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Kalakala Sweet Recipe / Diamond Biscuit / Maida Biscuit

by | Dec 31, 2015 | 14 comments

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When we used to live in CA, a couple of us friends would go for walking in the morning after dropping the children at school. After walking, I would spend at-least an hour with Thahira sipping tea and listening to her stories. She is an amazing story teller. Here is a sample. When she was really young may be in her first or second grade, she saw that everyone in school was really sad one day. She learnt that it was to do with her language teacher who was in a christian missionary. She came back home and told her mom that the teacher had become “Reddiar”. Reddiar is a community in Tamilnadu. Her mother was totally shocked and did not quite comprehend what Thahira was saying. Later on, her mother came to know that the teacher had actually “RETIRED”. I just could not stop laughing after hearing this. We still laugh so hard when we talk. There are very few people in life who can make you laugh till your stomach hurts. Hold them tight. நன்பேண்டா. OK. Back to the recipe. So one day Thahira had this Christmas party that was coming at school. She was to bring some Indian snack for the children. Her son was in Kindergarten then. She asked me what she could make that would be kindergarten friendly. We thought about a lot of snacks and sweets but were not convinced. Then she shouted “KALAKALA”. I dint know what kalakala was then. We just called it diamond biscuits. It was a huge hit at school among the little ones. Kalakala is crunchy and very slightly sweet. Its the perfect snack. This is also very traditional Christmas snack made in Tamilnadu. Here is how to do diamond biscuits.

Grind the sugar and the cardamom in a small mixie / grinder to a smooth powder. Set aside.

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Mix in the Maida (All purpose flour), sugar mixture, a big pinch of salt and a big pinch of baking soda. Add in 2 teaspoon of ghee. Don’t add too much ghee. The biscuits will become too soft and soggy. Combine well with your fingers to make sure the ghee is evenly mixed.

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Start adding water. Add very little at a time. Sugar is hygroscopic. So a little water will go a long way. Make a very stiff dough. Make 8 balls out of the dough. Set aside. Dust the dough ball in maida generously and roll each dough ball into a flat circle. Don’t roll it too thin. Roll it a little thicker than chapati.

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Cut the circle into little diamonds with the help of a pie cutter or a knife. I like to use a knife as its super easy and the shape reminds me of my child hood memories. If you want to use a spiral cutter like the one in the picture below, go ahead. If you have a bench scraper, use it. I find it really helpful to transfer the cut diamonds to a plate. I transfer them directly to the oil for frying.

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Heat oil in a pan in medium flame. Gently add in the diamond cuts to the oil. Do not fry the diamonds in very hot oil. As the dough contains sugar, it will caramelize and become really dark if fried in hot oil. Fry on low medium flame until golden.

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Drain the biscuits on paper towels. Store in an airtight container for up-to 4 days.

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Kalakala Sweet Recipe / Diamond Biscuit

Tamil style Crunchy Kalakala biscuits. Also called as diamond biscuits or Maida biscuits. Kids favorite snack.

  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • Measurements Used 1 Cup = 250 ml and 1 teaspoon = 5ml
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 2 Cups Maida / All Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • a big pinch of salt
  • a big pinch of baking soda (aapa soda)
  • Little Flour for dusting
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. Grind the sugar and the cardamom in a small mixie / grinder to a smooth powder. Set aside.
  2. Mix in the Maida (All purpose flour), sugar mixture, a big pinch of salt and a big pinch of baking soda. Add in 2 teaspoon of ghee. Combine well with your fingers to make sure the ghee is evenly mixed.
  3. Start adding water. Add very little at a time. Make a very stiff dough. Make 8 balls out of the dough. Set aside. Dust the dough ball in maida generously and roll each dough ball into a flat circle. Don’t roll it too thin. Roll it a little thicker than chapati.
  4. Cut the circle into little diamonds with the help of a pie cutter or a knife.
  5. Heat oil in a pan in medium flame. Gently add in the diamond cuts to the oil. Fry on low medium flame until golden.
  6. Drain the biscuits on paper towels. Store in an airtight container for up-to 4 days.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilnadu

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14 Comments

  1. Shanmugapriya

    Tried it today and it came out excellent.ur amazing in providing all sort of tips and if we follow the recipe to T we will get awesome outcome.i used to always refer ur cookbook to my friends and teammates who wants try something.thank you so much for all your efforts.






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  2. Radhika M

    Hi Akka, My biscuits turned out to be little harder once it came to room temperature
    Can you please tell me where it might have gone wrong?

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Did you add ghee while making the dough. The ghee will make soft kalakala. Dont add too much or it will become too soft and disintegrate in oil.

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  3. Sreya

    Sugar is getting melted and biscuits are turning into powder once I put them back n hot oil
    Can you help me

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  4. Hema Latha

    Hi can I try using jaggery instead of white sugar. Will it come good.

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  5. Anila

    Very nice recepie..






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  6. Priya Govindaraj

    LOL !! Akka really a good recipe.. Laughed so much as well, touch wood you have a friend like this.

    Akka, can this snack made out of wheat flour?

    Now a days whatever I cook all credit goes to you at home, my MIL asked me to cook a curry (brinjal dish) and I said no I am not confident to do and will try out later. You know what was her immediate reply?

    ” YELA? INKA NE KANNAMA WEBSITE-LA YEALETHA” 🙂

    Thank You again






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Priya. Sure you can make this in wheat flour!

      Reply
  7. Mohammed zunaine

    I loved cooking. Your recipes are more helpfull to me.






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  8. Sasha Abhi

    My mom makes these biscuits! So yummy 🙂 We add powdered sugar once the biscuits are fried and it sticks to the hot biscuits. Adds an extra flavor and sweetness 🙂

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thats nice Sasha. These biscuits are addictive.

      Reply

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