CAKES & BAKES/ Snacks & Starters


Is there any one out there who doesn’t like Iyengar bakery goodies ? I am sure not even a single hand raised . Though there are many bakeries in every nook and corner of Karnataka , Iyengar bakery still remains in the top slot . Iyengar bakery toast , dilpasand , honey cake ,potato bun ,veg puff … are something that will surely pull you towards it . The aroma that spreads when these goodies are getting baked .. aaha.. i am getting nostalgic. So today i have for you all iyengar bakery special .. my all time favorite .. Baked Nipattu / Savory Onion Crackers … a perfect healthy tea time snack …

I have already shared recipe of fried nipattu long time back . That is the authentic way of making it and this is the bakery-style . Both the recipes are completely different. Tastewise there is no comparison ..both are equally tasty but if you tell me to choose 1 among them it would surely be this baked nippattu. Baking is indeed a healthy choice when compared to deep frying . The very reason i took oven was to bake many savories . So one fine day when i thought of trying this bakery-style baked nippattu from here , i was so so happy with the outcome. Wow !! The crackers had turned out almost the same to the ones they sell in the Iyengar bakeries. It was spicy with mild sweetness, crispy and so full of flavours. My hubby just couldn’t believe they were homemade ones. I too was on cloud nine.. i had nailed it in my first attempt . That says how easy this recipe is. Since then i have made them atleast 7-8 times and each time I make, the containers are getting emptied sooner than i anticipated. Hehe …. Go ahead friends .. do give a try and be prepared to get loads and loads of accolades …

Do check the detailed recipe here :ย 



Smitha Kalluraya
Course Snack
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 18 piece


  • 2 cups Maida All purpose flour
  • 6 tbsps Oil
  • 4 tbsps Butter, (melted )
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Milk powder, (optional )
  • 4 tsp White sesame seeds
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 3 - 4 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder, ( optional )
  • few Coriander leaves
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsps Sugar
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/4 cup Warm Water, (less than 1/4 cup)


  • Take maida , oil and butter in a bowl .Mix nicely with the tips of your fingers.It will become like breadcrumb.
  • To the flour add milk powder, baking soda, salt ,sugar , pepper powder , sesame seeds, onion, green chillies , coriander leaves and curry leaves . Mix the ingredients nicely with your hand .
  • Add warm water slowly in steps and make a tight dough .Even if you feel dough is very tight , don't add water now.When the dough rests for few minutes , moisture from onion will make the dough a bit loose . So remember not to add extra water .
  • Knead the dough well ,cover and keep aside for 10-15 mins .
  • Meanwhile preheat the oven at 180 deg c for 10 mins .
  • Once the resting time for dough is over , divide the dough into lemon sized balls .Take 1 ball, place it in between 2 thick greased plastic sheets and roll gently to form a poori size thin disc . Alternatively , if you have a roti maker / press , you can keep a ball between the sheets and gently press to get a thin disc .
  • Gently place the nippattu on a greased baking tray .Poke the nipattu with a fork randomly to avoid fluffing up.
  • Continue with the remaining dough in a similar way .
  • Bake the nipattu for about 15-20 mins in 170 deg c . Midway flip once after 10 mins . Once done, place them on a cooling rack to cool .
  • That's it .. crispy yummy baked nippattu is all yours. Store in air tight containers . Stays crisp for atleat 15-20 days .


  1. If you want you can add 1 cup maida and 1 cup wheat flour instead of 2 cup maida.
  2. Making a stiff yet soft dough is very important . Else the nipattus will not become crisp . So be careful while adding water .
  3. Rolling the nippattu thin is important for crispiness . Also it has to be uniform .
  4. To get perfect circle , after you roll or press , you can cut out a neat circle with a suitable size lid . I am very lazy here and usually skip it .
  5. keep an eye towards the end of baking time.. they burn easily .
  6. You can also add roasted crushed peanuts / mint leaves / any other herbs / spice powder .
  7. If you want can omit onion .

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    marudhus kitchen
    April 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Healthy yummy oneโ˜บ

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    Sony P
    April 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Interesting & healthy bake !

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    April 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    looks very tempting dear…

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    Mythri Bhaskar
    April 16, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Mouth wateringggg!!!!!

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    Mythri Bhaskar
    April 16, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Mouth waterringggg!!!

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    Rafeeda AR
    April 16, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Looks so crunchy… wouldn’t mind grabbing a few right now…

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    April 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hi, Chillies are not mentioned in the ingredient list…can u pl update and mention how many needs to be added-Smitha

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    April 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Sorry..missed it !-Smitha

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    Sathya Priya
    April 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Wow they look crispy..Just amazingly prepared nippatu

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    April 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I love the crunchy snacks.. Looks delicious… Need to mention but ur roti maker sounds like a cool one

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    padma veeranki
    April 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Very crunchy snack..Perfect with a cup of coffee:)

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    nandoos Kitchen
    April 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    crunchy and looks great.. nice one..

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    June 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I made them today with a slight variation by adding half cup wheat flour n half cup ragi flour with one cup maida and a bit of jeera. They turned out awesome. Thank you.

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    July 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

    How do we prepare in microwave?

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    July 12, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thank u smita…..I was searching something salty baked snack….I m sure going to try this

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    Jyothi Hs
    August 5, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Tried them today… came out really good :)Thanks !!!

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    Jyothi Hs
    August 5, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Made them today and they came out really good ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks !I

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    Deeksha Pathak
    September 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Nice and healthy snack

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    Deeksha Pathak
    September 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks smitha….I baked them today….came out really tasty

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    Madhavi S
    December 18, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Hello Smitha, Thank you for such a delicious recipe..:-)I baked them today and they turned out really well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you for the recipe ! I tried them and they came out good!

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    May 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for the recipe ! Came out really good !

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    July 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Smitha, I tried your recipe, it came out well. I have a question, would it be same if I turn the top heating element on, instead of flipping them at 10 mins?

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    Shilpa Dixon
    January 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Smitha, thank you sharing thia yummy recipe. I have been making these foe quitw some time now, with a few changes though and they turn out awesome every time. Also, nice collection of recipes and even love your reviews. I and my sis in law too have a cooking blog which we upload with our tried and tested recipes. Do share your views about our blog. TIA

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    September 19, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Smitha,good cooking & a very Happy cooking.thanks for sharing such a wonderful and easy way of cooking.i request you to pls share baking method without oven / NO OVEN.i will be awaiting for your reply.Thanks

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