Singhara atta mathri in air fryer step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Singhara, also known as water chestnut, is an underwater fruit. Flour made with water chestnut is called singhara atta (or singhare ka atta) and is commonly used during Indian festivals like Navratri. Navratri translates to "nine nights" and is an Indian festival celebrating nine Goddesses. People celebrating Navratri refrain from eating meat, onion, garlic, and grains during these nine days. 'Vrat ka khana' is commonly prepared and eaten during this time and made with grain-free flours like singhara (water chestnut), kuttu (buckwheat), rajgira (amaranth), sabudana (tapioca pearls), and sama (barnyard millet).
Mathri (also known as mathi) is a savoury cracker or biscuit that is usually made with atta (Indian whole wheat flour). You need very basic ingredients to make these easy-to-make crackers. Since atta or whole wheat is not consumed during Navratri, this popular snack is made with singhara atta or water chestnut flour.
Traditionally, mathris are deep-fried but I prefer to use an air fryer to make them. They turn out just as crispy and crunchy as the deep-fried ones. I make this delicious snack by combining singhara atta, boiled and mashed potato, salt, and ghee into a stiff dough, rolling out thick discs and air frying them. Do give this singhara atta mathri made in air fryer a try!
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Step by step instructions
1. Combine singhara atta, potato, and salt in a bowl
2. Add ghee
3. Rub it well to make a crumbly mixture
4. Slowly add water and knead it to form a stiff dough. Let the dough rest for 25-30 minutes
5. Pinch out a lemon-sized dough and place it between two baking sheets. Roll into a thick disc
6. Prick the rolled dough using a fork.
7. Use a cookie cutter or sharp bowl and cut out small circular discs
8. Place the mathris on the air fryer tray
9. Air fry for 8-10 minutes, flipping once at the 5-minute mark
Singara atta mathri in air fryer
- 2 cups singhara atta (water chestnut flour)
- 1 large potato boiled, peeled and mashed
- ¼ cup ghee
- Salt to taste
- Cold water to knead the dough
- In a large bowl, combine singhara atta, mashed potato, and salt
- Add ghee and rub it well to make a crumbly mixture
- Slowly add water and knead it to form a stiff dough. Let the dough rest for 25-30 minutes
- Pinch out a lemon-sized dough and place between two baking sheets. Roll into a thick disc
- Prick the rolled dough using a fork. Use a cookie cutter or sharp bowl and cut out small circular discs
- Preheat air fryer at 180℃ for 2 minutes
- Place the mathris on the air fryer tray and air fry for 8-10 minutes, flipping once at the 5-minute mark
- Let the mathris cool down completely before storing in an air-tight container
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