July 13th, 2012

Multigrain Crackers

Multigrain Crackers

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?

Photo: Seemantini Mihir

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.

Photo: Seemantini Mihir

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.

 Ingredients:

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

 Method:

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.

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  1. Aditya says:

    Excellent! These crackers look finger licking good! :)

    Keep up the excellent work! :)

  2. Nandita says:

    These crackers look so good!!! Like so many of your recipes, I am book marking this one as well :)

  3. sheenu says:

    Dats healthy snacks for kids … will surely try ….

  4. Mallika says:

    Healthy, nutritious and delicious crackers certainly look divine. Beautiful!

  5. Gauri says:

    Love these crackers, I make similar ones and are a hit at home :) looks like it need to make some more soon!

  6. Bhavana says:

    Hey Anu?

    Can we use Flax seeds as well?

  7. good one ! enjoy all the time with your loved ones !

  8. Madhavi says:

    Never had I replicated any recipe this fast. The second batch is baking in the oven. Used Bajra instead of Jowar and added carom seeds and freshly ground pepper. Thanks for sharing! Since I was making for my 7 Yr old used ghee :)

  9. Lovely photos… I make crackers often and these look really good!

  10. Rekha says:

    Looks yummy!Should try it ASAP.

  11. Anushruti says:

    Sheenu: Would love to hear some feedback from you about it.
    Bhavana: Yes you can use lightly roasted flax seed or flax seed powder.
    Madhavi: That’s awesome! Your choice of flour and spice mix is very interesting and I’m sure it would have tasted delicious.
    Rekha: Hope you like it.

  12. Amruta says:

    Hey Anushruti !

    I am a regular reader of your blog but this is the first time I am commenting (not proud of this actually :( ) I love your blog and between me and my sister we have tried almost all of your cake recipes, and without a doubt they have turned out perfect! I really appreciate the fact that you are so generous with the recipes you develop and share them with your blog audience. The time and effort you put into each step of the blogging process, right from coming up with a recipe idea to photographing and food styling is indeed remarkable. There are very few blogs which focus on healthful and sattvik recipes and yours , I would say is amongst the best. The above recipe for multigrain crackers is one such recipe. Snacking on something so easy to make at home is a zillion times healthier than any store bought snack loaded with preservatives.

    Thank you for all the wonderful and elegant recipes. Keep them coming !

  13. pri says:

    A tasty treat which is healthy as well! Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Arch says:

    I’ve been wanting to make something different with the ragi flour I have. This is such a great idea. I made you mango cheesecake for my husband’s birthday, it turned out so good – thanks for that awesome recipe !

  15. Anna Trivedi says:

    These look great – sesame seeds are so nutritious too! Ahhh.. I am longing for the day when my house is a little quieter. Mothering is a 24/7 job, but sometimes a little time for ourselves is nice too ;)

  16. Sanjeeta kk says:

    This recipe reminds me of making shakarparas with mom in my school days..we used to deep fry them instead of baking. Your version looks so mush more healthy and yum.
    Thanks for your good wishes Anu!

  17. Anushruti says:

    Amruta: Thank you for your kind words. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  18. vid says:

    I love your blog!, Discovered a couple of months ago, have tried out a lot of your recipes and they’ve all turned out pretty good! I got my first un-pasty un-break cakes following your recipes.
    I even made a meal for my friends based on your recipes, and it turned out pretty good.
    And the photos are awesome too.

  19. Mona says:

    Hi Anu,

    I tried these crackers yesterday, and My 3yr old son loved it with peanut butter.
    I have been trying to cook nutritious and healthier food for my family and these crackers are perfect to gorge on.

    Thanks much!!

  20. Rekha Kakkar says:

    I know what you mean by No Worries…It’s always so good to see the love and chemistry our parents share with their grand children.

    Mix of flour looks interesting I generally do wheat and sesame crackers, going to try mix flours next time I am baking!

  21. Vasumathy says:

    Eagerly expecting your janmashtami post. :)

  22. Rosa says:

    Lovely crackers! I bet they taste wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  23. Anushruti says:

    vid: How nice to hear that! I’m glad I have been able to be of some help to you. Please feel free to get in touch in case you have any doubts.

  24. Anushruti says:

    mona: I’m so happy your 3 year old loved it too. You are right..these are perfect to gorge on!

  25. Anushruti says:

    Rekha: Hope you enjoy experimenting with this mix of flours and get your own version out of it.

  26. Anushruti says:

    Vasumathy: I must apologize to you for not having a janmashtami post this year. Although I did cook a feast, I was so engrossed with other activities that I couldnt take pictures. Ihad no idea that someone would be interested in it. Will surely keep this in mind the next year. Thanks for your interest.

  27. vidya says:

    A quick question Anushruti: How long will these crackers keep? I want to make these (substituting bajra for ragi) and send them for 2 year old nephew across the atlantic.
    Would you recommend tha

  28. Anushruti says:

    vidya:They would keep for a couple of weeks in an air tight container.

  29. vidya says:

    Thanks it came up pretty good, i made one batch with Bajra in place of Ragi and another with ragi ( in place of ragi :P ) :)

  30. vidya says:

    Thanks it came up pretty good, i made one batch with Bajra in place of Ragi and another with ragi ( in place of ragi :P ) :)

  31. Tejal Sharma says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    I made these crackers for my dad….as he is diabetic he is not allowed to have biscuits with refined flour ….and he is very fond of them….when I saw ur blog ….I instantly collected the ingredients and baked them…..it came out perfectly well and my dad loved them ….he has told me to make some more now….I am so happy to bake for him again…..all thanks to u….hope to see more such recipes which a diabetic patient can have.Thanks A LOT!!!

  32. Anushruti says:

    Tejal: I’m so pleased to hear that! You can also try making this with different flours for your dad. I just made a batch with whole wheat flour and cumin (skipped the sesame too). They taste wonderful!

  33. Neeta says:

    Hi,
    I am on weight reduction and always looking for easy to make wholesome low cal recipes.tried this one and loved it.Just one question.You said you used whole wheat flour and cummin in above comment.Did you mean you skipped ragi and jowar altogether?and also how much cummin did you use?same as til seeds or lesser quantity?

  34. Kirthi says:

    Hi,

    new to your blog… looks wonderful! I tried this recipe but am confused with the measurement of the flours… I used 3/4 cup wheat flour and the rest 1/2 and 1/4 cup but when I mixed the oil the texture was more sticky it was like a halwa already I had to add more flour… can you help me!

  35. Divya says:

    I loved this recipe…as one of the earlier comments ..I too made it for my mom as she is diabetic! This is one cookie/cracker that she can indulge in! Thanks for this one!

  36. Neha says:

    Hi Anushruti,
    Could you please suggest a good olive oil brand?

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