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Spicy Besan +Fenugreek Crackers for #Breadbakers

This month on #Breadbakers, we have Stacy hosting a wonderful theme close to my heart – Gluten Free Baking. At home, we have been making subtle but significant changes to our everyday diet and try alternatives to usual flatbreads / baking we do with Whole-wheat and / or dairy products.

One of the (successful) bakes were these spicy and flavourful Besan cookies (gram flour / garbanzo flour crackers), and as we are a savoury-bake-loving family, these vanished in a jiffy. Bookmarked from Suma’s recipe, I made a couple of changes for the kids and we are sure to make and savour these often. Besan is not only protein-rich, but is a great alternative as a GF flour for baking (yes, it takes a little getting used to) or even to make pancakes (a.k.a Cheelas)

Other GF dishes (and mostly vegan too) that you like on this blog:

Baked Idli Fry | Gluten Free and Vegan Snacks

Vegan shammi Kebabs (GF too!)

and many, many more – just hit the GF button here

This recipe is not only GF, but also vegan – so, its a win-win for all those who are looking for healthy non-dairy and not so butter-heavy cookies. Thank you, Stacy for a wonderful theme, and we are sure to try these again with a different mix of spices.

The only changes I made were to bake them as thin cookies, rather than the thicker “cookie” type that the original recipe had.


Prep time – 15 mins, Resting time – 10-15 mins, Baking time : 12~15 mins / batch


  • Besan / Chickpea flour / Garbanzo flour – sifted – 1 cup (here 1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Peanut / Canola  / sunflower oil – 3 TBSP (warm)
  • Salt – 1/2 T
  • Crushed Fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) – 1 T
  • Red chilli powder / spicy cayenne powder – 1/2 T (adjust to taste)
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric  – 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted Sesame seeds – 1 T
  • Warm water – to knead



  1. Mix all the dry ingredients except oil and water. Add warm oil 1 TBSP at a time and fold into the flour as breadcrumbs (if using butter here, use cold butter and cut into the flour).
  2. Add 1 tsp warm water at a time, and knead into a soft slightly crumbly dough.
  3. Cling wrap and refreigerate for 15-20 mins (optiional but recommended step)
  4. Towards the end of 15~20 mins, preheat oven to 160 C / 350F. Line a baking sheet.
  5. With slightly greased hands, knead dough for a min.
  6. Roll the dough between two parchment / thick plastic sheets to desired thickness.
  7. Place gently on the lined baking sheet. Bake until a golden edge appears around the edges
  8. The cookies might be slightly soft when taken out. They harden a bit after left around for 10-15 mins on a cooling tray.
  9. Store the crackers in an air tight container and enjoy along with your afternoon cuppa.


#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Let’s check out the #GF bakes this month.




  1. Stacy Rushton

    These would disappear very quickly from my plate too, Kalyani! I love a savory, crunchy cracker.

  2. Sneha's Recipe

    These make a perfectly baked snack.

  3. A Day in the Life on the Farm

    I would love some of these to snack on while I do my virtual wine tasting tonight.

  4. What a delicious sounding snack! I love the spices and flavorings in these.

  5. All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    I don't make nearly enough crackers, and these look amazing. I'm going to have to remedy this by trying them.

  6. Mayuri Patel

    Kalyani did you roast the chickpea a bit? I'd once tried making chickpea flour crackers and didn't like the raw taste of the flour though the crackers were baked. Would love to try baking them again.

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