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Thattai: Savory Snack of Tamil Nadu

Thattai_Savory_Snack_Tamil_Nadu_1Thattai (தட்டை) is a yummy savory delight prepared during many festivals of  Tamil Nadu. Thattai is one of the snack prepared at home to celebrate Gokulashtami (Lord Krishna’s birth day). Thattai can also be served as a tea time snack.

The main ingredients of this thattai is processed rice flour (it can be prepared easily prepared at home) and urad dal flour (this can also be prepared at home).


  • Processed Rice flour – 2 cup
  • Urad dal flour – little less than quarter cup
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • White sesame seeds – quarter teaspoon
  • Bengal gram (soaked for one hour) – 1 tablespoon
  • Asafetida powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – as per need
  • Oil – for frying



  • Take all ingredients (except oil) in a bowl and mix well; by adding enough water, knead it to a tough dough (but must be soft enough to shape it into lemon size balls).

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  • Take lemon size dough, shape it as a ball and keep it on a oil coated polythene sheet; press each ball into a disc of approximately quarter centimeter thick by using your fingers; prick the surface of the discs slightly, with a fork to avoid bulging like poori while deep frying.

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  • Heat oil in a pan; deep fry the flattened discs in moderate heat till golden in colour and crisp.

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  • Now crisp Thattai: Savory Snack of Tamil Nadu is ready. Cool it and keep it in airtight container.



  • Too thin thattai may fry like papad and too thick thattai may not deep fry evenly.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Priya August 20, 2011, 2:00 am

    Crispy thattais looks super prefect..feel like munching some..

  • kalyani August 20, 2011, 2:18 pm

    hey ! lovely post.. just in time for Janmashtami :-)

  • Sharmilee August 20, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Wow crunchy n crispy snack

  • subha November 7, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Hello, friend

    I tried this thattai,but taste is like as murukku,so urad flour instead of channa dhal flour(pottukadalai flour) is good.

  • subha November 7, 2012, 7:50 pm


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