06 July 2011

Crack-tastic besan and thyme crackers


One of my favourite 'road trip ' snacks are chickpea crackers or besan crackers. Tasty, relatively healthy and gluten free - a perfect little snack really.

So when I came across this recipe for homemade chickpea crackers, I was rather excited.


Then when I saw that it was basically mix...









And bake....


Well I could not be happier!


Delicious homemade crackers from idea to table in under 30 minutes.


Made all the more delicious with the addition of fresh thyme.



Who needs store bought when homemade is so simple!?



Using the blend of besan and herbs as a base….


I cannot wait to experiment with a few more varieties!



Crack-tastic besan and herb crackers ((based on this recipe)

  • 1 cup besan flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or any other herb of your choice)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 175C.
  2. Sift together the chickpea flour and salt into a medium bowl. Stir through the sesame seeds, thyme and paprika. Make a well in the centre.
  3. Mix the water and olive oil together, then pour into the well.
  4. Stir until combined into a dough, then form a ball.
  5. Place the ball of dough between two pieces of baking paper, and roll out until as thin as possible.
  6. Remove the top layer of baking paper, then cut into desired shape using a pizza cutter. Prick the surface of each cracker with a fork, then transfer the sheet to a baking tray.
  7. Bake for 16 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven, then allow to cool before breaking crackers at pre-cut edges.

What about you? Have you ever made your own crackers?


  1. These look amazing. I can't believe how simple they appear to make, and such basic and healthy ingredients.

  2. Hehe goodness I have just made my own crackers too! Been working on my recipe for a while now, I can't wait to share it. How fun is it! Yours look superb, lady!
    Heidi xo

  3. these look so good - haven't made crackers for ages but these simple ones sound like something I could rustle up quickly

  4. I used besan flour in cupcakes and it was a bit overwhelming, but these would make the most of it's yummy flavour, great!

  5. I've never made homemade crackers - they look so intimidating. But you make it look and sound easy so maybe I should try!

  6. Ohmygosh, fantastic! I've wanted to make crackers for months but was scared it would be tricky. These would be amazing with hummus!

  7. Oh yum! I've made whole wheat crackers a few times and they're always delicious. It's suprising how easy it is to make crackers!

    I've given you a "blog award" on my blog: http://lublink.org/alison/?p=1316

    Thanks for being a great blogger!

  8. Oh my gosh! These look so simple and TASTY! I totally cracked up at the name of your post hahah :)

  9. I really want to make my own crackers! Those look amazing.

  10. Oh yum!! These look super delicious!

  11. Wow, they look delicious and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. They look like they just came from a box! That's awesome! Besan flour is just chickpea flour, right? I've never heard it called that before; just chickpea flour or garbanzo bean flour. I want to try this so much!

  13. Damn! I wish I had seen this recipe before I threw out the besan flour!

  14. I've never made my own crackers before, but those look really yummy.

  15. Besan is actually the Indian name for chickpea flour...hahah I've always ever known it as besan and never knew how to describe it until I realised that they were the same thing!

    We use besan in a fair few Indian dishes - my fave is potato pakoras - you make a batter out of the besan with spices in it, dip the thinly sliced potatos (can use any veggie and/or paneer as well) and fry them. Not the most healthiest, but the most delicious snack with a cup of spicy ginger tea on a rainy day :) Hmm...makes me want to post a recipe now!

    The crackers look great too and so easy to make - I've never really eaten much crackers tho - what would you typically eat them with? Hommus/dips?

  16. Those look awesome! I made crackers with besan before but they were always sweet. I think savory would be much better! Although the kind I tried was a very wet batter so I really want to try these, it looks so easy to work with!

  17. ooh, so yummy. i should check the indian market for chickpea flour!! need to try these :)

  18. they look great, i have made chickpea crackers too, a ledelicieux recipe but its made with pureeing chickpeas and they are really really good, i have made them more than once!

  19. Thyme is my favorite herb. I think I would love these crackers. Very nice work, they look like they would be absolutely yummy to snack on!

  20. I've never heard of that flour before, but it looks amazing!

    With a little sliver of white cheese...yes!!!

  21. They look great! Much better making your own crackers so you know exactly what goes into it.

  22. These look so so good, I am definitely going to make these.

  23. I recently saw a thyme cracker recipe on Smitten Kitten and it had a hell of a lot more oil than yours. Definitely keen to try this.

  24. These crackers look great. Thanks for posting them! Here's a recipe I've made for my kids and they love it... http://raiasrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/10/easy-cheese-n-chia-crackers.html

  25. I'm so happy I found this recipe. I don't like to give my son crackers at all, but that is mainly because of the additives they put in them in the factories (yuck). Of course he cries for them so I'm happy I can make my own now, knowing there are no unhealthy ingredients in it. Thanks

  26. Oh and forgot to add:
    There are other home made crackers on the internet BUT they all use wheat flour and not besan!
    Chick peas are so healthy, full of protein! :-)

  27. I've made these twice now and both times were easy and delicious. The second batch I added ground cumin. My husband wants me to make them all the time now! Thank you for a great recipe.