Whole Wheat Carom Seed Crackers

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Enjoying evening tea with some savory snacks is a very common habit in our family. Back at home, every evening Ma would always make some short bites or Dad would buy something to munch from the near by shops. When I got married and joined Arvind’s family, I was happy to see the same ritual being followed over there 🙂

And now, we like to  follow the tradition. We like our evening to start with a hot cup of ginger tea and something to nibble along with that.

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I have always enjoyed making short bites. There are so many options to choose from.. patties, fritters, rolls, wraps! And then, there are healthy snacks like savory cookies or crackers that are baked.

Given a choice, I will always stick to those deep-fried crispy crunchy bites but then.. well, you all know what I mean!

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I made these thin crackers with carom seeds which is called ‘ajwain’ in Hindi. It’s my favorite spice. I like it so much that at times, I eat it raw.. take a pinch and start munching; it’s spicy with little bitter after-taste. 

Arvind couldn’t figure out how a raw whole spice can taste so good to me. He used to stare at my face with a crooked eyebrow look.. totally confused! Now, he’s just got used to it 🙂

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Carom Seed/Ajwain is not just any spice, it’s more of a medicine and is used in different occasions as herbal remedy. It helps in digestion, during pregnancy, toothache, acidity, kidney stone, stomach tonic, etc etc. It’s also known as Bishops Weed.

If you don’t like this herb, you can try using anything that you may prefer, like cumin seed or fennel seed.

I was very happy with the way it came out.. crispy and light. You can store these for weeks in an air tight jar and enjoy with hot beverages, with some wine and cheese and at times, even with pickle or jam.

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Whole Wheat Carom Seed Crackers


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated black pepper
  • 2 tbs carom seeds/ajwain
  • 1/8 th tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs plain yogurt
  • 2 tbs cold water, adjust less or more as required
  • 3 tablespoons of oil, I used olive oil


  1. In a bowl, mix wheat flour, salt, pepper, baking powder and ajwain/carom seeds.
  2. Next, add the oil and give a quick mix. Then, pour the yogurt and start kneading.
  3. Add cold water as much required to make a soft and smooth dough.
  4. Cover the dough with a clear-wrap and let it rest for 30 mins.
  5. Dust some flour on the rolling pin and the wooden/marble board you are using to roll the dough.
  6. Roll it into a thin sheet. Prick on the sheets using a fork.
  7. Using a cookie cutter, cut it in your desired shape.
  8. Place it on a baking sheet and bake at 375 F for about 20 mins (Or until they are golden brown in color).
  9. Once baked, let it cool completely before you store it in an air tight jar.
  10. Enjoy the crispy thin crackers!

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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    July 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Kankana, these look sooo yummy! I am holding onto a cup of hot Japanese buckwheat tea while reading your posting, all I need is some of those delicious crackers!

  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    July 14, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    wow, kudos to you for making crackers! and those carom seeds are simply beautiful. wow. i’ve never heard of them, but will look for them!

  • Nazarina
    July 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Wow, truly beautiful photography and equally tasty recipe to boot! This is a kick a.. cracker!

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    July 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Right on time…I was looking for some whole wheat crunchy snack for kids, for the BM and I found it at your blog itself. Wow this looks perfect and the pics are just getting better & better with each one. Bookmarked…you are soon going to see it at my blog 🙂

  • Grishma
    July 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Can I just grab some of these right now?? I will enjoy it with my ginger tea… It looks Delicious…ghar ke yaad aa gayi 🙂 Also beautiful clicks Kankana 🙂

  • Priyanka
    July 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Wow…..thats lovely 🙂

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    July 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Those crackers looks perfect! Hubby will love it! I can already think of so many spices to be used here! it will be perfect with my evening cup of tea 🙂

  • Sweet Artichoke
    Sweet Artichoke
    July 14, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    ohoh! What a pleasure to find the recipe for these delicious crackers! I love baking savoury crackers and ajwain has an unusual flavour that enjoy so much!!
    I really like your pictures, too, especially the one with ajwain seeds!(the little pink bits are so cute 🙂

  • Sissi
    July 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Thank you for introducing this less known Indian spice. I must have missed it in the Indian grocery shop. Your crackers make me want to try both the recipe and the seeds!

  • sarah
    July 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I love learning about new spices and carom seeds sound like they just might be right up my alley. Gorgeous crackers too!

