Home made snacks are a common part of traditional Indian food. Thattai or Ota vadai is one of the snacks that is common in our household. For folks who are not familiar with this, you can relate to chakli (murruku) in terms of texture and firmness, but the flavor is slightly different due to the proportions of the underlying ingredients.
2 cups of Rice flour
1/4 cup of urad dhal flour
1/4 tsp of asafoetida
1 tsp of red chilly powder(~spice level)
2 tbsp of butter (@ room temperature)
1 1/2 tbsp of Bengal gram
1 1/2 tbsp of urad dhal
1 tbsp of split peanuts
salt as required
oil for deep frying
1.Soak the Bengal gram dhal and urad dhal for 2 hours. Heat the pan and dry roast the rice flour for 4-5 minutes. Saute for a few minutes and transfer to the plate.
2.Dry roast the urad dhal flour for 2-3 minutes. Sift the rice flour and urad dhal well.
3.Mix all the above ingredients asafoetida, red chilly powder, butter, Bengal gram, urad dhal and peanuts together and add the required amount of water to knead them into the dough.
4.Make the dough a little soft. Heat oil in the kadai.
5.Make a small ball out of the dough. Smear oil on the sheet and pat the dough in to a circle. Transfer gently in to the oil.
6.As they turn light golden brown, turn to the other side. Remove thattai from the oil and place it on the plate. Enjoy with evening tea or filter cofee!