nippattu {spicy baked crackers}


Nippattu is a crunchy spicy biscuit which dots every bakery in Bangalore. A perfect accompaniment for a rainy day with a steaming cup of coffee !!


There is no traditional bakery in Bangalore that does not sell these awesome spicy nippattus 🙂 The best of the lot comes from the community of Iyengars ,bakeries are famous all over Bangalore. Traditionally , these nippattus are baked using lot of hydrogenated fat , which now we consider a bad fat. Since lots of hydrogenated fat is used to make these , they almost taste like fried and the texture is very crisp. No doubt it tastes yummy and smells divine. So taking health into consideration and our taste buds as well, I baked these which almost tastes the same minus the hydrogenated fat 😀

These baked ones are equally crisp and need to baked to perfection. Else you will end up with an undercooked and chewy one or charred over baked one.Each oven is different and while baking you need to keep a check on it.

Makes about 25 medium ones

  • 1 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Semolina
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 3 tablespoons Melted Ghee/Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Roasted Peanuts (skin removed and split) {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required to form soft dough

Mince together (do not grind but mince in a food processor or chop them finely)

  • 1 big Onion
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • Coriander Leaves a handful
  • 15 Curry Leaves


  • Pre heat your oven to 200c.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
  • Add water little by little to form a soft dough.
  • Set it aside for 30 mins.
  • Grease your palms with some oil/ghee.
  • On a greased board place a piece of dough and flatten it with equal pressure.
  • Do not make them too thin(while it will burn quicly) nor make it too thick (if will not cook from inside).
  • On a baking tray, place a baking sheet and grease it.
  • Arrange all of the flattened pieces .
  • Prick them with a fork at several places and bake them at 200 c until crisp.
  • Once they are done , remove them from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
  • Store them in an airtight container and enjoy a few with steaming cup of coffee.


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