Baked Farsi Puri/ Mathri

June 16, 2014mayurisjikoni
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RECIPE: BAKED FARSI PURI/ MATHRI

What is Baked Farsi Puri/ Mathri

Farsi Puri / Mathri is a delicious fried snack that is popular in most parts of the Indian Sub Continent. Generally made from all purpose flour with spices or use salt, its usually served with tea or coffee. Farsi Puri is the Gujarati name for Mathri. The name Mathri is generally used in North India. Comparatively, farsi puri is much thinner than mathri. However, the preparation method is nearly the same. Some add just carom seeds (ajwain) and salt. Some add coarse pepper and salt. Every home has its own version of this delightful snack. Personally, I love both, the thicker mathri and the thinner farsi puri. Its my all time favorite snack. My recipe is all about making a healthier version of the yummy fried farsi puri by baking them.

My version of Baked Farsi Puri/ Mathri

As I mentioned above, how do I make my all time favorite Farsi Puri into a healthier snack? Simply bake them. Must admit, I tried several times till I got the perfect crispiness and crunch without adding butter. Its after two trial runs I realized that the baked farsi puri/ mathri is actually like making crackers. I like to add several spices to make the healthy snack more tasty and  appealing. It doesn’t mean that occasionally I don’t enjoy the fried version – I do. I love the buttery taste but frankly you cannot enjoy more than a couple as its not too friendly on the waist. Did I mention that I don’t use all purpose flour or plain flour at all for the baked version? Yes, its all wheat flour, the one we normally use for roti, paratha and a bit of semolina.

 

Updated on 30/10/2020

My first snack for the Diwali season is ready and I know for sure its not going to last too long. Hubby, takes out 4-6 from the jar to have with his afternoon tea and tells me ‘but I can have more, as they are not fried!’ Diwali 2020 is going to be so different. Number of people suffering from Covid 19 has increased dramatically in Kenya and everyone hopefully will be on their guard and not hold gatherings. As for hubby and myself, we are not socializing with anyone, don’t even plan on inviting close friends for meals over this time. Therefore, Diwali Cooking this year is going to be limited.

 

THE GROUP FOODIES _ REDOING OLD POSTS

The group Foodies _ Redoing Old Posts, allows me to redo my old post, of which I have a large number. Breathing new life into them with new photos and better write up is what I like.  Its a bi monthly group, where members redo old posts and share on Facebook. That way we are able to get some bloggers’ love towards our forgotten posts. It’s Renu’s idea to re-do old posts as a group. Renu blogs at Cook With Renu. For this baked farsi puri/ mathri recipe, the only change I’ve made is adding KASURI METHI, this time round. The rest of the recipe remains the same.

 

More Diwali Savory Snacks:

The whole idea of a baked farsi puri/ mathri came about from Shweta’s blog, Merry Tummy way back in 2014. Check out her version of Baked Mathri.

Try my mum’s Flaky Farsi Purirecipe, extra flaky and so delicious.

Fried version of Masala Farsi Puri

Baked Sakarpara, a wee little healthier than fried ones

Rice Flour Chakri, so crunchy and perfect for Diwali

I love snacking on Besan ke Namkeen Sev which we normally call tikhi sev. Check out the recipe on Renu’s blog by clicking on the link.

Ingredients Required For Baked Farsi Puri/ Mathri

Wheat Flour – the one we use for rotis, parathas.

Semolina – sooji, fine or normal. Any that you have in your pantry

Green Chilli Paste – optional. Fresh green chilis minced

Ginger Paste – fresh ginger minced

Carom Seeds – ajmo, ajwain

Salt – as per your taste

Oil – any of your choice, I’ve used sunflower seed oil for the dough and little for brushing on the baking trays

Sesame Seeds – can use either white or black

Cumin Seeds – jeera, jiru

Turmeric Powder – haldi, hardar

Kasuri Methi – dried fenugreek, optional. Can replace with fresh chopped coriander

Water – to bind the mixture into a dough

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
  • Diabetic Friendly Food
  • Kids Friendly Food

 

BAKED FARSI PURI/ MATHRI

mayurisjikoni
Baked Farsi Puri/ Mathri is a healthy way to enjoy the famous Indian fried Snack. Spicy, crispy and a gult free snack.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course edible gift, Snack
Cuisine Gujarati

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups wheat flour atta
  • ¼ cup semolina
  • ¼ tsp ajwain
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ¾ -1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste optional
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ - ⅔ cup water
  • 1 pinch soda bicarbonate/ baking soda
  • 1-2 tsp kasuri methi optional
  • extra oil for brushing the baking trays

Instructions
 

  • Mix flour and semolina in a mixing bowl.
  • Add salt, cumin, sesame seeds, ajwain, green chilli, ginger pastes, kasuri methi, turmeric powder and soda bicarbonate. Mix well.
  • Add oil and rub into the flour.
  • Add water and form a dough which is not hard or too soft.
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth or a lid and allow it to rest for 10 -15 mins.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Divide the dough into 40 -45 parts. Roll them into balls.
  • Roll out each ball into a small circle which is about 2 inches in diameter or thin. Thick ones will not become crispy.
  • Place on the prepared baking tray. Make small cuts over the rolled out circle with a knife or prick with a fork.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Take the tray out and flip the farsi puri over.
  • Bake further for another 3-4 minutes or till the farsi puri appears light golden brown in colour.
  • Take the puris out of the oven. Allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight contianer or jar.

