Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Karela Shaped Namkeen

With the Diwali hangover, we decided to make one more easy snack great for teatime. This one  gets its name because of  the resemblance to the karela/ bittergaurd. If you don't want to spend a lot of time in shaping them, these can be made in simple rounds to make a papdis which can be later used for any chaat.

Prep Time: 20 mins
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Chilli powder: 1-2 teaspoons
Cumin /Jeera seeds: 1/2 teaspoons
Oil : 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Water: 1/4 cup more or less

Mix all the ingredients except the  oil and water in a bowl. Add warm water and oil  to make a smooth dough as you would for rotis.  Keep aside for 10 mins. Make small balls of the dough and flatten it with a rolling pin like the size of a  big puri. Cut into semicircles. With a knife, make long cuts in the centre without touching the ends. Then slowly roll over and twist the ends to lock it. You will get this karela shape.

Heat some oil in a kadai for deep frying these.  Fry until golden brown. Drain off the excess oil and serve these warm or after completely cooled off.


  1. huh..Yummy they looks and crunchy crispy...Love the cliks girlsss

  2. They look gorgeous ...... lovely clicks too. Gr8 tea time munching

  3. they look so cute ... savoury elo jhilo .. bookmarking it

  4. Karela Shaped! Awesome! I am gonna try this one for sure.

  5. looks so delicious. Nice recipe.

  6. lovely and crispy snack!! nice click!

  7. Crispy and lovely shapes for this snack.

  8. Looks yummy and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!

  9. Perfect Tea time snacking....
    thaks for sharing.

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  10. we bengalis dunk these in sugar syrup and call them elo jhelo. looks superb dear.

  11. wow !! sounds simple, will do it soon..A nice blog ..Good job

  12. I remember eating something very similar when i was very young. Must try it. Thank you for the recipe.

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