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Friday, November 2, 2012

         When we make the sweet maida biscuits, we make this spicy version too. I like always the spicy version. In between may be to change the taste I take one or two sweet oneWinking. My mom makes this mostly like this with ginger, garlic and red chillies. Very rarely she makes the simple version with only chilli powder or salt. This is very flavourful. Perfect to munch on teatime!


Spicy diamond cuts recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 6 cups


Maida/all purpose flour - 2 cups

Red chilli - 5

Ginger - 1/2 inch piece

Garlic - 4 cloves

Ajwain (omam) - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Salt - 1 & 1/4 tsp (adjust as per ur taste)

Oil - for deep frying


  1. Grind peeled ginger and garlic,redchillies with enough water, until smooth.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, salt and ajwain and pour this ground chilli mix. Add 1 tblsp oil and enough water to mix to a stiff dough. Keep aside for at least 1/2 hour.
  3. Again knead the dough after setting time and divide to equal balls.
  4. Roll into thin chapati and cut first into strips and then diagonally to make diamonds using a knife/pizza cutter.
  5. Use a thin spatula to take out the diamond cuts from the rolling board. Don't worry if it gets together. When you drop in oil, it will separate. But be gentle when you gather, while dropping.
  6. Deep fry in hot oil with medium flame and keep turning constantly for even cooking. When it is golden in colour and the bubbles and sounds ceases, drain it in paper towel.


  • Ajwain and the ginger garlic paste adds a very nice aroma. The next day it works the best.
  • If you feel 5 chilli is too much for you, you can reduce to 3 or 4.
  • I would recommend not to skip ajwain/omam as that adds a great flavour in this. In case you dont have, you can add sesame seeds, but my choice is ajwain.
  • you can use readymade ginger garlic paste and red chilli powder too.
  • The dough have to be stiff and rested for atleast 1/2 hour. The more you rest the dough, the easy the rolling will be.

Cool down and store in an airtight container. The next day the flavour bursts the best. Enjoy as a tea time snack. I had with my favourite Ginger cardamom tea

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  1. my favourite..Raji nice presentation

  2. Love it! Thankyou for the recipie!

  3. Love your spicy version..looks yumm..sure great with some tea..

  4. Perfectly puffed spicy biscuits, love it!!!
    Diwali Special recipe - Peanut Pakoda

  5. We used to make this for tea time in my Grand Mom's place and we call it Kala Kala. Nicely done !!

  6. These diamond cuts are even favorite for me during my childhood...looks nice n yumm..love the chatpata version

  7. Interesting recipe Raji..looks crunchy n perfect with acup of tea!

  8. I love this kara biscuit. Amma used to make it with wheat sometimes. Very nostalgic.

  9. i use to do this with wheat :) its been long time :) perfect for tea time

  10. My mom use to prepare this during my childhood days...

  11. My grandmother used to make this, both sweet and spicy versions in Tuticorin. I tried making but they did not come out crispy, it puffed up and was soft. How do you ensure it comes out crispy?

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  13. loved your spicy version with ginger garlic

  14. By cooking in medium flame with constant turning, fry until the colour changes golden and u hear a crisp sound while turning with the ladle. You will feel it light and crisp. The bubbles would have completely stopped and the 'shhhh' sound as well.
    The Key is to fry more time in medium flame until it gets crisp.
    Dough should also be stiff.

  15. Crispy beauties, with a cup of coffee these biscuits suits prefectly for my evening snacks.

  16. Nice spicy treat with a cup of tea in this cold evening

  17. Lovely. i love this. my mom makes with wheat flour :)

  18. wow..my favorite...my mom make this but add ginger-garlic is new ....looks awesome n wonderful clicks too..

  19. Love these maida biscuits...Remember those days where my mom used to ask some help is cutting these ones..

  20. They tasted super yum when u packed it and gave for for me.My daughter enjoyed a lot.Beautiful clicks and well explained

  21. Loved this version,crispy and yummy.

  22. Dear Rajeswari,
    You are doing incredible job ,dear..5 years in blogging is something big..Appreciate u ..pls visit my space

  23. a perfect tea time snack, looks perfect raji :)
    grinding is part is new to me.

  24. We call this Khara Shankarpali. They look spicy and delicious!

  25. My aunt makes both teh spicy and sweet version. would love to grab some from the plate here. perfect raji.

  26. Raji I made the spicy diamond cuts today and it was super.Tried the sweet version(day before yesterday) also and it was also too good.

  27. Hi Raji,I tried this and i got the smell of the maida after frying.. dont know what mistake i made !! am still wondering.. any idea ??

  28. Hi Raji,I tried this and i got the smell of the maida after frying.. dont know what mistake i made !! am still wondering.. any idea ??

  29. Hi Divya,
    Did you add Ajwain/ omam ? Because, if you add that, along with the ginger garlic we use, there is no chance of getting the raw smell at all! Ajwain takes a day to get incorporated to smell good. Hope this helps.

  30. Tried this today and came out so good...my little one loved it....thanks for the recipe

  31. hi raji, remember this my patti makes it and amma too, esp, they mix it with mixture both sweet and karam version , thts tooo good, nice flash back....gud memories...will do it ...

  32. Hi Raji,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes! I tried this today and it was good!
    I have tried lots of recipes from your site but this is the first time I am leaving a comment. I love your blog and you are doing an excellent job!
    Thanks again...

  33. hyy..i tried dis recipe
    bt biscuits became soo hard aftr 2-3 days
    i dnt undrstnd whre i went wrong :(

  34. Thank you for this great recipe. I made this and it came out wonderful! Perfect ta-time snack that was an instant hit with my son :)

  35. Thanks for the recipe. I tried it and it came out very well :)

  36. Thank you for the awesome receipe... : )
    Actualy i don't know how how to prepare this,i searched in every site for simplest method & tasty too.Finally i got it from Rak's kitchen itself ..:) :)

  37. Hi Raks kitchen, I tried this today. It came out very well for about 3 or 4 batches. After that it started to burst. What went wrong? Could you please tell me pls

    1. Oh!! Hearing for the first time. Was the bits too thick and soggy?


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