Savory Diamond Cuts (Tukdi)

Every time we visit Bangalore, my mother-in-law gives us a big container of savory diamond cuts, or tukdi, as a parting gift. I didn’t realize how easy they were to make, until I saw her prepare it last year.

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Paresh and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this week, and as a gift he got me a macro lens (Canon 50mm, f/1.8) for my food photography (thanks baby! :*).

I was pretty excited to try the gadget for today’s post! I’m still learning the ropes, and it’ll probably take me some time before I get the hang of it.

Back to today’s recipe. The base is usually all purpose flour, but by changing the spices you get different flavored tukdis. My mother-in-law uses pepper, but my version uses chilli powder. I’ve seen some recipes that use garlic, I’ll probably try that in the future.

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Savory Diamond Cuts (Tukdi)
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: 2
Savory diamond cuts, also known as tukdi.
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder mixed with water to form a slurry
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. melted ghee
  • water to knead the dough
  • salt to taste
  • oil to deep fry
  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients, chilli slurry and ghee. Mix well.
  2. Add water little by little to knead the dough. The dough should be neither too hard or too soft.
  3. Make lemon sized balls and roll them out into thin circles, like a chapathi. Dust flour as needed.
  4. Now for the fun part - using a pizza cutter or even a regular knife, slice the chapathi vertically and then horizontally. Make these lines at an angle, so you get the diamond shape.
  5. Remove them carefully using a spatula and place it on paper towels.
  6. In the meantime, heat oil in a kadhai. Test with a small pinch of dough. If it raises immediately to the top, the oil is ready.
  7. Carefully drop the diamond cuts from the paper towel into the hot towel. Fry until golden brown and when they stop sizzling.
  8. They fry pretty quickly, so keep the heat on medium so they don't burn.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Home made tukdis are now ready!

Now all you need to do is stop yourself from finishing these crunchy, savory diamond cuts!

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3 Replies to “Savory Diamond Cuts (Tukdi)”

  1. Loved this doll . The diamont cuts have come out just soooo perfect ! . Tukdi’s are my most loved snack and I have tried it with roasted garlic powder , pepper, chilli powder and hing, ground green chilli , ajwain and jeera !
    The recipe I follow calls for a lil rice flour and maida / all purpose flour . Will try your version . Looks so interesting . Happy cooking . BTW Natasha tried your mavinkai chitranna and it turned out yumm she said 😍❤️😘💖🤗

    1. Thanks aunty! 🙂 Rice flour is a good addition, must help in making it crispier. Will try some of your additions next time – especially garlic. Yum! Natasha did send me a picture of the chitranna – looked soo good! 🙂

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