Malgudi Days

A match made in heaven

A match made in heaven

One of my favorite snacks that I have with an Indian Filter coffee is the Nippattu, especially the ones made by Mum. It was this experience that inspired us to showcase our Malgudi Days coffee with Nippattu's at the Aroma Coffee Festival last month.

Following this event we have been inundated with requests for the recipe. So here it is folks!!

There are many variations of Nippatu recipes from family to family. This Nippattu recipe is from mum, and every time we prepare this crunchy cracker it turns out excellent.


  • ½ cup Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp Plain flour
  • 1 tbsp Semolina - fine
  • ¾ tsp Red chilli powder or Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts
  • 2 tbsp Roasted split chick peas (without husk)
  • ¾ tbsp Salt
  • 2 tsp oil
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp water
  • Oil to deep fry (Sun flower or Rice bran oil)

Makes 12 big sized or 24 smaller crackers.


  1. Coarse grind the peanuts & roasted split chick peas. Note: If you’re allergic to peanuts, you can substitute with almonds.
  2. Prepare the mixture of rice flour, plain flour, chilli powder, fine semolina, Asafoetida, salt and the above peanut mix . Mix it well.
  3. Heat 2 tsp oil and add it to the above mixture of flour and nuts. Keep aside for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Then, add water slowly to make it a medium density dough.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 or 24 pieces to make the Nippatu, the spicy crackers.
  6. Pour the oil into a large frying pan. Heat the oil on a medium heat.
  7. Take the dough, make it into a small ball, then press it onto your palm to make a circle or you can also roll it and then use cookie cutters.
  8. Once the oil is hot enough (check by adding a little dough to the oil, the dough has to come up immediately), add the flattened dough (Nippatu), one by one.
  9. Fry it until it turns golden brown color on both sides.
  10. Let it cool on a tray with kitchen paper towels.

Our spicy, crunchy Nippatus are ready. This is a guilt free snack you can enjoy with our lovely Malgudi Days Coffee.

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