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Chai time alert! These herby garlic ragi crackers are here to replace those greasy samosas

Why go for calorie-laden bhujiyas when you have healthy garlic ragi crackers for your evening tea sesh! Store a bunch of these in air-tight containers now!
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Even crackers can be loaded with sugar. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Devika Menon Published: 1 Feb 2020, 15:00 pm IST
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If all this while you were associating weight loss with all things bland and boring, here is an eye-opener for you. C’mon ladies, weight loss can surely be a fun and flavourful affair—all you’ve got to do is make some wise dietary choice. How about opting for healthy crackers instead of oil-dripping samosas and bread pakoras?

For instance, if you are habitual of pairing your shaam ki chai with those crunchy rusks and bhujiyas, you can replace those with something more filling yet nutritious. Take a sigh of relief as we won’t suggest something that is lacking in taste. So, yeah, it is going to be a win-win situation for you.

We are talking about herby garlic ragi crackers that are not only crisp to perfection but also stand out to be as perfect healthy tea-time snacks. The goodness of ragi is what makes this delight different from the others.

Ragi is packed with protein and fibre, both of which are quite essential for weight management.

Also, read: When ragi met upma: This is how the wonder grain can make your brekkie healthy

Since these crackers are all garlicky in taste, garlic lovers are sure to binge eat on them. The best part about these bite-sized nibbles is that they are baked, which means they are devoid of excess oil and calorie load. What else do you want from life?

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Healthy crackers and tea are a match made in heaven. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

So let’s get started with its easy-peasy recipe:

60 gms ragi flour
70 gms whole wheat flour
2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp baking powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Water to knead the dough
1 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for topping:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Salt to taste
3 garlic cloves, crushed

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1. Dry-roast the ragi flour in a pan till brown.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together—ragi flour, whole wheat flour, herbs, baking powder, salt and pepper.
3. Add olive oil to it and mix.
4. Add sufficient water to knead the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 C.
6. Now take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a thin roti—about 1/8th inch thick.
8. Poke holes with a fork on the roti to avoid the dough from rising while baking, and cut into squares/rectangles.
9. Bake for eight minutes, till they are brown and crisp. Baking times may vary with the oven being used.
10. Once they are done, allow the crackers to come at room temperature.
11. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, chilli flakes, salt and crushed garlic.
12. Brush this mixture onto the crackers and you’re done.

Stuff these healthy crackers in an air-tight container and savour them as and when you like. If you know of more such healthy yet delectable tea-time snacks recipes, do write to us in the comments below.

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She is a home-baker based in New Delhi. After being the cafe manager at a city-based cafe, she started her own venture in May 2019—Phool Kumari. She loves coming up with new and innovative recipes for her client base.. ...Read More

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