Besan Paare (Spicy Crackers)

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Besan Paare are crunchy and spicy. Besan Paare makes a great snack. Serve anytime.

Recipe will serve 4 to 6.

Besan Paare (Spicy crackers) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 tablespoons fine semolina flour (fine sooji)
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/4 spoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 cup water or add as needed
  • Oil to fry

Method:

  1. Mix flour, semolina (sooji), gram flour (besan), salt, carom seeds, asafetida, chili flakes, and oil, together.
  2. Add water as needed to make firm but smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside at least for ten minutes.
  3. Knead the dough for another minute and divide into four equal parts.
  4. Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape.
  5. Roll them thin into about 9-inch circles. Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, the Paree do not puff when frying.
  6. Cut each of the rolled dough into about half inch wide and 3 inch long pieces. Note: you can cut them in your desire shape.
  7. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  8. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
  9. Make sure to place just enough Paare so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the Paare until both sides are light golden-brown.
  10. After Besan Paare come to room temperature they should become crisp.

Tips:

  1. Besan Paare can be stored for one month in airtight containers.
  2. If the Besan Paare are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.

Suggestions:

  • Try replacing carom (ajwain) seed with dry fenugreek leaves.

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70 thoughts on “Besan Paare (Spicy Crackers)

  1. Dear Manjula
    here is a question from Russia about this dish
    Can it be made with chick-peas? Not with flour but from beans
    Thanks in advance

    Alexei

  2. Hello aunty..
    I tried besan paste….my family members as well as friends liked it ..it taste is very good …it also come out crispy…
    Thank you …

  3. Manjula mam am newly married…..its been just one and half month…..in snacks I made masala papad,palak pakodi, corn vada. I and my husband both got bored of these…..I was really searching from last 5 days for a evening snack……am not too good like you in innovative cooking……somehow I tried your “BESAN PAARE” believe me mam….it came out awesome….
    your recipe is real good……. THANKS A LOT

  4. manjula ma’am,

    i tried many of your recipeis at home and everyone who tasted have appreciated me a lot in my in laws house. All credit goes to you….

    Thank u so much….

  5. dear manjula ,
    your recipes are very easy to make i liked besan paree’s recipe very much .I would definitely try making it . Thanks a lot.

  6. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    All your recipes are very easy and delicious, whatever i tried turned out very nice. thanks alot.

    Can i still use aesafetida, as i m pregnant?

  7. hello aunty thank u for this wonderful website, and great recipes, i have tried many of your recipes, and loved them, regards, will try this one soon

  8. Hello Aunty, Namastey.. I hope u r doing well.. First of all I would like to wish you a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali and New year.

    Today I am going to prepare besan paaras.

    Could you please tell me whether these paaras are preservable or we need to eat on the same day of preparation.

    Thanks in advance!! Take care..

  9. Hi manjula ,

    i love this website and ur recipes , i have gone through in many recipes your using red chili flakes, but i couldnt find it in grocery shops (chennai) . can you tel me where it available or any alternate method.

  10. Hi manjula ji .. thank you so much for the scrumptious recipes .. i love your style makes cooking so tasty and easy. i’m a fan

    i have a question about this recipe if it could be made with wheat flour .. i loved this one was wondering if there is any snack like this that can be made using wheat flour – health reasons .. thank you so so much ..

  11. Hi I love your website! I was wondering if I leave out the minor details like carom seeds (ajwain) and Pinch of asafetida (hing) will it still be okay. I dont have those and dont know where to buy…just want to try it w/o…
    Thanks so much!

  12. I made this recipe few days back, they turn out great. I enjoyed the crackers with tamarind chutney, also your recipe. Thank you.
    Your website is the best cookbook ever!!

  13. Thank You Manjula i tried this at home and it turned out great i didnt leave it out for 10 minutes but for 5 minutes and it still worked…

  14. Dear Manjula Mam,

    I am surprised that I could make Besan Paaras on my own with the help of your guidelines. Your recipes are really amazing. I will try one by one all of them.

    Thank you so much,

  15. HI…i like your guide in receipes…thanks , helped me a lot,because i like to see how to do it.
    This remember me the one of my mom’s ,but, wt cheese inside the maida.