Notes

  • Adjust spices according to your taste
  • Make plain ones by adding only ajwain, pepper powder and cumin seeds.
  • Make sure to roll the puris out thin. Thick ones will not bake to crispiness.
  • I tried rolling out one big circle and cutting the puris out with a cutter to save time. However, I found that the puris didn't have equal thickness. This made baking them a bit more difficult. 
Keyword farsi puri

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32 Comments

  • Shweta Agrawal

    June 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my my they look so amazingly crispy and crunchy. Love the idea of using ginger and green chili paste.

  • Beulah Arun

    June 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for linking it to Favorite Recipes event!

  • Gayathri Kumar

    June 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    The baked version sounds so healthy. Love to munch a few..

    1. Lata Lala

      November 4, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      5 stars
      Baked farsi poori look so amazingly crispy and crunchy and baked to the perfection. I loved the idea of using ginger and green chili paste in making this recipe.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        November 4, 2020 at 10:50 pm

        Thank you so much Lata.

  • Preetha Soumyan

    June 22, 2014 at 11:42 am

    wow.. i have had these many times , but never thought of baking these.. thanks for linking

  • Vandana

    November 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    They look so crispy and delicious. Best part is that they are baked not fried. Saving your recipe to try this diwali.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 2, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana. Please share a photo when you bake them.

  • Sandhya Nadkarni

    November 5, 2020 at 2:10 am

    5 stars
    Mayuri,
    This farsi puri looks so crispy and yummy. And being baked means guilt free snacking! Great share. I have not used kasuri methi in farsi puri. Great idea. Will try it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 5, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much, do try kasuri methi in farsi puri or mathri. It tastes really good.

      1. Jayashree

        November 13, 2020 at 4:05 am

        5 stars
        Love Farsi Puri and it’s so good to have this baked version. Guilt free snack looks absolutely delicious. Must try.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        November 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

        Thank you so much Jayashree. Please do try the recipe.

  • Poonam bachhav

    November 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    5 stars
    Baked whole wheat crackers sound so healthy. I like how you have seasoned them with ginger green chili paste making them a spicy snack which can be had on their own .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 5, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. It takes care of the the salt and teekha craving without reaching out for a fried snack.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    November 6, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    5 stars
    Baked puri, looks very inviting mayurji ! Hats off to your patience, whenever i m doing such bakes, i usually roll them out and cut them into squares, lazy me, cannot cut them into individual shapes !! Love the seasoning with ginger and chili, can imagine that pataka taste!!! Healthy bake!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 6, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    November 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    So beautifully you have made these crunchy munchies guilt free. kasoori methi must be adding a nice aroma in these mathri. this is a great idea ! wanna have with a hot cup of tea in evening 😉

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 8, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. With the spices, it makes a lovely crispy snack to munch on.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    November 8, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    5 stars
    Me too have made these Farsi puris once but they were the deep fried and now I am sure to try them again in oven seeing your version. Baking makes them more healthy. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 9, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you, baked ones are healthier. I make both.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    November 11, 2020 at 2:58 am

    5 stars
    Mayuri, you amaze me each and every time with your recipes. These mathris are so amazing and love the baked version. The ginger and green chilies are perfect for flavoring these mathris.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Kalyani

    November 12, 2020 at 12:51 am

    5 stars
    Have never tasted this but the baked version looks pretty addictive and healthy ! Perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon or a school snack box item

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 16, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, you should try farsi puri, its really delicious.

  • Renu

    November 12, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    5 stars
    I like the addition of sesame seeds here. I do not add that in the mathri, I will try this next time. I like the lovely colour and how crisp it looks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 16, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much Renu. Even when we make the plain ones with salt and pepper, we add sesame seeds.

  • Jolly

    November 12, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    5 stars
    This baked version of Farsi puri looks absolutely delicious. I love this guilt free snack, would love to eat with pickle anytime. Your recipe slightly different from mine, I never tried with ginger paste. I feel the flavors of it. Perfect for this festive season.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 16, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you Jolly, I tend to add ginger and green chillis as we usually don’t have farsi puri with pickles.

  • Kalyani

    November 21, 2020 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    you are right mayuri – mathris are the indian Crackers, long before the latter term became sylish 🙂 these baked ones look so tempting…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, for me its still farsi puri or mathri but its for the western followers that I use the word crackers.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    November 26, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    One of my favourite savoury Diwali snacks is Farsi puri, especially enjoy with Masala Chai. All these flavourful spices bring such delicious flavours.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much.

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