You may not have even heard of khakhra, but this Indian weight loss snack is quite popular among Gujarati, Rajasthan, and Punjabi communities. You can enjoy eating this hand-made, thin cracker with pickles and chutneys.
What is khakhra?
Khakhra is handmade, much like the Indian flatbread chapatti or roti, by mixing wheat flour, rice flour, millet flour and spices into small round dough balls, and rolling them. Khakhra is baked, not fried. Sometimes khakhra is made from wheat flour (atta) alone, and sometimes by combining different flours with spices or masala.
A typical khakhra recipe has black millet flour (bajra), wheat flour, rice flour, fenugreek (methi), or ajwain, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste, turmeric powder, a little oil, water, and salt to taste.
Got a snack attack?
A lot of people ask:
“Is eating khakhra healthy”?
It is baked, not fried, so it makes a healthy, low-calorie snack.
Instead of consuming artery-clogging potato chips, it is much healthier to go for baked snacks like khakhra and baked soya sticks. Carry a bag of khakhra chips with you to munch on whenever you get hunger pangs.
How is khakhra healthy?
The multi-grain and whole grain goodness might come from wheat, but it is even more nutritious because of the millet flour (bajra) in it. Dieticians, nutritionists, and healthcare professionals are increasingly recommending bajra for its numerous health benefits.
- Vitamins and more: Whole grains are rich in omega-3s, as well as proteins. Khakhra made out of bajra and atta is very high in protein compared to other cereals. Essential amino acids, like lysine, methionine, and cysteine are the most important building blocks of muscles and tissues. Khakhra contains the main B-complex vitamins, plus disease-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin E.
- Diabetes: Fibre-rich whole grains are good for diabetics, normalising blood glucose levels. But too much of millet can lead to uric acid accumulation. If you have a weak kidney or rheumatism, you should eat khakhra made from millet with care.
- Weight Loss: If you are struggling with weight loss, or are overweight, you are probably snacking unhealthily in between meals. Control your salty cravings by munching on khakhra. Instead of finishing an entire bag of potato chips by yourself, carry a bag of khakhra in your purse.
- Gluten-Free: When the low-fat food is made with bajra and chawal, it is completely gluten-free. Eating khakhra is a wonderful source of complex carbohydrates for those with wheat allergies or celiac disease.
- Digestion: Rids severe constipation, stomach ulcers, and reduces acidity problems.
- Natural Medicine: Eating millet khakhra will decrease bleeding piles, epilepsy, insomnia, impotence, high blood pressure, and tuberculosis.
- Cholesterol: Bajra has phytic acid and niacin which help reduce cholesterol levels and heart problems.