Choosing a healthy between-meal snack can be quite a daunting task. The popular options are usually deep-fried or sweet. I usually grab a few cream biscuits(me and my forever famished sweet tooth… sigh!) or end up making a “chaat” involving deep-fried savory crackers along with a hosts of sweet spicy chutneys.
So, when I initially tried the baked version of these crunchy appetizing chips, I was taken aback. The little scoops tasted sooo great and the flavors sooo full, and what’s more???… with varied options to dip them in… I didn’t get bored!
Creamy herb Cheese, Flavorful hummus, Tangy tomato salsa or the piquant simply ambrosial Mango salsa (My favorite!) are few of the innumerable options to dip your chip in.
With these little beauties in hand, an entire tex mex platter can be served in no time. It’s always a great crowd pleaser.
I used to make the fried version which is yumm… and would get over in like a day. So, when I embarked on the baked path, it was with much caution. The outcome was so awesome, I have made several batches since. And?? Yeah.. they get over soon too. 🙂
Fresh maize flour and all-purpose flour, seasoned with crushed oregano and chili flakes is all that you need to make these crunchy snacky bites.
- 1 cup maize flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour/maida
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- salt to taste
- 2 blobs of butter
- luke warm water to knead
Sieve the maize flour and all-purpose flour. Throw in the oregano, chili flakes, salt and butter. rub the butter till it is well incorporated into the flours. Now make a soft pliable dough with the help of some luke warm water. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
Once the dough is ready. Get a flat griddle ready. With the help of some flour, roll out thin rounds, I mean.. really nice and thin rounds… taking care not to tear it. Gently lift the rounds with the help of a spatula, and slightly roast both sides on a hot griddle. Make several tortillas like this. Once you have replenished the dough. Cut the tortillas into triangles/scoops.
Now, you could deep fry the cut wedges or get your oven nice and hot, and bake these little beauties at 150 degree celsius for just about 5-6 minutes. Try to spread the triangles in a neat manner so that they get baked uniformly. Remember they are nice and thin, so they hardly take time to turn dark and burn. So, keep an open eye people.
Once done, let them cool off a bit and then store them in an air tight container. It would stay good up to 3-4 days, I never get a chance to judge because I make very small batches and they get over in a day or two.
Just a few things to take note of:
- Maize flour is not easy to roll out, the tortillas keep breaking, hence you might have to adjust the quantity of all-purpose flour to suit your skill.
- You could skip the added flavors of oregano and chili flakes to make plain simple chips.
- Butter is essential, as it makes the chips soft yet crunchy… you know what I mean.
- If you get tired of rolling out the dough, make a few and refrigerate the rest of the dough to make another batch later.