Posted on May 16, 2016
Healthy, gluten free , vegan crackers
Who does not like a crunch to relieve the boredom at home or to take a break from hectic desk job to perk up oneself? From kids to adults and elderly (whose teeth are still loyal to them ;)), everyone likes to savour on crackers or chips once in a while. Recently, there has been a growing demand on snack items and munchies. According to a survey in Singapore, 48% of respondents said that a part of their unplanned expenses went into buying snacks!
Well, I thought of this recipe while thinking of providing quick homemade snacks options which my clients can try at home and is gluten free. Reaching out for gluten free snacks helps one to nourish themselves with the goodness of other nutrients present in a plethora of other foods and reap more health benefits. A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that eating foods like jowar can help women avoid gallstones. Another study on Allergy and Asthma in Childhood shows that increasing consumption of whole grains could reduce the risk of childhood asthma by about 50 per cent. And eating millets like jowar six times a week helps postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease.
Jowar is most commonly used as a flour. It’s a good substitute for the whole wheat chapattis that one normally eats. Since jowar makes a very soft dough, its rotis can be difficult to roll out and needed to be patted into shape. Jowar grains can also be steamed and used in salads (delicious), substituted for rice in a pulao (yummy) and even popped like popcorn! In this recipe we have made a gluten free blend of jowar and cornmeal to form the base of crackers. You can play with the flavours of the crackers by adding spices and herbs of your choice. However, if you have IBS, keep the spices low to prevent any spice induced trigger for the pain.
Recipe as below:-
Gluten free Crackers for the 5 pm Hunger!
Jowar (millet) flour – 1/2 cup
Cornmeal – 1/2 cup (choose the finer version and avoid the coarse flour)
Olive oil – 2 tsps
Likewarm water for kneading the dough
Italian Spice Mix – Oregano + Paprika + Basil + Pepper
Warm water for kneading the dough
2 Transparent plastic sheets to roll out the dough
Soak the cornmeal in 3 tbsps water for 10 mins to make it soft and well hydrated. This will prevent the dryness and cracking of the dough while rolling
in the meantime, collect all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Now add the soaked, wet cormeal to the jowar mix and knead well with warm water.
Preheat the oven at 250 degrees. Take a palm full of the dough and roll in to a ball. Lay the ball on 1 side of the transparent plastic sheet. Place another plastic sheet and roll the dough in to a thin sheet.
Remove the top sheet and cut the rolled dough in to desired shapes with cutter. Place them on a greased baking tray to bake.
Insert the tray in the oven and now lower the temperature to 180 degrees. Bake until golden brown. Remove once done and allow them to cool before storing in glass jar or steel containers.
They are a great accompaniment to your cup of tea or as a healthier alternative to nachos. Top them with baked beans and salsa or simply with vegetables and chutneys or hummus.
These crackers make a healthier alternative as they are baked, lesser in their salt content and flavoured with herbs instead of artificial flavourings. These are also devoid of tons of peservatives you will find in the store bought crackers.
We understand that the picture is not so great and will be soon changed with a better picture from a new batch.
Happy Munching and stay Healthy!