Friday, 2 August 2013

Besan Para ( Patti ) - Spicy Chickpea Flour Crackers

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

This summer its all about cooking food that's going to be handy. Ready to throw into a bag at a moments notice or when you've made a last minute decision to go out!

For the past two/three weeks, we've been going out a lot while we are still decorating our house! My daughter bagged a few tickets to some live shows, X FACTOR and TOP GEAR!

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The X Factor is the biggest television talent competition in Europe and has proved hugely popular with the public.

Top Gear is a British television show about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the world's most widely watched factual television programme, we have two very die hard fan of Top Gear in my house hubby and our daughter, yep she is car fanatic !!!!!!

We were really lucky to see lots of celebrities! From the X Factor live auditions, we saw Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh!! At the Top Gear recording, we saw Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. To our surprise, Hugh Jackman was the guest celebrity at that weeks live recording. He was there to promot his new movie The Wolverine !
The atmosphere during a live recording is great! You get to see how shows are recorded which is always a surprise! It's almost always shot back to front! The only drawback was that we couldn't take pictures as the show was recording :( luckily, the memories will always be in our heads!!

In between painting the house, there was no way we had time for much prep so we were lucky that we had some special treats to munch before the shows. When your standing in long queues, it's great to have something to nibble on and almost forget the pain in your legs !! ( works for me for a while )

The special treat is Besan para (patti). Translates Chickpea flour Crackers. I came to know this recipe while we were on holiday in Switzerland many many years back. We Indians have this habit of sharing our food with those who sit next to us in the bus or train, and this lady who was sitting in front of us took out these tastiest and drool worthy Besan para and asked me to taste, first I said no to her, ( since I've settled in UK, I've stopped or forgotten many customs or habits like this) then she insisted that I should have at least one, so I thought I don't want to insult her and I ate that besan para..oh boy, I was cursing myself :P now you can imaging as foodie I started whole postmortam of that cracker and jotted down the recipe from her, and of course I return the favour and did share my delectable and aromatic NanKhatai ( spiced Indian Cookies ) with her family too :)


It isn't too difficult to make and it's a very crunchy spicy, tasty and yummy snack which is great for anyone and perfect with tea or coffee! If you're para crazy then check out my Sugar Coated Shakkarpara and Jaggery Para and let me know.

You will need :-
  • 250 g chickpea flour or besan
  • 250 g plain flour or chapatti flour
  • 50 g fine semolina
  • 100 ml oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tsp red chilli powder ( you can adjust to your liking )
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp ajwain ( carom seeds )
  • Oil to fry para
Masala powder to sprinkle on crackers
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp.
  • Dry mango powder 1/2 tsp. ( Amchoor Powder )
  • Garam masala 1/2 tsp.
  • Chaat masala 1 tsp.
  • Anardaana powder 1/2 tsp. ( pomegranate powder )
Method :-
Mix all the masala powder ( to sprinkle ) in one bowl and leave it aside.
Mix chickpea flour, plain flour, semolina, 100 ml oil, salt, sesame seeds, ajawain seeds and red chilli powder in a bowl.
Combine everything and make a stiff pliable dough. ( like a puri dough )
Cover with wet cloth and leave it 10-15 minutes.

Divide dough into 4-5 equal parts.
Make a ball from each part of the dough and roll into a circle on a flat surface with rolling pin about 1/2 " thick .

Prick the circle with fork so para doesn't fluff up.
Cut each of the rolled dough into half with pizza cutter or knife. ( if you feel like whatever shape you desire you can give like square or diamond but I preffered long sheets )

Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadai , fry the paras on a medium to low heat until brown.
Remove it from the hot oil.
Sprinkle masala powder which prepared earlier and let it cool to room temperature they will go crispy.
Enjoy !

Note :- Please do not get confused with this recipe thinking that these are regular Fafda or Choraphali fafda, they both totally different recipes. Check out my Fafda recipe and look forward to see Choraphali fafda recipe in near future.

Linking it to Made with Love Mondays .


  1. looks super yummy :) lovely clicks dear :)

  2. Such a tasty snack, Jagruti! I love the color and texture of these crackers and the flavor sounds wonderful. There's nothing better than fresh homemade crackers...

  3. Glad to see that you and your family had a great time in both X factor and Top Gear. On top of it, you have prepared such crispy and delicious looking patties. They look yummy.

  4. sooo good....perfect munch and totally addictive:-)

  5. delicious crunchy snack...hi Jagruti I am first time here..please do visit my place too in your spare time thanks..also I am hosting an event with giveaway..

  6. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious and more-ish!


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