Sweet Diamond Cuts
Diamond cuts is a crispy deep fried tea time snack. It is cut into diamond shapes and is made with maida and eggs and so is also called maida chips or as maida biscuts.There is both spicy and sweet version.This was one of my favorite snack when I was a kid have nostalgic memories of my grandmother and mom making this as onam palaharam. My personal favorite is this the egg less sweet version but if you like the egg version beat in two egg while mixing the dough.It is a quick and yummy snack.
Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups
Butter- 2 tbs
Baking powder- a pinch
Salt- 1/3 tsp
Sugar- 3 tsp
For the syrup
Sugar- 1 cup
Lemon juice- a few drops.
Mix maida,sugar,baking powder and salt. Add room temperature butter and rub the flour with your hand so that mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle water little by little and mix to make a smooth and soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and allow this to rest for 15-20 minutes.
To make the syrup mix sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan and boil till the sugar melts. Reduce the flame and allow the syrup to thicken into one thread consistency. Add crushed cardamons and a few drops of lemon juice. Allow to cool.
Knead the dough once more and make it smooth and workable. Divide into lemon sized balls. Using a rolling pin flatten into round circle. Using a knife cut diagonally to the right and make thin one inch strips.Next cut diagonally from left to make the diamond shape. Fry them in medium hot oil till it is golden brown and crispy. Strain in paper towels and allow to cool down. Pour the sugar syrup over the fried diamond cuts and toss well. Allow this to rest for some time.Serve with tea.
Hope you will all enjoy.