by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health.
It may seem like vegan-friendly snacks are hard to come by. But this crispy snack has been around since way back when it was first used as a solution by the Jain community to avoid wasting leftover rotis - they were dry-roasted to remove all the moisture so that it could be kept for the next day with all its freshness. This thin bread would be served with tea, yoghurt or on its own. Now, there are countless types of khakhra out there in the market – from methi to jeera and panipuri (Yep, this one exists), we have all sorts of flavours at our disposal.
Let me add in here that Khakhra is low in calories, having a mere 43 calories per whole-wheat serving. It is made from marvellous ingredients like wheat flour, salt and spices that are mixed with oil and water to form a dough. This dough is flattened into a round disk that is placed in a wooden press and roasted on low heat (chef's kisses). It is a healthy alternative to many of the carb-heavy options out there. Enjoy this Gujarati dish with a plot twist for your Holi celebrations!
We have some fantastic ways for you to use khakhra for your meals, snacks and everything in between:
1. Pizza Khakhra
Whip up a cheesy pizza khakhra for a thrilling bite! Your kids will not be able to resist this colourful snack- you can sneak all the health benefits of wholesome khakhra by packing it for their lunches!
To make this fun recipe, you may use whole wheat khakhra. Put some butter in a pan and sauté onions, capsicum and other vegetables of your choice till cooked. Add tomatoes, garlic, cumin and oregano. Salt to taste. Once all your elements are properly cooked and seasoned, take your khakhra and layer some shredded cheese on top. Place your veggie mix for a delicious finish.
2. Khakhra Chaat
This is an enticing way to take an old favourite and embellish it with new tricks. As Indians, it is almost as though we have chaat flowing through our veins. Try this nostalgic idea!
Take plain khakhra and spread some homemade green chutney and tamarind chutney on it. Ensure that it is spread evenly. Mix your preferred vegetables like boiled potato, tomato, diced onion and even some nuts. Put the mixture on the khakhra and spice it up with jeera powder, red chili powder and chaat masala. Last but not least comes the coriander leaves and sev. Sprinkle some lime to garnish and there you have it!
This traditional desi dish is usually made with regular rotis but why not step out of our comfort zone? Use khakhra to make chivda to combat those evening cravings.
Using a pan, heat up some oil and put in mustard seeds. Once they burst, throw in some chana dal, peanuts and cashew nuts. Cook until lightly browned. Mix in some turmeric powder and chili powder and cook for a few seconds on medium heat. Next, break your khakhra into pieces and add it to the pan. Stir this for 1 min on medium heat. Add salt to taste and take it off the flame. Finally, sprinkle some sev and voila!
4. Khakhra With Coleslaw
Make a DIY coleslaw that is sure to be refreshing and rewarding. Khakhra provides a great alternative to the normal, damaging chips we usually find. Pairing it with coleslaw may plenty surprise you.
Any good coleslaw starts with shredded veggies. Shred some cabbage, carrots, cucumbers and celery. Keep this aside. In a separate bowl, Combine some mayonnaise with apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard. Season it as you like and enjoy with your bite-sized khakhra!
5. Papad Choori
When you are just not in the mood to put in too much effort, papad choori may act as your go-to for a quick and simple snack.
You may use a large salad bowl to toss together some crushed-up khakhra and papad. Accentuate the flavours with your choice of spices like chili powder, jeera powder and some salt. Top it up with ghee and you can savour your creation!
Cooking has no bounds when it comes to creativity. These recipes combine traditional snacks with modern concepts to create the perfect fusion of taste. It is ideal for when you or the ones you love are in the mood for something a little bit different. We at Cora, always venture towards making a healthier lifestyle, especially during the festive season.
Have a healthy and happy Holi, everyone!