How to Make Crispy Nippattu (Deep-Fried Spicy Rice Crackers)

Updated on October 22, 2019
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I like to cook and eat natural, healthy, and tasty foods. I use minimal oil and don't use artificial colors or preservatives in my cooking.

Nippattu (Deep-Fried Spicy Rice Crackers)
Nippattu (Deep-Fried Spicy Rice Crackers)

A Mouthwatering Evening Snack!

Nippattu are deep-fried spicy rice crackers. They are a popular South Indian festival snack that is prepared with rice flour, fried gram, peanuts, and spices. Spicy, crunchy, and flavorful, they make an awesome evening snack or party appetizer.

Making nippattu is very quick and easy. I was able to make about 20 large crackers in about 45 minutes.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 20 large nippattu

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 3/4 cup fried gram (hurigadale)
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) powder
  • 3 tablespoons hot oil
  • 4 tablespoons fine semolina (sooji), also called as chiroti rave
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maida (all-purpose-flour)
  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds (optional)
  • oil for deep-frying

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add rice flour, semolina, all-purpose flour, red chili powder, salt, asafoetida powder and optional sesame seeds,
  2. In a mixer or blender, add peanuts and fried gram. Pulse 2-3 times for short durations to get a rough mixture.
  3. Add curry leaves to the mixer or blender and pulse once again, so that they get chopped.
  4. Add this mixture to the mixing bowl.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a tempering pan. When the oil becomes smoking hot, pour it into the mixing bowl.
  6. Mix the ingredients with a spoon. If you mix them with your fingers, hot oil might burn your fingers.
  7. Little by little, add water in order to prepare a firm and pliable dough with your fingers. Cover it with a cloth.
  8. Heat oil for deep-frying. Pinch out a lemon-sized portion of the dough. Shape it like a patty. Place the patty in the center of a greased plastic sheet or butter paper.
  9. Pat it with greased fingers until you get neither thick nor thin disc. Make 3 such discs.
  10. When the oil is hot enough for frying, gently slide the discs into the moderately hot oil.
  11. Keep heat medium-high until the discs become a bit crunchy. Afterward, reduce heat to a minimum. Turn them occasionally to ensure uniform frying.
  12. Once they become golden brown and crispy, remove and place them on an absorbent paper towel. Frying each batch takes about 5 minutes.
  13. Repeat the same process with the remaining dough.
  14. Allow them to cool completely.
  15. Enjoy eating them as evening snacks or between-meal snacks. They will keep for over a month when stored in an airtight container.

Picture Tutorial

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add rice flour, all purpose flour, semolina, red chili powder, sesame seeds, asafoetida powder, and salt.
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add rice flour, all purpose flour, semolina, red chili powder, sesame seeds, asafoetida powder, and salt.
Step 2: Add peanuts and fried gram to a mixer or blender. Pulse 2-3 times for short durations to obtain a rough mixture.
Step 2: Add peanuts and fried gram to a mixer or blender. Pulse 2-3 times for short durations to obtain a rough mixture.
Add curry leaves to the mixer or blender and pulse once again.
Add curry leaves to the mixer or blender and pulse once again.
The peanut/fried gram/curry leaf mixture.
The peanut/fried gram/curry leaf mixture.
Add the mixture to the mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of very hot oil.
Add the mixture to the mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of very hot oil.
Step 3: Add water little by little in order to prepare a smooth and firm dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth or plate.
Step 3: Add water little by little in order to prepare a smooth and firm dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth or plate.
Step 4: Pinch out a lemon-sized dough. Shape it like a patty. Place it on a greased plastic sheet. Pat it with greased fingers to get neither thick nor thin discs. Make 3 such discs.
Step 4: Pinch out a lemon-sized dough. Shape it like a patty. Place it on a greased plastic sheet. Pat it with greased fingers to get neither thick nor thin discs. Make 3 such discs.
Step 5: Gently slide them into moderately hot oil. Don't overcrowd them. Once they are firm, turn them to ensure uniform frying. Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning of frying.
Step 5: Gently slide them into moderately hot oil. Don't overcrowd them. Once they are firm, turn them to ensure uniform frying. Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning of frying.
Once they are firm, reduce the heat to a minimum and fry until they become crispy and golden brown.
Once they are firm, reduce the heat to a minimum and fry until they become crispy and golden brown.
Step 6: Remove and place them on an absorbent paper. Yummy nippattu is ready! Repeat the same with the remaining dough. Allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for over a month.
Step 6: Remove and place them on an absorbent paper. Yummy nippattu is ready! Repeat the same with the remaining dough. Allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for over a month.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 70
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

    ShailaSheshadri 

    6 weeks ago from Bengaluru

    Hi Muralikrishna, this week, I am in a mood to make new delicious items for my family. Thanks for your uplifting comments!

  • hmkrishna profile image

    Halemane Muralikrishna 

    6 weeks ago from South India

    Great snacks item Ms Shaila, you are quickly adding on different items. I think if anyone follow you, will have a new variety of item for each meal every day! Hats off to you.

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