  • Vimitha
    July 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Tempting pictures dear… Looks so crunchy and perfect for chai…

  • Deepa
    July 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Tried it and it turned out really tasty and crispy. Very creative pix as well 🙂

  • Gourmantine
    July 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Kankana, your photos always have such a warm and happy feel about them. These crackers look so lovely 🙂

  • Divya Yadava
    Divya Yadava
    July 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Gorgeous crackers! I have some ajwain at home, but never quite used it. This will be a great way to try it out!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Mmm, those crackers look so good. I’ve never seen that kind of seed before, but I might give these crackers a try without them, I love making my own crackers 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      Thanks Heidi, you could use roasted cumin seeds too instead 🙂

  • rebecca
    July 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    wow great snack do you know what that little silver dish is ? http://www.rampantscotland.com/know/blknow_quaich.htm, its for drinking whisky from

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      yeah i know 🙂 It’s a gift from a friend. She is from Scotland and explained me all that.

  • rebecca
    July 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    kankana see chow and chatter on facebook posting pictures of mine to make u smile Rebecca

  • Nash at Plateful
    Nash at Plateful
    July 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    We too kinda follow the same tradition of afternoon tea with snack… though these days I’m trying hard to control my urge to bite on to yummy, addictive morsels. You know what I mean? Your first pic reminds me of the teatime savory biscuits I used to enjoy back home. Ohh btw, the pics are gorgeous – I loved them all.

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    July 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    I just had a cup of chai, wish I had these crackers to nibble. I am sure my family will love this one.

  • Kate @ Kate from Scratch
    Kate @ Kate from Scratch
    July 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    These look delicious. This is right up my alley! Gorgeous photos and wonderful food? What more could one ask? Well done, indeed.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    July 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Your crackers look gorgeous! I’ve never heard of carom seed before, but it sounds really interesting.

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Your pictures are so great and really help direct the recipe of these lovely crackers

  • Gopika
    July 14, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Woww.. these crackers look superb.. I am going to stock these for sure.. 😀 More calories.. hehe. looks so crispy and yumm

  • Deepthi
    July 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    wow love your photography, bookmarking it, fell in love with your site, like to visit daily…

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  • Kelly
    July 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Oh, these little carom seed crackers are so great and I love your photos! I enjoy the switch-up of savoury instead of the usual sweet at tea time. Lovely.

  • Jana
    July 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    These look yummy! Your crackers are so pretty, I always find homemade crackers difficult to make. I’ve never heard of carum seed before, it sounds very interesting. Does it taste like anything else out in the cooking world that I might be familiar with? (also, your photography is beautiful, I’m jealous!)

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      Thanks Jana:) I think they taste somewhat like dried thyme except with a stronger flavor!

  • rachu
    July 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    wow.. amazing! the carom seeds picture is breathtaking!!!
    and the cracker is just savory. I can easily get a cup of tea and take a bite from the pics…

  • sonia
    July 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Hi dear, The biscuits are looking aweome. Loved ur pictures and presentation. I am sure they tasted delightful with ur evening cup of tea…gud going, Cheers, Sonia !

  • Anu
    July 14, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    wow awesome crackers….beautiful clicks dear….

  • Deepa
    July 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    I want something to nibble on now after looking at these crunchy crackers….Your photographs are mind blowing …Love that silver container.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • torviewtoronto
    July 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    delicious looking aromatic snacks looks wonderful

  • Apu
    July 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    They look wonderful!!

  • Tes
    July 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Sounds so good 🙂 I love it’s health benefit, too. I will really enjoy this with a cup of tea 🙂

  • peachkins
    July 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I so love the first photo!

  • Hester Casey - Alchemy
    Hester Casey - Alchemy
    July 15, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Kankana, what a wonderful snack. I haven’t tasted carom seed but I shall seek it out at the market. Great photos too. That pickle looks rather delicious too.

  • Rosa
    July 15, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Beautiful crackers! Perfect with cheese. Lovely clicks too.



  • Priti
    July 15, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    Looks beautiful and so the clicks ….just so yum

  • Natalie
    July 15, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    I have a packet of ajwain in the cupboard that I’ve never used! These little crackers look so cute, perfect for this heat. I can’t be bothered to eat dinner, snacking on these would be ideal!!

  • Jenny at Baking Devils
    Jenny at Baking Devils
    July 15, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    These look so good I am going to print off the recipe right away, beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. BTW your Mango and lentil soup looks absoloutely delicious too!

  • Megan @ Pip and Ebby
    Megan @ Pip and Ebby
    July 15, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    GORGEOUS photos…and these look totally delicious!

  • Krithi
    July 15, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Amazing clicks… love these crackers… my kind of comfort snack..

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    July 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    I love ajwain for many purposes – I use it in parathas, home remedies for many ailments too. Those crackers are worth it with a cuppa tea, in a rainy day 🙂

  • Kathryn
    July 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    I swear- each time I go on Foodgawker, I learn something new! I’ve never heard of carom seeds until today- they sound (and look) yummy, though!

