Just a few decades ago, there were not many biscuit brands in India. Store bought snack items were not very popular and hygienic and this was our Indian version of home made biscuits.
This is a very simple recipe and kids enjoyed making this because we could play with the diamond cuts tool. It was a spoon that had a rotary cutter at the tip of the handle. The cutter mostly had a wavy edge so the dough that was cut with this also had a wavy edge.
I remember eating this frequently when I was a kid growing up. It is a easy to make crunchy dish and can be made into a sweet snack or a spicy snack.
The diamond cuts recipe is easy to follow and even kids can make it.
The ingredients list is short:
1. 1 cup of self raising flour.
You may use all purpose flour with soda (optional) or wheat flour if you want a healthier option.
2. 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. I used caster / icing sugar to make the recipe quicker and easier for the kids.
3. Ghee or butter 1 teaspoon
4. Little water to mix the dough
5. Half pinch salt
6. Oil for deep frying.
Sieve all the powders (flour, soda, salt, sugar) together.
Add ghee and knead it into a soft ball while adding water little by little. We added one teaspoon at a time.
Split it into smaller balls and roll them using rolling pin.
Dust the surface with some flour so that it is not sticky.
Kids can be given some training with playdoh before trying this recipe.
Make smaller balls and roll them using rolling pin
My daughter used a pizza cutter to cut the diamonds.
Heated oil is tested by adding one piece to see if it rises to the top immediately.
Important Note !! – Deep frying should be done by an adult and kids should be made to stand and watch from a distance and taught how they should exit the kitchen safely if the oil splatters.. Another idea to keep kids away from the deep frying is to ask them to get the next lot of diamonds ready while you fry one batch.
Heat the oil at medium heat because sugar in the dough will become faster. Transfer it to a plate lined with tissue to absorb the additional oil.
Some sprinkle powdered sugar when the diamonds are hot and just out of the frying pan. The sugar will melt in the heat and form a slight sweet coating on top.
DD was immensely pleased and she described her diamond cuts as “pillow cushions”
Here is a visual treat for everyone.
A spicy version can be made with by replacing sugar with grated ginger, finely chopped chillies, coriander leaves etc.
Once cool, the snack can be stored in air tight boxes for a few days.