Coconut and cumin crackers and announcing the winner of the Blogger Aid cook book!

by Sunita on January 18, 2010

Me and the kids were back on our bikes again today. The snow and ice in our neck of the woods have finally gone to reveal the paths below. Agastya , no, doubt, loves the snow, but he was really pleased to see it go too. And of course he had his own reason;  his new bike! He had outgrown his previous one and we got him a new one . But, the poor guy hasn’t been able to sit on it ever since we bought it, which was quite a while ago.

The new year is already half way through its first month, and I’m trying to get this space in order. I have cooked and baked as usual, just seem to have lost my mojo when it came to posting. But I plan on getting back into action now, and fingers crossed, hope to get back to it pretty soon and with the same vigour.

Now, crackers are something that I make quite often and are quite popular in our household. They are very quick and easy to make and are great as healthy snacks for kids and grown ups alike. Rengoni and Agastya’s faces light up at the very mention of crackers. Sometimes I also serve them with soup as in these feta cheese  crackers.

This time, my crackers had another favourite ingredient- coconut. Dessicated coconut  was added to the dough along with some freshly roasted cumin seeds to add an earthy flavour. I had made these crackers shortly after we moved house.

What’s needed-

10 tblsp of whole wheat flour (atta)
4 tblsp of dessicated coconut + a little extra for topping
1 tsp salt
a pinch of sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of crushed red chillies
1 tblsp of roasted and cooled cumin seeds
3 tblsp of vegetable/ sunflower oil
7 tblsp of low fat natural yogurt
a little milk for brushing the tops

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C. Lightly dust a baking tray with flour and keep aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, coconut, salt, sugar, chillies, cumin seeds and baking powder.
  3. Add the oil and rub in with the fingertips.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the yogurt. Quickly bring everything together to make a craggy dough.
  5. Shape the dough into a rough ball and and roll out to about 5mm in thickness. Cut out 2 inch diameter circles and arrange on the baking tray. Gather the trimmings into a ball and repeat the rolling and cutting till all the dough has been used up. Makes about 26-27 .
  6. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle a little dessicated coconut on top.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or till the tops are nicely browned.
  8. Transfer the crackers to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

The crackers had the bite from the coconuts, the warmth from the cumin and the slight heat from the chillies.

All of these flavours coming together in these small rounds were really loved by us.

Now, coming back to the giveaway. In my third blog anniversary post, I had announced to give away a copy of the Blogger aid cookbook to one lucky reader of Sunita’s World, as a gesture of thanks for all yiur valuable feedback and for helping in make this place what it is. All of you deserve a copy, but at the moment the purse can accomodate just the one. I used the random number generator(random.org) to draw the lucky winner and it is comment number 54, left by Hélène of La cuisine d’ Hélène. Hélène, please email me your postal address at sunitasworld@yahoo.co.uk and the cook book will be on it’s way to you very soon. Hope you enjoy it.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Cooking Ninja January 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

wow! Delicious crackers. When you said cracker, somehow in my brain, I keep thinking Chinese crackers. LOL! I looked at your crackers and said: ‘These aren’t crackers.’ LOL! I had to shake my head to clear of Chinese crackers for your crackers to sink in. LOL!

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2 Rosa January 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Congrats Hélène!

Those crackers must be very flavorful! Wonderfully spicy!

Cheers,

Rosa

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3 superchef January 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

those crackers are soo crispy and i bet the coconut-cumin flavor was awesome!

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4 Sarah, Maison Cupcake January 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

These look lovely, they remind me of the cumin and fennel sable biscuits I made just before Christmas. Great to see you back on Twitter and blogging again!

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5 sowmya January 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm

cookies look so nice and crisp..

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6 Hélène January 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

Your crackers are out of this World. I’d love to taste them.

Thanks so much. I am so happy to be the winner. :)

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7 Sarka January 19, 2010 at 2:48 am

Welcome Sunita, it’s great to have you back! What an interesting combination the coconut and cumin crackers. I should try to make them. Your photos are stunning. They make me want to grab one cracker right from the screen!

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8 Sharmilee January 19, 2010 at 4:17 am

Lovely pics as usual…cumin with coconut tats a unique combo. Thanks for the step by step pics!

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9 Nirmala January 19, 2010 at 5:28 am

Lovely little bites. I bet they will go well with a bowl full of piping hot soup!

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10 Happy Cook January 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

Beautiful crackers and congrats to Helene.
I love my bike too. I go every where withe my bycycle. I go for shopping and then i am loaded like a mule in my cycle.

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11 Priya January 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

Such a beautiful crackers, congrats to the winner..

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12 Sini January 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

those crackers look good..Sunita can you tell me your opinion on using fresh grated coconut instead of desiccated ones…?

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13 notyet100 January 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

crackers look delicious,..

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14 The Gypsy Chef January 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

These look delicious. I’ve been looking for a good cracker recipe and I love cumin and coconut. I will try these tonight!
Pam

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15 Alka January 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

looks delicious! i love cumin.. i tried the other cumin bites you made and came out very well.. congrats to the winner!!

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16 Jeanne @ Cooksister! January 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Ooooh, all the best blogs are blogging home made crackers this year ;-) These look heavenly – I would never have thought of combining cumin with coconut – clever!

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17 Asha@FSK January 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm

You are biking in Winter????? Sunita, you are brave!!!!! Perhaps you had some of your crackers along for warmth?? They look delectable!

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18 Mowie @ Mowielicious January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Great flavour combo, I bet the coconut and cumin goes so well together. Lovely photos too. Missed you hon x

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19 diva January 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Sunita! i’ve missed you so very much!!! these crackers are crackin’ ;) haha. bad pun but oh these do look so delicious. for a second i thought you did an egg wash but oh, milk wash? nice!

also, congrats to Helene! well deserved cookbook. xx

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20 kalva January 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

lovely crackers dear!!

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21 Lakshmi January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Looks lovely..the addition of red chillies to this must have tasted great. Bookmarked…will try this soon.

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22 Nivedita June 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

Hi Sunita

This crackers are a real eye catcher. I tried these crackers today and they came out very good.

I did notice one thing though that the salt measurement is 1 tbsp, are you sure its 1 tbsp. I intentionally added a lil less than 1/2 tbsp and it was salty , so had to add more flour. Is it by any chance 1 tsp and not 1 tbsp.

The crackers are real yum otherwise. As usual your recipes rock.

Thanks
Niv.

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23 Sunita June 23, 2010 at 5:39 am

Nivedita,glad that you liked the recipe. And also for pointing out the error; sorry about that. i have updated the recipe :-)

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