  • Faith
    July 15, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Your crackers are so pretty…and I love how flavorful they sound!

  • Maja
    July 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Amazing photos and gorgeous crackers!

  • Ann
    July 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    The crackers are not only beautiful, but look delicious! I love the ritual of a short bite and tea at night…

  • Charissa
    July 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    This looks amazing. I love healthy crackers…I guess it’s a way to justify my unhealthy carb obsession, lol!

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    July 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Perfect tea time snack..looks so crispy and delicious..

  • manju
    July 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    love my teatime and the teatime snacks too! Sadly, AJ is not a big tea/coffee lover so its a lonely teatime for me most of the times (to give him credit, he does give me company sometimes 🙂 but now that mom and dad are here, teatime is back full on!!

    I love ajwain a lot..especially in puris! I some times sneak in a little in pakodas too 😀

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    July 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    These are Mathris aren’t they? Wow, I never knew you could bake them. I love them but always felt they were too much of a hassle to deep fry. Thanks for introducing a healthier way to make them!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      Not exactly Mathris dear.. Mathris are more flaky and deep fried and since I wanted to avoid that i made these crackers 🙂 I love Mathris and have tried making those a couple of times but the taste just doesn’t come out like the store package ones.. hence stopped trying.

  • Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis
    July 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    those look like such tasty little bites! I have never even thought of making my own crackers but you make it seem like something that even I could do!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    July 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Lovely flavours, these look gorgeous!

  • food-4tots
    July 16, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Great finger food! I can have them non-stop!! Too addictive just to look at your beautiful clicks!

  • Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    July 16, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Those look perfect! 🙂

  • Tiffany
    July 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I’ve yet to make crackers, but these look so flavorful, I am compelled to try! 😀

  • Lisa
    July 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Your photos are delightful and I can’t wait to try this recipe! Happy Cooking!

  • Patty
    July 17, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Beautiful post and photos! I haven’t made crackers since my kids were small. I should try your recipe, they look scrumtious!

  • Joanne
    July 17, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    Carom seed…that’s new to me! These crackers look so tasty!

  • Amy @ Hungry Hungry Hippos
    Amy @ Hungry Hungry Hippos
    July 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing the Hindi word for Carom seed too- now I know how to find it when I go shopping!

    I guess you could use sesame seeds/black till as well? I LOVE black till and love sneaking it into as many recipes as possible ^_^

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    July 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Kankana, I am really thinking of being your student for photography classes!

    I am so delighted that you shared this wonderful recipe. The crackers look fresh, crunchy and the combination of ingredients is really cool!

  • Kate@Diethood.com
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    July 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Kankana, I love your crackers! I want to find those carom seeds and make these asap… hopefully my local market carries them!

  • wizzythestick
    July 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    These look fabulous. At first glance I thought they were store bought crackers. Oh wow!

  • Vijitha
    July 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Hello there!
    This is my first time here. You have a lovely space. Enjoyed checking our your posts and must say your photographs are really good.

  • kadhyaa
    July 17, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Kanaka first time here and loved your space. The crackers looks so yummy..will try it out soon..:)

  • aipi
    July 19, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    yum n addictive ~ love these baked crackers!
    Your second pic is breathtakingly gorgeous!
    US Masala

  • sangeeta
    July 19, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Loved the pictures , all of them. These crackers are addictive tidbits for anyone who has had a staple snacking of mathhis all her childhood 🙂 I make them with lemon juice sometimes but never added yogurt. Will try this version too. I like them with ajwain only…no other spices barring a few whole or crushed kaali mirsh …

  • Vandya
    July 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Hi, thanks for visiting my space…because of which I could visit yours and I’m loving it. Loved your posts and pictures. Will be a regular. These crackers look delish and healthy as well.

  • Malli
    July 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Wow!! I am a lover of small bites too with tea:)
    This is such an awesome healthy treat.. I will be making this
    Thnx for sharing such a great recipe.Cheers

  • Vardhini
    July 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Crackers look yummy. Perfect with tea. Love the pictures too.

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  • Roxana GreenGirl
    Roxana GreenGirl
    July 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Kankana, what a delicious treat you’ve shared. I also love munch on crackers and these are definitely a winner. Going to look for some carom seeds at the local Asian store.

  • Sadhana
    August 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    These look awesome and your pictures are real stunner.

  • Uma
    August 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    First time into your space very impressive!ver nice presentation and clicks!

  • marla
    August 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Thanks Marla 🙂 Looking forward to read your post!

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