Fried Mini Tortilla (Tathai)

Serves: 2; Preparation Time: 15 min


The South Indian typical snack “Tathai” is similar to a fried tortilla, So I named it as fried mini tortilla. The snack goes well with any hot beverage during evenings. The recipe can instantly prepared with very few ingredients. Usually, “Tathai” is prepared during the Indian Hindu festival “Krishna Jayanti / Janmashtami”- Celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity “Krishna”. Other than tathai, many other sweets & hot snacks are prepared to make offering to “Lord Krishna”.


  • Rice Flour – 2 cup
  • Split bengal gram (Chana Dal) – 1 tablespoon (soaked in water for 10min)
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – A pinch
  • Black gram (Urad dal) powder – 1/2 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt for taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Foil paper for flattening 
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup (OPTIONAL)


  • Take a mixing bowl and add 2 cup rice flour, 1 tablespoon soaked split bengal gram, 1 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, 1/2 cup black gram powder, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, salt for taste and 1/2 cup grated coconut (optional). Mix well to make a dough.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions and  then shape/ roll into balls.
  • Take a sheet of aluminum foil and flatten the rolled balls into a thin layer (NOT too thin), by pressing the rolls gently with fingers.
shaping on aluminum foil sheet
  • Heat oil in a pan, on a medium flame. 
  • Fry the flattened tathai (mini tortillas), until they are cooked well. Take them onto a tissue paper, once they change to a brown shade.
Frying in hot oil
  • Crispy fried mini tortilla (tathai) is ready to serve.
Crispy tathai
Tathai served hot

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