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October 3, 2014


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Thukkada is a Tirunelveli special tea time snack made with wheat flour. I came to Salem two days back to celebrate Saraswathi pooja & having a great time here. Yesterday I went to my mom's place for half a day. I had my mom's lunch happily after a long time. I told her to prepare this easy, Tirunelveli famous snack recipe,Thukkada. 

Thukkada is nothing but spicy wheat flour chips. Yes, its made of wheat flour spiced with chilli powder. I saw some versions using garlic and Red chillies paste. But my mom makes it very simple just by adding red chilli powder to wheat flour. She usually make this spicy snack at the time of Diwali along with Thenkuzhal. When I was thinking about easy savories recipes for Diwali, I reminded about this crispy, guilt free snack and thought of sharing here.  You can make it in square or diamond shapes as you wish. 

My MIL also makes a similar snack recipe using maida called as spicy diamond cuts. You can even make sweet thukkada adding powdered sugat. I will share that version soon. Do try this easy, crispy, yummy thukkada  this weekend & to crack this Diwali :) Its very easy to make and comes out crunchy too ! Don't forget to check "Notes" section.

Check out my sweet maida biscuit too.


Easy, Nellai famous thukkada recipe

Spicy thukkada recipe Easy,spicy Nellai famous thukkada recipe for Diwali !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Savory
Serves: 50 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml

  • Wheat flour/Atta – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp ( heaped ) Levelled for low spice
  • Water and salt - As needed
  • Hot oil or melted butter – 1 tbsp 
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry
  • Hing - a big pinch


  • In a wide bowl, take the wheat flour, salt, red chilli powder and oil. Mix well, Then add water little by little and make a tight dough.( Add water carefully. If u make the dough sticky n soft, u won't get crispy thukkada & also do not add more flour if the dough becomes sticky, thukkada will become very hard).

    Let the dough sit for 10 minutes.Then make uniform balls,dust with wheat flour and roll it like a thin chapathi. Use a knife or pizza cutter and cut into diamonds or squares. Place all the pieces in a news paper. No problem if the pieces stick to each other. Just sprinkle gradually. It will separate while frying.
    Heat oil and deep fry them in batches till bubbles cease completely. U will get golden brown thukkada. Remove in a tissue and let it cool. Deep fry all the batches uniformly .If you don’t fry one batch properly, it will become soggy and it will spoil the entire snack.
    Store in a box n enjoy with tea or coffee!  It stays good for months if properly done.


  • U can replace red chilli powder by garlic,chilli paste. To make this paste,grind 5 cloves of garlic along with 4-5 red chillies to a smooth paste.
  • The most important thing to make perfect thukkada lies in the dough. If the dough is too soft n sticky, thukkada will become either hard or soggy. So make the dough tight & perfect. Do not use more flour for dusting. Dust once or twice.


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Anusha said...

True! this s so addictive. I make it for diwali without fail. Nice clicks chitra. I dint know this was nellai spl

Kurinji said...

Healthy and tempting snack...

Anonymous said...

wow i didnt know the recipe name before.. i usually made the same version with sugar but not with chili :) nicely explained beautiful shots

Unknown said...

Healthy snack

great-secret-of-life said...

Looks perfect.

Priya said...

yummy snack ..nice clicks as well...

Rajani said...

This is really a good snack for Diwali or otherwise. On my list now.

Sundari Nathan said...

lovely, crispy snack! Perfect for diwali!!

nandoos kitchen said...

tasty snack.. perfect for diwali..

Unknown said...

nice recipe....