This is one snack which has impressed me not only with its taste but also with the ease of making it in bulk. The secret lies in the way you press the thattais. So whenever there is a need for a snack in large quantities, thattai wins hands down. So when it was time to make Diwali sweets and snacks, I couldn’t resist including this one in the list 🙂



  • Raw rice flour – 2 cups
  • Urad dal powder – 2 tbl spoons
  • Fried gram powder – 2 tbl spoons
  • Channa dal – 4 tsp (soaked for about 1 hr)
  • White til seeds – 2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (or as per taste)
  • Asafoetida – 2 pinches
  • Butter / hot oil – 1 tbl spoon
  • Salt to taste

Make a soft, firm dough with the above ingredients.  Turnover a plate and spread a clean, wet cotton cloth over it.


Take small balls of the dough, keep them on the cloth and press with your hands into thin thattais. Poke the thattais with a fork so that they don’t puff up too much while frying (which spoils the crispness).  You can also wet your hands as well as the cloth often to ensure easy patting and handling of the thattais before sliding them into the hot oil. Fry them until golden brown.


This way, by using a cloth, you can make huge batches and therefore the possibility of a making a large number of thattais at one go. You can also use a polythene sheet instead of a cloth, but you will have to use oil instead of water and it might get messier than the cloth method. I feel the use of a cloth makes the thattais a lot easier to make and healthier to munch on.

So, why don’t you go give them a try? Let me know how they turned out.

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