Okay so making your own crackers may seem to be an arduous task and why make your own when there are so many options available in the market..right? But what if I told you making them is one of the easiest bit of baking you’ll ever do. You need no special equipment ( except an oven!) and the ingredients come straight from your pantry shelf. And you are rewarded with the tastiest crackers that no boxed variety can match!
These homemade wholegrain Ajwain crackers are my take on the Indian bakery style ajwain and jeera biscuits we grew up eating. Savoury, crispy, buttery, intermingled with the sharp, spicy seeds, these are really quite moreish. So wonderful on their own, with a creamy yogurt dip, mint chutney or with this glorious Ginger Beetroot Apple Chutney. Recipe for this will follow real soon, I promise!
Ajwain, also known as Carom seeds or Bishop’s weed, maybe a tiny seed, but is packed with immense healing powers. For as long as I remember, my mother has alway given all of us ajwain water, to help with any kind of stomach ailments . Now its a staple in my house too. Simply boil a teaspoon of the seeds with a cup of water for a couple of minutes. Strain and sip throughout the day. You could also chew on them ( raw or roasted) to deal with indigestion and acidity. Its been used as a medicinal ingredients for ages in Ayurveda.
Now these crackers are full of goodness from wholewheat and oat flours too. I made two versions, with and without cheese, both options are given in the recipe below. Though the one with cheese was easier to slice, I was very happy with the taste of both.
Apart from the unbeatable fresh taste, homemade crackers are free from all the nasty stuff, have only real ingredients, the amount of fats, salt and sugar going in your recipe is completely in your control. This recipe is pretty foolproof. You just make a simple dough with all the ingredients, roll into a log, freeze it for 30- 40 minutes ( to firm up the dough to enable easier slicing) , cut into slices and bake for 10-12 minutes. That’s simple.
Making healthy homemade wholegrain crackers doesn’t have to be complicated at all and it really is deeply satisfying. I hope you’ll give these a try. I’d love to hear from you. Do leave a comment below and share a picture on INSTAGRAM using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !