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Diamond Cuts Recipe | Kerala Sweet Diamond Cut Recipe | Aaram number Recipe | Petti snack Recipe

Diamond Cuts Recipe | Kerala Sweet Diamond Cut Recipe | Aaram number Recipe | Petti snack Recipe with detailed photos and video

Diamond cuts are a traditional snack of Kerala. Sugar coated and crunchy diamond snack is everyone's favorite.  In my childhood, this snack was frequently prepared in my home. It is a famous bakery item. So Let us discuss the diamond cut recipe today.

    Why the name diamond cuts?

    Diamond cuts, strange name right? This name may be because of its shape. The dough is cut into diamond shape. There are so many other names for this snack.

    Other names of diamond cuts ?

    Diamond cuts are also known as aram number or petti snack in some region. I don't  know why it is called by these strange names. In my native, the name 'diamond cuts' is familiar, I think it is very apt for this.

    How to make diamond cuts?

    Diamond cut dough can be prepared with maida or wheat flour. Today, I will be sharing the bakery style maida based diamond cuts recipe. If you want to avoid maida, you can try with wheat flour. Other ingredients are salt, oil and water. A thick and soft dough is made, rolled and cut into diamond shape, deep fried and sugar coated. 

    Tips to Make diamond cuts

    1. Diamond cuts can be made using both maida and wheat flour. In Kerala bakeries maida is used, but you can use wheat flour especially, when you want to avoid maida. The diamond cuts made with wheat flour will be slightly darker in terms of color. 
    2. Oil or ghee is used to make this snack crisp and crunchy. I recommend you to put ghee in the dough, as it not only make the diamond cuts crunchy but also enhances its flavor.
    3. Sesame seed is another ingredient. But this is optional. I tried to recreate the recipe, which I tasted in my childhood. In my native, people add sesame seeds in diamond cuts. But if you are allergic to sesame seed avoid it.
    4. The prepared diamond cuts should be fried till crisp and crunchy before pouring the sugar syrup. Also, start making the sugar syrup only after frying all the diamond cuts.
    5. Consistency of batter is very important. Make thick and soft dough to make crisp and crunchy diamond cuts.

    Serving options

    Diamond cuts are teatime snacks. Serve with a cup of coffee or hot milk.

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    Sugar coated crunchy teatime snack

    Preparation time:15 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes |Total time: 25 minutes 


    For diamond cuts
    • 1.5 cups all purpose flour (maida) 
    • 1.5 tsp oil / ghee
    • 3/4 tbsp sesame seeds | Ellu | thil 
    • Salt to taste
    • A generous pinch of turmeric powder or lemon yellow food color (optional, I didn't use)
    • 1/2 cup or 9 tbsp to 10 tbsp warm water 
    • Oil for frying
    For sugar syrup
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup water

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    Diamond cuts Recipe With Step by Step Photos

    Step 1:- Dough Preparation

    The first step in the preparation of diamond cut, is preparation of the dough. Diamond cuts are prepared in white or yellow color. So If you prefer yellow colored diamond cuts, put one generous pinch of turmeric powder or lemon yellow food color. I personally do not agree to use food color in the recipes, especially when I prepare the dish for my kids. But you can add if you prefer.
    1. Take 1.5 cups maida in a bowl. Put one generous pinch of salt. Salt is used to balance its taste.

    2. Put 1.5 tsp of oil or Ghee to get a nice crispiness to the snack. I used ghee for this recipe. Ghee will enhance its flavor and taste.

    3. Further put 3/4 tbsp to 1 tbsp sesame seeds. This is an optional ingredient.

    4. Mix well.

    5. Add water little by little and make a nice thick and soft dough. I used almost 10 tbsp or 1/2 cups of water. The amount of water depends on the type of flour we use. So add water in batches, mix and use extra water only if required.

    6. Apply some ghee on top and let it rest for ten minutes.

    7. After the resting time, cut the dough into two equal parts.

    8. Dust with flour and roll each part into thin discs using a chapati roller. Dust some flour on both sides.

    9. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut make straight cuts at 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch apart.

    10. Next, make diagonal cuts starting from the corner to make diamond shapes.

    11. Separate the prepared dough carefully with your hands and set aside.

    Step 2: -Frying

    Frying the dough is an important step. Please do follow the step carefully to avoid discoloration and burning.
    1. Heat oil in a pan.

    2. When hot put diamond cuts and fry on high flame till it bubbles.

    3. When the diamond cuts start to bubble, gently separate them using a spatula and decrease the flame to medium. Let it cook over medium flame till it turns crisp and crunchy.

    4. When the diamond cuts attains a nice light pinkish or dull white color, remove from the oil and set aside. 

    5. Repeat the process.

    Step 3:- Preparation of sugar syrup

    Prepare the sugar syrup only after frying all the diamond cuts. 
    1. Take 3/4 cup sugar in a pan. Pour 1/4 cups water. 

    2. Let it melt over high flame. When the sugar melts fully and come to a sticking texture (just before half thread consistency), switch off the flame.

    Step 4: - Mixing
    1. Pour immediately on the diamond cuts. Note: Sugar will crystallize when it sits. So use immediately.

    2. Mix well. Let it sit for next ten to fifteen minutes. When the sugar crystallizes and make a thin coat over the snack, you can serve.

    3. Enjoy.

    Happy cooking 

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