Masala Sticks

Dynamite sticks of flavor

An experiment that turned out into a really good snack. An absolute flavor bomb. I had something called methi sticks once and it was terrible. There was a little flavor but the ingredients used were of really bad quality. The smell of stale oil killed it. So I wanted to try something like those fried sticks but with some quality ingredients. Of course, a little improvisation and some messing around led to these Masala Sticks.

The ingredients are very universal. A flour base with some freshly crushed spices. Almost all the ingredients can be substituted with what is locally available and there are a few options listed at the end of the post. The highlight of this snack is the flavor and that comes from the freshly crushed spices. The pre-packed spice powders can also be used but don’t have the same punch.

This is an easy one. Deep fried & delicious.

Masala Sticks Recipe


  • Refined Flour: 1 cup
  • Clarified butter / Ghee / melted butter: 2 tbsp
  • Crushed Cumin Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Crushed Black Pepper: 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi powder: 2 tsp
  • Baking soda: 1/4 tsp
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Oil: 2 tsp + for deep frying


  • Take the flour in a large bowl and add the ghee or melted butter
  • Heat 2 tsp of oil & pour over the flour. Once the oil cools down, start mixing
  • When pressed, the flour should come together. A brittle ball. If not, add some more ghee and keep mixing
  • Add the spices (cumin, pepper, kasuri methi), baking soda and salt. Mix well
  • By adding small amounts of water, mix all the ingredients to form a firm dough. Set aside for about 30 mins


  • Take a small portion of the dough and using a rolling pin, flatten it into a rectangle
  • Now fold the rectangle at the center & then again to get layers
  • Flatten it again and then cut out long strips. Keep the strips aside
  • Repeat the same with the rest of dough
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying
  • Once the oil is hot, reduce down the heat and fry the dough strips in batches
  • Keep the heat at medium and ensure that the sticks are fried evenly on both the sides
  • Once done, remove the sticks from the oil & place them on a absorbent paper
  • Start munching

Substitute ingredients

The flour, fat and the spices can be easily substituted with other ingredients. Here are a few alternatives.

  • Ghee: Butter / Vegan Butter / vegetable shortening
  • Pepper: Red chili powder / chili flakes
  • Flour: Whole wheat flour / Millet flour (with some wheat flour) / Chick pea flour (gluten-free)


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