• Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Urad dhal flour – 1/4 cup
  • Red Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafotida powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Butter or ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Bengal gram dhal – 2 tablespoon
  • Oil for deep frying


  1. Soak Bengal gram dhal for about 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Sieve rice flour and urad dhal powder. Add soaked Bengal gram dhal, chilli powder, asafetida, butter and salt to the flour. Mix well. Add water little by little and make a dough. Take little dough and put it in a greased plastic sheet. Pat it and make it thin and round. Prick it a fork in two or three places, so that when it is fried, it will not raise like puri and it will be flat.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai. When it is hot, put four or five round thattai and fry till it become golden brown and crisp. Store it in an airtight container.
  4. Note: If you like garlic taste, then instead of red chilli powder, you can grind 3 to 4 red chillies along with five to six garlic flakes and add it to the flour while mixing.
  5. If you are making in bulk quantity, you can mix raw rice, pottukadalai, urad dhal (Fry slightly) and send it to Flour Mill for grinding. In such case for 1 cup rice, add half cup Pottukadalai and 1 tablespoon fried Urad dhal.


  1. hi aunty, i am going to try this thattai now for diwali…it is simple but i dont no how to make urad dhal flour.. so na urad dhal a varuthuto powder panikiten. like tat use panalama aunty?

  2. rice flour is made by me 1 week ago. is it enough for this?

  3. aunty, please let me know how to make ukkarai (okkarai) also for this deepavali?

  4. thanks for the receipe of okkarai…i will surely try this..

  5. madam please tell some diet recipe for sugar patients

  6. really ur site is more usefull to me,so thanks madam,i feel that my mother telling ,thanks alot mam

  7. Hi,

    I tried the thattai with the same ingredients. Mine is not crunchy. it becomes soft after sometime. why is it so ? what could be the mistake?

    • Hi Vidya,

      The reason may be it was not fried properly. You have to make uniform thin rounds and allow to dry (before frying) for few minutes so that the wetness in the thattai will be dried. Also you have to fry in medium heat. If you fry it high heat, outer portion will be fried quickly, but inner portion will not be fried that much. In such case, thattai will become soft after sometime. Please try with little quantity and let me know the result.

  8. Hi Kamala,

    I tried thattai, its not came out well, 🙁 the dough was like pootu preparation, so have used some Maida flour otherwise i was not able to make rounds, its breaks. pls clear me where i have mistaken .. I have used roasted urad dal powder (prepared myself) . When you say rice flour there are diffferent kind, i have used the one we use for iddiappam,
    i must say that i have saved my thattai by adding maida and well dried each thattai between tissue papers. taste was ok but its not crispy at all 🙁

    • Hi Prabha,

      Very sad. I think you have not added enough water to make the dough. Moreover, idiappam flour is a processed one and it may be slightly course. You have to use raw rice flour (soak the rice for one to two hours, drain the excess water and powder it like making flour for adirasam) and add enough water to make the dough like “Murukku Dough”. Moreover you have to fry in moderate heat till it is crisp.

  9. Thank you Sheela for your feed back.

  10. Dear Madam,

    Hope things are going fine at ur end.Mam ur webiste is amazing pretty good..It gave lot of pretty information to me in cooking very very easy madam…..I have no words for u MAM keep on rocking.Thanks a lot

  11. Hi Kamala, I made my thattai with a mild change instead of rice and urad flour, I used murukku maavu with chilli pwd, red chilli flakes, Bengal gram and 1tsp of garlic pwd which gave nice flavor and aroma. It came out good, thanks for ur recipes.

  12. Ranjini Prabhakar

    Thanks Kamala for Thatai recipe.It came out fine when I made it yesterday but today it looks like soft inside.Maybe as you said I should have dried it out before frying.Thanks for the recipe,glad I could make what my mother used to do.Your recipes are all great & I keep trying them often,Keep going & help us take interest in cooking!

  13. Hi,
    I have tried all the other recipes of making a thattai. But none came out well. But this time thanks to you, it was awesome.

  14. If you can post the method of making cheedai it would be good

  15. Dear kamala mam,

    Past 3 years I am cooking with the help of your website, it’s really simple and easy to understand. Last year and this year I referred thatti , mulllu muruku ,ribbon muruku,maysor pak( last year first 2 times I wasted it) and coconut burfi. Thanks for ur post.

  16. karpagalatha

    mam first i thank for you your receipes are easy i.gridient and easy to make i feel you are teaching to near by me. thanks a lot

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