Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Baked nippat (Sweet and Salty Onion Crackers)

After too many chocolatty and sweet desserts, i thought i would try some snack this week, "Baked Nippat". This is a known snack in all the South Indian bakeries. Its an all time favourite snack for most of the south indians. It tastes both sweet and salty with the presence of onion which gives a distinct sweetness and a touch of sesame gives a lovely crunchy and nutty flavour.

In India, the dough used to make "nippat" is usually deep fried in oil, but here i'm presenting you with the healthy baked version which tastes as good as the deep fried. Its a great snack to be taken along with your evening coffee. Its a must try recipe..

So here goes the recipe..


250 gms( 2 cups) All purpose flour(maida)
50 ml(a little less than 1/4 cup) Water
5 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Salt
50 ml Oil
50 gm Butter
2 Onions[big, finely chopped]
3 green chillies ,finely chopped
few coriander leaves ,chopped (optional)
2 tsp White sesame seeds and a little more for sprinkling on top


Mix in all the ingredients in a large bowl either by your hands or using a stand mixer with the dough attachment. Add water little by little and keep mixing the ingredients with your hands till you get a soft and pliable dough.

Rest the dough covered with a cloth for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 160 deg C. And line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.

Divide the dough in equal portions of a tablespoon and a little more. Flatten each divided portion in between your hands and arrange them on the baking sheet.[Or you can even flatten them by placing them directly on the baking sheet and pressing them with your fingers.]
To get a very crisp and crunchy nippat, flatten the dough very thin and bake till the onions have turned brown in colour.

Sprinkle some White sesame on the flattened dough and press lightly.

Bake in a preheated 160 deg C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or till the nippats turn slightly pink in colour.

Remove and cool completely.

Storage: You can store these nippat in an air tight container for upto a week..

Enjoy with a cup of coffee!!


Kitchen Flavours said...

Simple and spicy. Looks yum.

Jo said...

I've never had this before but they sure do look delicious.

Red Chillies said...

Thank you very much for the recipe Ramya. I have tried this and it has come out very well. Good one!

Usha said...

This savory cookie looks very tempting and delicious !

Madhuram said...

Ramya, I came here from RC's page. Tried these cookies today and they were awesome. This is definitely going to be a regular in my place. Thank you very much.

Madhumathi said...

Hi first time here ..I tried these crackers today.It was superb and I got addicted to it.I came here through Madhuram's post and also found your link at RC's blog.Your recipes rocks!There is so much to learn from you.Thanks a ton for sharing :)

~Vandya~ said...

I once had these in my friend's house. She bought it from a bakery. After that i simply forgot to either buy it or to look out for the recipe. THis morning when i saw this on your blog,i jumped with joy. I'm going to make this this evening.

Bharti said...

I made a version of these...thanks for posting this recipe!

Lava said...

I tried baking this nipattu as soon as i finished reading, and i must say it was Simply great. I will do more over the weekend i guess... Thanks for the receipe :-)

priya said...

Just made them.Thanks for the wonderful recipe

RM said...

thanks for the recipe. We posted a pic of them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/deapesh/3579604644/

Olasz said...

Oh, these are lovely! Make them, eat them, post them ;) http://przyduzymstole.blogspot.com/2009/09/kruche-ciastka-cebulowe-indyjskie.html

Archana said...

Came out melt-in-your-mouth awesome tasting. Though I doubt with all the oil and butter that goes into the recipe, it is really healthy!

Not that I am complaining.... :-D. Am enjoying one as I type this.. yummmmm!

Namitha Menon said...

Hi Ramya,
Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe. Made it yesterday and it came out really well. Not as brown as your picture though.

- namitha

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