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Spicy Diamond Cuts – an evening snack made from whole wheat flour

My mom used to make diamond cuts so very often when i and my sister were studying in school. I remember my sister and me keep on asking for more and more. We just love eating this!! It is a spicy – savoury snack or a perfect naalumani palahaaram along with tea/ coffee. It is also light weight snack to munch on while reading books.

Spicy diamond cuts
Cuisine: Indian                         Recipe Category: Snacks / Munchies
Prep time: 30 mins                  Cook Time: 30 mins          Serves: 4

Whole wheat flour – 1 & 1/2 cups
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Besan / Roasted and ground chickpeas flour – 1/4 cup (optional)
Salt – to taste
Water – as needed (to make a batter)
Cooking oil – 1 cup or as needed for deep-frying (i used coconut oil)


  1. Place the wheat flour, chilli powder, besan and salt in a bowl. Add water little by little (until enough) and knead it into a dough. Keep it covered for about 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 mins, knead once and then divide the dough into 3 to 4 balls.
  3. With a rolling-pin, roll each dough ball into thin circles or discs but not too thick (just like how you make chapathi or roti).
  4. With a knife or cutter, cut the discs into diamond shapes or small squares of 2 cm length. Keep aside.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai or a heavy bottomed pan and let the oil become hot. Once the oil has become hot, put a handful of diamond cuts into the oil and fry till crisp.
  6. Once it becomes evenly browned, remove the spicy diamond cuts onto a paper towel.

Eat and Enjoy the Spicy Diamond Cuts as a snack along with a cup of tea or coffee.


  • Once the diamond cuts cools down to a bit or becomes warm, store it in an air tight container. Stays good for 2 to 3 days when kept at room temperature. Do not store it in a refrigerator, as it may become chewy and not crispy to eat.
  • To test whether the oil has become hot to fry, place a small piece of dough in the oil and if it becomes brown immediately, then the oil is too hot. So remove the pan from the stove and let it cool for few minutes. But if the oil is not hot enough, it will not puff and the diamond cuts will absorb too much of oil. So always check before starting to fry.

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