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  17. Dear Manjula Aunty,
    So far i’ve tried two of ur recipes (badam barfi , Besan paare) and they are both hit in my family.I’m going to try more of ur recipes.Must say u are too good.God bless u!

  18. Dear Manjula, the besan paras turned out very well indeed. But if I wish to reduce the proportion of besan, which flour should I increase?

  19. Hi auntie…
    I am a very big fan of ur recipes…they are really nice and most importantly easy to make.
    I am married to a Jain…so it really works for me as ur recipes are usually without onion. I cook everyday looking at your videos on your website.
    Thanks and fantastic work auntie 🙂

  20. hi aunti,
    i tried this and they were so good thanks for nice recipie. now plz tell me how we can make gathey(ganthey) thanks again

  21. I made this recipe this afternoon and I only have one complain: As I was frying the second batch, the first one was almost gone, I kept eating them as I was frying the rest, they were sooooo yummy!

  22. Hello Auntyji ,

    I’m a big fan of yours . Have tried lot of receipes from your website and they came out great. It would be great, if you can give us some Indian breakfast items on this site. Awaiting for the same.

    Thanks,
    Bhairavi

  23. Hi Aunty,

    1) While rolling this roti, if roti gets stuck to chopping board then, can I use “plain flour” for moving roti correctly? or should I use “oil” as you have shown in your video ?

    2) Roti should be as thin as “Papad”?

    Give your reply as soon as possible, because tomorrow I am going to make this.

    Thank You.

  24. I tried the besan paare, it came out very well. Down south in TamilNadu we call a similarly made snack “Thattai” meaning “flat thing”. I improvised your receipe a bit, added grounded black pepper and cumin seeds instead of Ajwain coz didnt find it in home 🙂 . Additionally added some raw rice flour to it and it turned out a lot crispier. Coming back to the thattai, we generally prepare the dough with raw rice flour and not maida. Moreover we dont roll it with roti roller, rather just with the palm would make round ones like small puris and fry the same way.

  25. Manjula aunty….ur just great…ur video pushes me to cook immediately….i m a big fan of urs…u just rock…. 🙂

  26. Hello Manjula aunty,
    i tried these today but mine werent golden brown,they burnt.Can u please help me with that.
    thank you

  27. Hi Manjula,
    I came to know about ur website from my niece from L.A. Besan parees came out crunchy. We liked it a lot. My friends also. Thanks.

  28. hi aunty,
    Besan paares came out well.My husband liked them alot
    Now its become a snack item which will always be available in my house.Thanks alot for this recipe

  29. Hi Aunty
    Today i made besanparas it comes out very delicious.I like your website.I tried peda ,kalakand,rasagullas they came out very delicious.Thanks for posting all receipes.Aunty if you have a chance can you post cookie receipes aunty.Once again thank you so much .

  30. Dear Manjula didi,
    I am not a new entry to kitchen room. But being a south Indian I am very much grateful to You for all your homely north recopies and the way You You prepare them.I have informed all my friends to visit this wonderful site.

  31. Auntiji,
    I found your website yesterday when I was searching for a recipe for Gulab Jamun. I browsed your other recipes and had all the ingredients to try the Besan Paare. They turned out exactly like you demonstrated. On a cold winter day, it is a delight to eat these with a hot cup of masala tea. Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe. I have bookmarked your website.

  32. Manjulaji, I just found your website and will love trying your recipes. I will make your Besan Paare first thing tomorrow. I wonder if I might share some of your recipes at bigoven.com. I would certainly give credit for the recipe to you and also post your website in the notes of the recipe. May I put it up to share with others and let others discover your website?

  33. Hello Aunty,
    I tried besan paares today but some of them are not crispy :(.I fried it on medium flame.What could be the reason?I think my dough was not firm.it was easy to roll them.

  34. Manjulaji,

    What exactly is the problem with this particular video bite? Why is it stopping and then not playing at all? I would like to attempt to make the paare and I would like to see the demonstration by you. Enjoy all your recipes! Please post a bit sooner than you normally do!

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