Savory Maida Biscuits – Diamond Cuts

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Maida Biscuits – Diamond Cuts

I have a lot of childhood memories associated with this savory snack. My Ammamma and Amma would prepare Maida Biscuits (the name they go by at home) and store them in large stainless steel containers. Back from school, we would head straight to the pantry, grab a plateful of maida biscuits and savor them like there was no tomorrow. Maida chips, maida biscuits, diamond cuts, maida squares, khara biscuits, whatever the name, they were extremely popular among us kids and friends.

The savory or spicy version was more popular in our household as compared to the sweet version. I shaped into squares instead of diamonds and added sesame seeds which gave a nice flavor to the munchies. Makes for an addictive tea time snack.

Maida Biscuits – Diamond Cuts Recipe

Recipe Source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups maida/plain flour (u can use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup plain flour)

1 1/2 tbsps sesame seeds/til/nuvvulu

1/4 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tsp red chilli pwd or green chilli paste

1 tbsp hot oil or ghee or butter

salt to taste

water as required to prepare dough

oil for deep frying

1 In a wide plate, add the maida, atta, salt, chilli pwd, ghee or oil, sesame seeds and cumin seeds and combine. Knead the dough till smooth and firm. Test the dough for salt before preparing the biscuits.
2 Pinch a large lemon size ball of the dough and roll into slightly thick roti. Use a fork to prick the roti all over. Using a sharp knife, cut the roti length wise about an inch apart. Then cut into 2 inch squares.
3 Heat a wide heavy bottomed vessel with enough oil for deep frying and once the oil is hot, place the cut maida squares one by one into the hot oil, you will find the oil froth up in bubbles. Let the squares/chips fry on high flame till they rise to the surface.
4 Once the chips rise to the surface, turn heat to medium flame and cook the squares till they turn a golden shade. Turn them over gently during the cooking process so that they cook on all sides. Remember the frying has to be done on medium flame to achieve that golden color and crispness. If you reduce flame to low, the chips will absorb a lot of oil, so keep flame on medium to high while frying.
5 Use a slotted ladle to remove onto an absorbent paper and cool. Cool completely before storing in an air tight metallic container.

Note:

There are many variations to prepare maida biscuits. You can replace red chilli pwd with green chilli paste or green chilli-coriander leaves paste. You can add vaamu/ajwain (avoid cumin if adding ajwain and use red chilli pwd).

Savory Maida Biscuits – Diamond Cuts

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 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  maida
  •   flour

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I have a lot of childhood memories associated with this savory snack. My Ammamma and Amma would prepare huge quantities of Maida Biscuits (the name they go by at home) and store them in large containers. Back from school, we would head straight to the pantry and grab a plateful of maida biscuits and savor them like there was no tomorrow. Maida chips, maida biscuits, diamond cuts, maida squares, khara biscuits, whatever the name, they were extremely popular among us kids and friends.

29 thoughts on “Savory Maida Biscuits – Diamond Cuts

  1. Hi, I’m in Scotland and don’t know what maida is. Can I just use regular plain flour or would something else work better?

  2. Dear Sailu:

    Yours Maida biscuits recipe looks great. Looking forward to preparing them very soon.Buying Maida in New York is not a problem at all. I hope all other ingredients which are needed are at home.

    Best Wishes.

    JS

  3. Sailu, I have the same childhood memory as you with this snack ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom would make this and other snacks and we would eat them after school. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m going to try to find time to make it.
    I admire you for the variety in your posts — you seem to do it all — curries, podis, non-veg, baked goods, fried snacks etc. etc. Please keep it up!

  4. Hi…Thanks for the nice post. Try buying the readymade flour tortillas(i tried Mission brand).Just cut them into diamond shapes and fry them till crisp.They r sooo yummy….I loved it…simple and nice snack…

  5. nice recipe sailu..these maida biscuits are very popular at our side also..these were called “mathri” for salted ones and “khurma” for the sweet ones. Love your recipe..adding sesame seeds is new to me.

  6. Dear Sailu,
    All your recipes are really nice. When I want to prepare something, and if it’s there on your site,I am sure that the recipe is going to be tasty.
    When I read your “Savory Maida Biscuits”, I thought that it will be a nice treat in the rainy season, and after going home, I prepared it. I must say, it’s really a great dish. Thank you for such tasty treats.. Keep posting such yummy recipes….

  7. hi
    thanks for information. but i want to make lot of it at one time when we celebrate family functions. can you give me more detail.

    if i use 10 kg of wheat flour what is the ratio of other ingredients. please send details to tmalai562@gmail.com. please reply soon

  8. hi sailu, earlier I also posted a similar type of recipe and we call them namak pare. Use of sesame seeds is new to me. Urs look perfect and crisp.

  9. Hello shailu

    I made the biscuts y’day, but my husband complained that the taste is good, but they are bit hard ani, what could be wrong? plz..help me out.

  10. My mom would make them with some sugar added to the ingredients. They would have a combination of sweet n salt and yes, maida biscuits are very very addictive! No one can eat just one! Your post reminds me of the good taste! thanks!

  11. Sailu,

    Nice post. Always a treat. Just a request. Try to post picture of the dough too, so that we know the consistency and/or how it should look, especially in cakes, cookies etc, if possible. Thanks again..Always a treat to visit your site. Keep up the good work.

  12. sailu thanks for the gr eat recipe. we had a small party today and i made maida biscuits and it was a big hit at the party.

  13. sailu thanks for the gr eat recipe. we had a small party today and i made maida biscuits and it was a big hit at the party.

  14. sailu thanks for the gr eat recipe. we had a small party today and i made maida biscuits and it was a big hit at the party.

  15. sailu thanks for the gr eat recipe. we had a small party today and i made maida biscuits and it was a big hit at the party.

  16. I made them last weekend. They turned out just like yours. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I also made your gutti vankaya recipe with nuvvulu, also turned out very nice.

  17. Hi sailu,
    Your website always fascinates me. Last time I tried egg curry which came out very good. Today il try tthese daimond chips. Thanks once again.

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