After starting our journey in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh and tasting their delicious sweetmeats, we are all set to step into the North East today. Lets see what this land of the rising sun has in store for us today.

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the seven North Eastern states where various tribes reside. Its is one of the seven sisters as the group of states in that region are commonly referred to. Arunachal Pradesh is situated at the Northeastern tip of India.

Out of many tribes who live in this state, the Monpa tribe of West Kameng is one. The West Kameng district is named after the tributary of River Brahmaputra, called River Kameng. The economy of the Monpas is basically agrarian and rural based. 

Khapse are made out of Amaranth Flour (commonly known as Rajgira Flour). Amaranth, known as Bungandmo in the native language, is a very precious crop of the Monpas and is conserved by the women. But due to certain factors, the cultivation of this crop is now found only in a few remote villages. Therefore its economic value has increased by 4-5 folds.

Traditionally they are shaped into eight-shaped rolls and fried in mustard oil until crispy. They are stored in well-aerated bamboo containers for up to an year.

Source - here
Ingredients - 

Amaranth Flour / Rajgira Flour 1 cup
Salt as needed
Any spices of your choice (I used Ajwain/Vaamu)
Warm water as needed
Oil for Frying (Mustard oil is used traditionally)

Method Of Preparation -

Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except the oil, knead the flour into a soft dough.

Pinch some dough and roll into a thin rope. Join the ends of the rope to make small circles (like how we make kodabillalu/kodabale).

Heat oil in a pan and deep fry these until they are crisp.

Traditionally they are stored in bamboo containers for a year and consumed as a snack.

Preparation Time 20 min
Makes approx 2 cups
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, April 2, 2014


  1. It was yum!!! looks cute too!!!!

  2. Unknown Says:
  3. crispy and crunchy...

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. very delicious crsipy snack with tea :) Love the shape you have given like a kodbale .. tempting me dear !!

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. Wonderful preparation.. awesome job :)

  8. Harini, i never knew amaranth is rajgira, excellent find for me, loved your beautiful looking khapse

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. I can happily munch some anytime, very crispy and addictive Khapse.

  11. Khapse looks so delicious and crispy. Excellent preparation.

  12. Pavani Says:
  13. Delicious looking khapse. I've never used amaranth flour before and this looks like a perfect recipe to try it.

  14. They look similar to kadboli that we make in Maharashtra. Looks crunchy and delicious.

  15. Priya Says:
  16. i was just thinking abt kodubale n u just mentioned it .awesome snack

  17. Love the rajgira flour you have used. makes it very healthy :)

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. They look crunchy & delicious..

  20. crispy perfect tea time snack..

  21. Anonymous Says:
  22. like them it really looks amazingly made

  23. jayanthi Says:
  24. nice to munch on with tea.. nicely done

  25. Kalyani Says:
  26. Crunchy tempting snack ! Perfect for tea time ;-))

  27. Archana Says:
  28. Delicious and cute. These make me want grab them off the screen.

  29. Looks like crispy snack nice

  30. Nice delicious crunchies. Looks so inviting...

  31. Padmajha Says:
  32. Must look out for this flour. The Khapse looks nice...

  33. what a perfectly crispy snack

  34. Crispy and crunchy snack,must be a delicious one...

  35. Pass me over.. These are truly addictive..

  36. Suma Gandlur Says:
  37. This reminds me of the buttery, crunchy small rings sold in Indian bakeries.

  38. Khapse look like a nice, healthy snack to munch on.

  39. Srivalli Says:
  40. Oh these have turned out so well Harini..not sure how I missed checking out this post..:).I made the same but with apf...and kids snacked on it right away!

  41. I remember reading this post but seems I did not wait for the comment to publish..sorry for that..the munchy snack looks to be s treat . very well made.

  42. I missed this post , khapse looks so cute and interesting!

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