Baked Bhakarwadi, Healthy Jar Snack
by Tarla Dalal
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Bhakarwadi is one of the most famous Maharashtrian jar snacks. With an exquisite blend of flavours, it is the perfect accompaniment for a cup of hot tea on a rainy day.
Here, we have made a healthier version, which is baked instead of deep-fried. Two things are important to get the perfect Bhakarwadi. First, the masala needs to have all the spices in the right proportion, in order to get the ideal balance of sweetness, tanginess and spiciness. Next, you need to master the art of rolling the dough such that the masala does not spill out. If you take care of these two, you are sure to produce a perfect batch of Bhakarwadi.
Now, you can also indulge in your favourite snack any time because the Baked Bhakarwadi is healthy and super tasty, and has a wonderful mouth-feel too.
You can also try other healthy jar snacks like Beetroot Shakkarpara , Thattai or Ragi and Oat Crackers .
- Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a semi-stiff dough using enough water.
- Cover with a lid and keep aside.
- Heat a broad non-stick pan, add the dry coconut and dry roast on a medium flame for 1 minute or till the coconut turns light brown in colour. Remove it in a deep bowl and keep aside.
- Add the sesame seeds into the same pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 1 minute or till it turns light brown in colour. Remove it in the bowl containing roasted dry coconut and keep aside.
- Add the poppy seeds into the same pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 30 seconds or till they turn light brown in colour. Remove it in the bowl containing roasted dry coconut and sesame seeds. Keep aside to cool for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, except the besan, and mix well.
- Blend it in a mixer to a coarse powder.
- Add the besan and mix well. Keep aside.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
- Divide the masala into 4 equal portions.
- Roll a portion of the dough into 200 mm. (8”) diameter circle without using any flour for rolling.
- Place a portion of the masala over it and pat it lightly while leaving a little space at the circumference. Gently roll over the masala evenly using a rolling pin, to ensure that the masala sticks well to the dough circle.
- Spread a little water at the circumference of the dough circle which doesn’t have any masala.
- Immediately start rolling very tightly from one end of the circle towards the other end to form a cylindrical roll while pinching the masala inwards simultaneously.
- Gently press all over the cylindrical roll evenly so that the masala further sticks to the dough circle very well.
- Trim a small portion from both the sides of the cylindrical roll and discard them.
- Now cut it into 16 to 18 equal roundels using a knife and separate out each roundel very well.
- Press each rolled bhakarwadi in a slanting manner using your palm.
- Place them on a greased baking tray.
- Repeat steps 3 to 11 to make more bhakarwadis.
- Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 10 minutes, turn them over and bake again for 10 minutes.
- Cool completely and serve or store in an air-tight container. Use as required.
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