Tawa fried millet nippattu / Thattai / Chekkalu / Crackers (siridhanya | siruthaniyam recipe)

Nippattu are crispy savory crackers made with flour and spices. They are a popular snack of South India and are savored on all occasions. They are traditionally made from rice flour and are deep fried. But wait, how about a healthy version of same with no compromise on taste? Yes it’s possible and I’ll tell you how they are done! I tried making these crackers with millet and they turned out just as good as rice crackers and what more, I tried two versions of no deep fry and I loved how they tasted. Presenting you no deep fry millet Nipattu Aka millet savory crackers that are healthy, wholesome, yet crispy and delicious. Come let’s get cracking 🤣

Tawa fried millet nippattu / Thattai / Chekkalu / Crackers (siridhanya | siruthaniyam recipe)


20 – 22 small

Prep time

20 mins

Cooking time

baking – 30 to 35 mins
pan frying 20 mins

Difficulty level



  • Barnyard (Oodalu, Kuthiraivali) millet flour – 1 cup or millet flour of your choice

  • Fried gram flour – 1/2 cup

  • Peanuts, roasted – 3 tbsp

  • Fried gram – 3 Tbsp

  • Sesame seeds – 1 Tbsp

  • Curry leaves – 2 Tbsp

  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp

  • Dry coconut – 2 Tbsp, powdered / dessicated coconut

  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

  • Hot oil – 1 ½ Tbsp

  • Salt – ½ tsp

  • Water – 3 Tbsp for kneading

  • Jaggery – ¼ tsp ( optional ) 


  • In a mixer grinder, powder 1/2 cup of fried gram and keep aside. Also powder 2 Tbsp of dry coconut and keep aside.
  • Dry roast 3 Tbsp peanuts on a low flame in a fry pan and allow it to cool. Now add the roasted peanuts and 3 Tbsp of fried gram in a mixer jar and grind them very coarsely by just giving a single whip in mixer. Keep this aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of millet flour, 1/2 cup of fried gram flour, coarsely ground roasted peanuts and fried gram, 2 Tbsp dry coconut powder, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 2 tbsp curry leaves, 2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 1/2 Tbsp of hot oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp jaggery syrup (optional) , 3 Tbsp water and combine to form thick dough and allow it to rest for 20 mins.
  • Now take small amount of dough and roll them into balls. Grease the dough ball and place them between parchment paper and roll them into small circles using a rolling pin. Do this for rest of the dough.
  • Place the rolled nippattu circles in a parchment paper and brush them with oil on both the sides and keep it to bake in a pre heated oven.
  • Bake them at 180’c for about 30 to 35 mins flipping to other side after 20 minutes.
  • Alternatively they can also be fried in a fry pan on a low flame for 10 minutes on each side by lightly greasing both the sides with oil.

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