How to make Chola Fali Fafda -

The popular Gujarati snack fafda made with chola fali atta.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Chola fali atta, Papad khar

Cuisine : Gujarati

Course : Snacks and Starters


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Chola Fali Fafda

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Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism.  The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat.  The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion.  The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 51-60 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chola Fali Fafda Recipe

  • Chola fali atta 1 1/2 cups

  • Papad khar 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 1 tablespo

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 tablespoon

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies 2

  • Curry leaves 5-6

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Black salt (kala namak) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Combine chola fali atta, 3 tablespoons hot water, papad khar and salt in a bowl. Mix and knead well into a hard dough using more hot water if required. Set aside for 15 minutes. Place the dough on a hard base and pound it for 3-4 minutes and set aside again for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Divide the dough into medium equal portions and roll out into thin rotis.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan.

Step 4

Combine gram flour and ½ cup water in a bowl and mix well. Ensure that there are no lumps.

Step 5

Add mustard seeds in the pan and let them splutter. Add green chillies and curry leaves and sauté well.

Step 6

Add dissolved gram flour and mix well. Add turmeric powder, salt, sugar, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon red chilli powder. Mix well and set aside.

Step 7

Make horizontal cuts on rotis and then cut into half. These are fafdas.

Step 8

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Deep-fry fafdas till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 9

Combine remaining red chilli powder and black salt in a bowl and mix well.

Step 10

Sprinkle chilli powder-black salt mixture on fafdas and serve with cooked gram flour mixture.

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