Chickpea Fennel Crackers (Chana Murmura Mathri). Vegan, glutenfree

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Chickpea crackers.(Chana Murmura Saunf Mathri). with cooked chickpeas(garbanzo beans), These munchy crisp crackers are super addictive like the Roasted Garam Masala chickpeas I posted last week and simple too.. Mash chickpeas, add salt, pepper, spice of choice and a binder flour, knead and bake! These keep well in an airtight container for weeks. Or make fun shapes.

I made them with several variations. with wheat flour as binder, the crackers have gluten and are easier to handle in case you want to make intricate shapes.
I added half cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup oat flour and nigella seeds to about 1 cup of cooked chickpeas for the regular version. I love nigella(Kalonji) in crackers!
The second batch, I had some chana masala  leftover.. so I mashed that up with oats and wheat flour and baked them. The crackers had the tang from the tomato sauce and were super fun. Yes we make chana masala/chole variations, every 10 days or so and some days we do have leftovers.
Then I decided to try a Wheatless version. and came up with these glutenfree Puffed Rice fennel crackers. recipe below.

  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained if canned. Soaked overnight and pressure cooked till tender, if using dry beans)
  • 1/2+ cup puffed rice (rice krispies)
  • 3+ Tbsps chickpea flour
  • 1/2+ teaspoon salt (depends on the chickpeas you use, the canned ones might already be salted)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black salt(kala namak)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (Saunf) you can also sub other spices like Cumin, carom or nigella seeds or herbs like thyme, basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or organic canola oil
Mash the Chickpeas well.
Pulse the puffed rice to get a coarse flour. Add this flour, salt, pepper, spices and oil to the chickpeas and knead for 2 minutes until well combined. Taste test and adjust salt and spice. (Use Wheat flour to make the dough easier to handle in case you want to make intricate shapes)
The dough will be sticky but will mostly fall apart when you try to roll it out. Add chickpea flour and knead to make a non sticky dough.
Depending on the chickpeas used (canned versus cooked), you might not need extra moisture. If the dough it too dry and crumbles, add a few teaspoons of water at a time and knead into a somewhat holding together dough.
Check by pressing a small portion out into a round disc. If it falls apart while pressing, then add a little more Chickpea flour and drops of water to make the dough smoother.
Roll this out between 2 parchment papers into a little less than 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out favorite shapes, or just cut parallel lines using knife or pizza cutter. Dont worry if each piece doesnt separate completely.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 25-35 minutes.
After 15 minutes, break the crackers and move the center ones out.. Keep checking the crackers for crispness. Bake time depends on the thickness of the crackers. The crackers are done as soon as the centers are not soft.
Snack with your favorite chutneys, hummus or dips! or as is or with soups.

These Crackers are headed to Ricki's wellness weekend, Hearth and soul blog hop and Slightly indulgent Tuesdays. and Vardhini's Bake Fest event hosted by Sangeetha at Spicy Treats, and Radhika's lets cook 10


  1. These look so hearty! Great for scooping up more hummus for a meta-snack, ha. I've got to try these. The fennel seeds must give a great flavor.

  2. Delicious n perfect...
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  3. i love how simple and healthy these crackers are! :D

  4. I have been looking for a new cracker recipe now that it's soup season, and I think this might just be it!

  5. I really like the idea of this cracker!

  6. Sounds, seems, and looks great!
    By the way Richa ... line # 4: add* salt ;) :P :)

  7. thats so healthy and wonderful choice...crackers look so crunchy and yummy...thank you so much for linking it to the event...

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  8. Thanks Maud.. yes i love fennel in crackers..

    Thanks Julie. i will surely drop by!

    Thanks Junia.. i have been trying to make some quick short fun recipes!

  9. Thanks Shannon, do let me know when u try them!

    Thanks Anh!

    Thanks for proofreading Nisha:))

    Thanks Sangee.. love the collection of baked goods at your fest!

  10. ahhh! I want to make these!

    Too bad for me, I'm eating mostly raw up until Christmas day and then for the rest of December the day after.
    But! I will make these January 1st. I will!

  11. The crackers look wonderfully crisp...great recipe!

  12. This looks crisp and flavorful....Love it

  13. You are so creative girl...these mathris look really lovely..and I will love to have them with my new addiction- soy masala tea :)

  14. Really interesting crackers, R, and so healthful. Love the craggy look and the flavors you've added

  15. Very healthy, delicious & crunchy crackers........awesome recipe.

  16. i love the combo of chickpeas and puffed rice! brilliant!

  17. Hmmm, I'd like to try this, minus the fennel because I just don't like its taste:(

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  18. Thanks isobelle. i will remind u in jan ;)

    Thanks you Poornima, Reshmi!

    Thanks Raji! yep these go well with any hot beverage! good going with soy milk tea!

  19. Thanks TP, the craggy look is coz of no gluten and is the definitely fun! :)

    Thanks Alpana!

    Thanks Caitlin! yep the rice makes them a bit porous else the crackers can get really hard if baked a bit longer.

    Thank you Olah momma, you can use some other seeds like cumin or nigella!

  20. I will keep this recipe in mind the next time I have chickpeas to use up! I like having something easy to make to eat dips and hummus with!

  21. You've outdone yourself in photography Richa! :) Stunning pics of the dish! Looks yum!

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  22. These crackers sound delicious and I love all the possible variations you have suggested as well! Great photos too! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  23. Those look great! I always forget about fennel, so yummy and great for digestion.

  24. Thanks Genevieve, April, Kavi and Brittany.
    Yes fennel is great for digestion! esp with all these beans:)

  25. I love how you've used rice puffs! I *still* have some of my box of rice bubbles left. They never end!! :P

  26. Super protienious delicous!!! I am tagging this..


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