Flax Seed Cracker Raw Food Recipe (Matri Indian Food Savory Snack)

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Flax Seed Cracker Recipe

Savory Seed Cracker Matri
Savory Seed Cracker Matri. Photo © [S Khalsa]

This tasty matri is a healthy raw food crispy snack made from flax seeds, buckwheat groats, and other seeds, flavored with traditional Indian spices such as jeera (cumin seed) and black pepper corns. The seed blend is soaked for 8-12 hours and dehydrated for approximately the same amount of time. The result is a delicate delicious savory seed cracker that you have to taste to believe.

Seed Cracker Recipe

Makes about five trays or six dozen seed cracker matri. when prepared with prayer or mediation these savory snacks are perfect for any bibek langar occasion as a healthy alternative to deep fried .

  • 1 1/2 cups raw oat groats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw flax seed (golden, or brown)
  • 1 cup raw sesame seed (white hulled, or brown un-hulled)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seed
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seed
  • 1/4 cup raw chia seed
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper corn
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed or ajwain
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seed
  • Sprinkle with sea salt or pink Himalayan salt grinder
  • Optional - 1 tablespoon each: minced onion, garlic, and green chilies
  • 5 - 7 cups water

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Soak Seeds In Water

Soaking Seeds
Soaking Seeds. Photo © [S Khalsa]Soak Seed

Add all dry seeds to a large bowl and add water. Begin with about 5 cups of water. Seeds will soak up water very quickly. Add more water if seed mixture seem at all stiff. Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds only need enough water to swell up. Chia seeds, flax seeds and oat groats all form a kind of gel when water is added that helps to hold the crackers together when dehydrated. Soaked seed mixture should jiggle, but not be runny. Soak seeds about 2-12 hours , or all day, or over night. If you wish seeds to sprout they may need to be refrigerated for up to 2 days, so that they do not sour. It is not desirable to rinse seeds, as the gel formed is crucial to cracker making.

Water to Seed Ratio

Every seed has a different ratio to water, some require more others much less. Use this guide to determine how much water to add when soaking seeds. Always begin with less water and add more after an hour or two if needed.

  • Chia seeds can hold up to 10 times their volume in water.I use about 4 times the ratio of water to chia seeds when making crackers to dehydrate, or 1 cup of water for every quarter cup of chia seed.
  • Flax seeds will soak up at least twice their volume of water. Start with 2 cups of water for every cup of flax seed.
  • Oat groats will hold about 1 1/2 times their volume of water. Start with about 1 cup of water to 1 cup and oat groats. Add 1/2 cup more of water if mixture is dry or stiff.
  • Sesame seeds will soak up about an equal volume of water or 1 cup of water for 1 cup of sesame seed. White sesame seeds hold less water than brown or un-hulled sesame seed.
  • All other seeds need only to be barely covered with water. Adding extra water may not be necessary depending on the volume of water used with gel forming seeds.

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Dehydrate Soaked Seeds

Dehydrate Flax Seed Cracker on Parchment Paper
Dehydrate Flax Seed Cracker on Parchment Paper. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Line dehydrator trays with parchment paper. It is extremely important when using a dehydrator to use only "parchment paper" to cover dehydrator trays. Non stick baking paper and wax paper stick to the bottom of seed crackers, making them very difficult to remove, as the paper clings in between the seeds and causes the crackers to break. Drop small spoonfuls of seed mixture onto parchment paper and gentry press to flatten if needed. Use a salt grinder and twist once or twice to sprinkle each cracker with sea salt or Pink Himalayan mineral salt. Place trays into dehydrator and set at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Dehydrate for 6 - 12 hours. It depends on how wet your seed mixture is as to how long it will take them to dehydrate. Crackers will loosen and be easy to remove from paper when moisture has been completely dehydrated. It is possible (and yummy) to eat crackers before they are done dehydrating, however they have to be completely dehydrated for storage purposes so that they do not spoil due to excess moisture.

If you live in an area where day time temperatures reach 105 degrees, it may be possible to drop seed mixture by spoonful onto cookie sheets and place in the sun for several hours. Alternately place cookie sheet beneath a wood burning stove in winter, or inside a very "slow" oven that can be set below 200 degrees.

Raw Food Diets and Dehydrators

Dehydrator Resources

Dehydrators are available in a variety of styles. Square stacking trays with a fan at the rear to blow away moisture helps to prevent dripping, and speeds the dehydration process.

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Serve Seed Crackers

Flax Seed Cracker With Avacado
Flax Seed Cracker With Avacado. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Crispy savory seed crackers flavored with Indian spice seeds have a very similar taste to Indian food snacks and may be eaten plain just like matri. Flax cracker mathi also make a delicious and filling mini meal when topped with sliced avocado, or served with raw humus.

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