Ah, Fafda – the ultimate Gujarati snack. Made with gram flour, laced with carom seeds and garnished with black pepper, this snack is a superstar during special occasions like Diwali and Dusshera. Often enjoyed with green chutney and salty green chillies, this crispy delight is quite easy to make. So, here's a quick guide to making it at home.
- 1½ cup gram flour
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp carom seeds
- 1 tsp asafoetida
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 cup water
Step 1: In a bowl of gram flour, add salt, baking soda, carom seeds, asafoetida and a little bit of oil. Knead the mix well into a thick dough.
Step 2: Pull out a small portion of the dough and continue kneading it till it becomes soft.
Step 4: Pinch a smaller portion from the well-kneaded dough and place it on the edge of a wooden plank.
Step 5: Using the base of your wrist, press the dough slightly and slide it across the plank till the dough is pasted thinly against the plank.
Step 6: Once flattened well, use a knife to scrape it off from the surface of the wooden plank.
Step 7: Fry these thin strips of dough on a medium-to-high flame and allow it to rise well before scooping it out of the oil.
Step 8: Once evenly fried, scoop it out of the oil and set it aside on a tray.
Step 9: Once fried, sprinkle the Fafda with pepper before serving.
Step 10: Serve and enjoy with green chillies, kadhi (gram flour gravy) and a cabbage-carrot side dish.
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