour, red chilli powder, salt and sesame seeds. Mix all the dry ingredients in the bowl.
Add 2 & 1/2 Tbsp. of hot oil into this dry mixture. Rub the flour with fingers so that oil is evenly distributed to all the flour.
Now we need to prepare the dough by adding water to the dry mixture.
Note: My mom says not to prepare all the dough at once. Take 1/4 quantity of the prepared flour into a separate bowl. Add water gradually to this flour mixture until it forms a semi soft dough. We need to prepare the dough in 3-4 batches. This tip was very useful to me especially when my kids were little. It was hard to work uninterruptedly for long time. If something comes up in the middle of the process, we can save the dry mixture and prepare the dough next day. After the first batch, we can adjust the spices/salt (if needed) in the dry mixture before making the dough for the next batch.
There is no need to knead the dough. Cover the dough while preparing the puris. The dough should not be rested for long time. It tends to get dry. For best results, you need to start the preparation as soon as you make the dough.
Grease a plastic sheet with some oil. Take a small lemon sized quantity of the prepared dough and place it on the greased plastic sheet. Apply oil to your fingers. Gently press on with your fingers and spread it like a round puri. It should not be too thick or too thin. This can also be done using a puri press lined with a greased plastic sheet inside.
Note: If you make it too thick it will puff like a puri while frying in the oil. If it is too thin it will break while handling it. For some reasons, if they are still fluffing in the hot oil, then make small holes on them using a fork before frying. This will prevent them from puffing while frying in the oil. Make sure there are no cracks on the borders. It is pretty simple but needs little patience.
Grease a plastic sheet with oil. Place this sheet on a plate/tray. Arrange all the prepared puris on this greased plastic sheet.
Heat the oil in a wide deep fry pan on medium heat. Fry the prepared puris 5-6 at a time in hot oil. Place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Note: Do not fry them on high heat. the oil should be hot before frying. You can check if the oil is hot enough by frying just one puri at first. The puri should start sizzling and come up slowly. If it becomes dark too quickly then the oil is too hot. Turn off the heat for few seconds to reduce the heat.
Let them cool completely before storing them in an air tight container.
I love to munch on this crunchy snack with my hot cup of coffee/tea!!!!