The Indian fried pastry – matthi – typically brings up memories of winter holidays and hard working grandmothers. But did you ever imagine you’d be having a matthi as a “healthy snack” in the 21st century?

Fast forward to the era of air fryers, and take pride in your own ability to concoct healthy versions of your favourite Indian snacks.  Foreverfit’s recipe for tasty oats and besan matthi relies on the air fryer  to reduce the calorie count and cholesterol.

The oats help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar, while the besan adds a healthy protein dose. Air frying takes up some time, so maintain patience. Rest assured that your efforts will not go unrewarded.

Serves: 2-4

Cooking Time: 10 mins Prep time + 30 mins air frying

Ingredients

Oats (Saffola Masala Oats) – 1 cup

Gram Flour (Besan) – 1 cup

Oil – ¼ cup

Jaggery (Gur), grated – 3 tbsp

Omum (Ajwain) seeds – 1 tsp

Dried Fenugreek (Kasuri Methi) – ½ tbsp

Chilli Flakes – 1 tsp

Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp

Salt, to taste.

Method

  1. Grind the oats to a powder in a grinder. Mix with besan. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small pan. Take off the heat and add jaggery. Allow the jaggery to melt.
  3. Add spices and salt to the oil and jaggery mixture.
  4. Pour over oats and besan mixture while hot to prevent jaggery from clumping.
  5. Knead into a tight dough, using little water.
  6. Roll the dough and cut out 4 inch wide circles using a cookie cutter.
  7. Place the cut-out matthis on a sheet of aluminium foil and keep in the basket of the air fryer.
  8. Heat on 180ºC for 10-15 minutes, till both sides are golden brown.
  9. Take out of the air-fryer, allow to cool. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.
  10. Serve with chutneys or dips as per taste.

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