July 13th, 2012
I have been waking up each day from the past 3 weeks with my three year old snuggled next to me, sleeping like a charm on my arm without worrying about the day’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, without getting upset about my househelp’s working patterns and without all the anxieties that face me each day in running my household in Mumbai. Being on a holiday at my parent’s has afforded me these luxuries.
Where else in the world would I find a place like this? And people who would take care of me and my son without any expectations in return and with unconditional love. With sermons like you go work on your assignment, i”ll take care of Hari. You go rest for some time, i’ll keep an eye on him! Don’t worry about being late, i’ll take care of his food!
Add to this, the joys of meeting friends and family, lunches and dinners over extended conversations with the people who love me and whom I love. Ofcourse this means I have piled on a few extra kilos both due to the food and the contentment that goes along with it, but who cares?
I have also been on a cooking sabbatical of sorts, savouring my mother’s cooking, except for a vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream icing that I made for a party at home. So, my conscience had just started to prick me and my hands were itching to make something healthy which everybody could enjoy without any accompanying guilt and I could munch into without feeling heavy after all the extreme indulgences I had been subjecting myself to.
Then my sister arrived one day and surprised us all and we three siblings were together after such a long time! These crackers made with wholegrain were just the right thing for me to do. Made with healthy nutritious flours and sesame seeds, these guilt free crackers are easy to do and can be made in different ways to suit your tastes and sensibilities by varying the flours and the oils used.
You could use sesame oil with sesame seeds, skip the seeds altogether or use other seeds and use different flour variations or make it with plain flour. Add spices like carom or cumin. These are just a few ideas to get you started and come up with a creation that is uniquely yours.
Serve them with cheese or with your favourite nut butters or bite into them as is as a snack. This is also a delicious and wholesome treat. And yes, this comes certified by my fussy and picky 3 year old!
Multigrain Crackers Recipe
You can use different kinds of whole grain flours of your choice. For a gluten free version substitute the whole wheat flour with rice flour and use warm water instead of room temperature water while making the dough.
105 gm (3/4 cup) whole wheat flour
70 gm (1/2 cup) sorghum (jowar) flour
35 gm (1/4 cup) finger millet (nachni or ragi) flour
3/4 tsp salt
65 gm (1/2 cup) sesame seeds (lightly toasted)
6 tbsp olive oil
180 ml (1/2 cup +2 tbsp) water
In a large bowl, put in all the flours, salt and sesame seeds. Stir in the olive oil and mix well.
Put in the water, little by little and make a dough by kneading the water into the flour. Use a little more or less water depending on the water absorption capacity of the flours.
Allow the dough to rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
Heat the oven at 175C/350F
Divide the dough into two halves. Roll the dough into a six“ large circle. Cut into squares, triangles or rounds using a cookie cutter.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the centre rack of your oven. (If you want it very crisp, bake for an additional 5 minutes).
Makes about 45 to 50 crackers.