Diwali at the doorsteps, hence many of us would wish to give the world dishes just appropriate for the festive season, be it sweet or otherwise. At home too, the celebration mode / mood is on since Durga Pooja. During the olden golden days, our celebration started from Durga Pooja and went on till Bhai Phota / Bhai Duj . Between this period whosoever visited home were treated with homemade goodies.... essentially snacks and sweets... The Bhai Phota day was so full of fun... with mom's brothers and my brother's visiting.... though the circle was incomplete as some relatives lived far off and never could make it..... Fun, Food, Crackers made life happier. Though I am individualistic, little self centred, I do believe a joint family system has its own advantages. Been together feels good if we can respect each other's space..... which is again an utopian concept.
I am so awestruck to see my blogger friends gifting so lovely Diwali dishes. I was thinking of starting with a simple savoury snack that can be made quickly and stored for a couple of days without been spoiled. Hence, these spicy twister fries. These fries are made mainly with refined flour adding few spices, made flavourful with ghee and use of Nigella seeds. Let us do the Spicy Twister Fries together and treat family and friends this Diwali.....
Refined Flour : 2 big cups
Baking Soda : 1/4 tsp [optional]
Ghee : 4 tsp + 1tbsp
Nigella Seed [kalonji] : 11/2 tsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 11/2tsp
Salt : As Required
Oil : 100 - 150 ml [for frying]
Take the refined flour, salt and baking soda in a big container and mix well. To it add the nigella seeds, cumin powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder.
Mix well and rub for 2-3 minutes. Add warm water little by little and form a dough. Keep kneading for about 10 minutes until the dough is soft, yet firm.
Cover with a moist, soft cloth and keep aside for about 15 minutes.
Open cover and knead for another 1-3 minutes. Prepare balls from them.
With rolling pins, shape into round chapati.
Now roll each roundels and cut into 3-4 pieces as below.
Now twist them and cut further into halves.
Heat oil in a wok. Add 1 tbsp ghee to it and let it melt. Fry the spicy twisters in batches and transfer onto tissue papers.
Once cool we can store them in airtight containers for about 4-5 days without refrigerating.