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Monday, September 19, 2011

Diamond cuts (Crispy evening snack) | Sweet Biscuits (2 Versions)

Diamond cuts as the name suggests is the diamond shape of this crispy snack.This is a common flavour from the state of Kerala,God's Own country in India. This is much relished during Christmas time at our place.Grown ups and kids all love to munch this snack any time.Its deep fried in oil and can be preserved for days together in air tight containers.This is a simple ,easy snack and can be prepared even by beginners.
(pics updated)
(wheat flour diamond cuts;old pic)

The traditional recipe uses maida (all purpose flour)as the base but here I used wheat flour as a part of being healthy.If you are using maida,then you needn't add baking powder.The dough can be left for 3 hours before rolling.Also,the actual part of recipe dusts the diamond cuts with confectioners sugar at the end.I have made the previous pic with wheat flour and adding sugar to the dough.But the latest pic below,is made with all purpose flour and wheat flour,coated with sugar syrup.



Ingredients
VERSION 1
wheat flour   2 cups (I used wheat flour)
egg   1  
sugar  3/4 cup powdered
sesame seeds (black) 1.5tsp
baking powder   3/4 tsp
cardamom powder   1tsp (from 5-6 small cardamom pods)
salt to taste
oil for frying

VERSION 2
all purpose flour 1.5 cups
wheat flour 1cup
egg 1
salt to taste
cardamom powder 1 tsp
black sesame seeds 1.5 tsp
oil for frying

for sugar syrup
sugar 3/4 cup
water 1/4 cup
cardamom powder 1/2 tsp



Method

VERSION 1
  • Sieve the flour and mix the dough  with salt and baking powder if using.
  • Beat the egg, mix the powdered sugar and cardamom powder ,sesame seeds.
  • Mix this into the dough and knead the dough like as for chapati.
  • Keep it for 4 hours covered with a plastic wrap or muslin cloth.
VERSION 2 
  • Sift flours and add salt to taste.Add the cardamom powder and sesame seeds.Add in the egg and add water as required to knead the dough like for chapathi. Keep covered for 3 hours.
FOR BOTH VERSIONS,BELOW STEPS ARE SAME
  • Pinch out large balls and using a rolling pin make a very thin chapati .
  • Using a knife/pizza cutter cut diagonally on the rolled dough to make small diamond shaped pieces.
  • Heat oil in a wok/ kadai upto 3" deep and wait till its hot.
  • Slide the diamond pieces into oil carefully so that no spillage occurs.
  • Flip all sides to get uniform heat and browning,keep on medium flame (else they become spongy and not crisp).
  • When the diamond cuts start ringing ,drain using a slotted spoon when it turns slightly brown on a paper towel.
  • Repeat the same procedure of rolling till the dough ball finishes.
  • If the dough is mixed with sugar then can be stored once cooled in containers.If it needs to be coated with sugar syrup then proceed further.

FOR MAKING SUGAR SYRUP
  • Heat sugar and water listed in a pan until it reaches one string consistency.Add cardamom powder and then slide the fried diamond cuts,mix well.Switch off flame.Wait to cool down before storing or serving.
NOTES
*If the dough is mixed with sugar ,then keep the flame low as it turns brown very fast while frying.



Hi,friends this is for your information n hope you have noticed ,I have changed my blog's name from 'Tasty Treat' to "Erivum Puliyum".That's a malayalam word meaning spicy n sour.Hope you find my recipes suiting to your tastes and every valued suggestions are counted from my readers.Hope to have your continued support as always,Thanx a lot !!
The current URL : http://www.erivumpuliyumm.com
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Also sending this to The Kerala Kitchen hosted by Divya of Easy cooking for this month

23 comments:

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

wow julie ...my mum used to make dis...love addition of sesame seeds....

aipi said... Best Blogger Tips

If I were around there wouldn't be any left for you lol- love this very much :))
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Lizy said... Best Blogger Tips

Mom used to make this for us! I love them as snack..

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, lovely snack, looks very crunchy...you said -easy to make: may be i try this one day :)
i will change your url name. at first i thought i was at the wrong blog, then i was sure its you, no other julie :)
i also thought you don't blog in english anymore and i have to use google translate ha ha.
I have an award to give you, please come over and collect it, thanks julie and have a nice day

Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and crunchy snack..my favorite..

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely snack. feeling so nostalgia after seeing them.

Cheers,
Uma

Vidhya said... Best Blogger Tips

This was a childhood favorite of mine. Thanks for bringing back to my attention.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious and crunchy...following you on google..thanks for the follow

-Aarthi @munchmunchcrunchcrunch

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love to munch this....Hey nice name for your blog...
I have shared few awards...pls come and collect it from my space..:)

Nandini said... Best Blogger Tips

They're crunchy and I want to munch one!

khushi said... Best Blogger Tips

nice crunchy snacks.....thanks for visiting my blog :)
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Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

simply love d combination of flavors...yumm n crisp..:P
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julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all for your crunchy comments..
@ Reshmi : Thanx again for the awards.. N your sweet compliment on the blog's name!

Prathima Shivraj said... Best Blogger Tips

Vow, so crispy diamonds, came out perfect, my all time fav snack.

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a lovely treat for kids specially...home made and healthy.

Saji said... Best Blogger Tips

First tym at your place...Happy to follow you
I make these the same except that omit egg

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, sorry about that, can you please gimme your email address, i will send both to you via email. thanks dear
and thank you so much for the hundred hearts award, really love it
my email is
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Nitha said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this snack.. Good to keep munching..

erivum puliyum maathram pora tto.. madhuravum venam ;) Just joking :)

julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx again, @ Nitha : sure dear, I posted the sweet diamond cuts only to enhance that there is little sweetness too, other than the title :-))

Shireen Sequeira said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie, such a nice snack. We call it 'Thukdi' in Mangalore & its usually made during Xmas as part of our traditional christmas fare called 'Kuswar'

Ammu's said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet biscuits are yummy :)

Valli
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Usha said... Best Blogger Tips

I have not eaten these in a long time!

Krithi's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these biscuits... long time since I made 'em!!
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