Making these colourful mathris is a delight always, because these are easy to make and healthy as well. Actually, this snack was made in a hurry. So the story goes like this. Few days before Diwali when I was wondering what to gift to family, friends and relatives; I decided to make some sweets and namkeens at home. I explored the net, and came across a picture of colorful mathris that fascinated me a lot. However, those were fried but I thought to give it a try in oven. I prepared the dough, but I was little apprehensive about the texture of the mathris after baking. Finally, I baked them and they turned out perfect. Even my mom and sister loved them a lot and binged on them without any guilt.
You also try and savour these mathris with traditional ‘aam ka achaar’.
Serves: makes 15-18 small size mathris
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Maida – 100 gm
Oil – 75 ml
Salt – to taste
Ajwain (carom seeds) – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – a pinch
Warm water – to knead the dough
Orange food color – a pinch
Yellow food color – a pinch
Steps to make:
1. In a big mixing bowl, combine maida, salt, baking soda,ajwain and oil.
2. Mix well until oil is fully incorporated in the flour.
3. By adding little water at a time, knead a soft dough. Dough should not be too hard not too sticky. You can add more flour, if the dough is sticky.
4. Divide the dough in two portions. Add yellow color to one portion and orange color to the other. Knead both the portions seperately. Cover both the dough portions and keep aside for an hour.
5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and start making the mathri.
6. Combine both the portions together and knead into a single dough.
7. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a big round with 1 inch thickness.
8. Using a cookie cutter, cut the mathris out of the dough. Prick each mathri with fork so that it does’nt puff when baked
9. Place the mathris on a greased baking tray.
10. Again roll a round out of the remaining dough and make mathris similarly as in step 8. You can keep and cover them with a moist cloth until baked.
11. Place the tray in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown in colour.
12. Remove mathris from oven and keep on a wire rack to cool.
13. Once cooled, you can store them in an airtight container for 15-20 days.