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Tikha Gathia

Spicy Gathiya (Gathia)

Spicy Gathiya (Gathia) is a perfect Diwali snack - these are crunchy, spicy and very addictive. These also make for a yummy tea time treat.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, north indian
Servings: 4 cups


  • 2 cups Chickpea flour or Besan
  • ½ tsp ajwain
  • 2 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Very Hot Oil
  • To taste salt
  • As needed water
  • For Deep Frying Oil


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, ajwain, red chili powder and salt. Add the hot oil and using a spoon mix and combined.
  • Add few tablespoons of water at a time to make a soft, sticky dough. Make sure not to add too much water - if you do it by mistake anyway, then mix in more flour.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Lightly grease and get the murukku mold ready.
  • When the oil is hot enough, place some of the dough in the mold, press it directly into the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes on medium flame until the murukku is golden brown on one side. Gently flip and fry for another 1~2 minutes on the second side.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining dough. Store the ganthiya in an airtight container for 1~2 weeks.
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