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Healthy Vegetarian Foods

Sakar Pada (Savoury Crackers)

In my venture with the SASKO team to create healthy vegetarian dishes using SASKO products, I took this traditional Gujarati snack and turned into a wonderful healthy and nutritious snack. Traditionally, this would be made with white cake flour and lots of ghee and then deep fried, and like I always do with tried and tested traditional recipes-I tweaked it, reduced the fat content, baked it instead of frying and still managed to retain all of the traditional taste and flavour.  These little morsels are packed with flavour and they can be made and stored in an air tight container for weeks. to be served with cocktails, be snacked on while watching TV or when the hunger pangs attack and dinner is not yet ready–anytime, anywhere they are a wonderful tasty, healthy treat.

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Sakar Pada/ Savoury Crackers

125ml Sasko Brown Bread Flour

60ml (chana flour) chick pea flour

60ml rice flour

7ml salt

5ml crushed cumin seeds

5ml crushed sesame seeds

2ml turmeric powder

2ml chilli powder or fine black pepper (optional)

60ml melted butter or oil

30ml finely chopped coriander (optional)

50ml cold water (approximate)

15ml lemon juice mixed with the water

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  1. Place flours in a large mixing bowl and using a fork mix till well combined, add salt, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, turmeric powder and chilli powder or pepper, mix again
  2. Pour the melted butter or oil over the flour and using your finger tips mix thoroughly
  3. If using fresh coriander leaves, stir them into the flour mixture now
  4. Mix the lemon juice and water in jug and slowly pour over the flour mixture, and using your hands mix thoroughly
  5. Knead to form a stiff dough while kneading the dough, if necessary you can use a bit of rice flour to ensure the dough is stiff
  6. Roll the dough out quite thinly and use a biscuit cutter to cut into shapes or use a knife to cut into mini discs
  7. Allow the discs/puri to dry on a tray for about 2 hours before baking in a preheated oven at 180 for 20-25 minutes  allow to cool before storing in an airtight container
  8. Serve as snacks with drinks or as an accompaniment with a meal


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Comments: 7

  • 28/03/2013

    These look wonderfully healthy Usha. I’m relieved to say that for once I actually have all the ingredients listed in my cupboard so no excuses not to make these. Thanks for sharing and well done on your collaboration with SASKO 🙂

    • 07/04/2013

      thanks Tami–let me know what you think if you do make them

  • 29/03/2013

    I’m hoping to make some crackers this weekend 🙂

    • 07/04/2013

      If you do try these — let me know how they turn out

  • 31/03/2013

    I am sure these are very tasty! Hope you are keeping well Usha.

    • 07/04/2013

      Yes thanks Sue keeping well–just got back from a week long holiday in Mauritius. Saw your roasted tomato recipe–hope to try this week

  • Alysha Holtzlander


    Commercial products, marketed especially towards vegetarians and labeled as such, are available in most countries world wide, in varying amounts and quality. As example, in Australia, various vegetarian products are available in most of supermarket chains and a vegetarian shopping guide is provided by Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland.;^“

    My very own webpage

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