Gathiya is a delicious crunchy snack made of chickpea (aka garbanzo flour aka gram aka besan) flour popular all over India. This version is Jamnagari style, named for a town in Gujarat. It’s seasoned with ajwain (bishop weed), black pepper and cumin. The individual pieces are actually about an inch long making them larger than most other types of namkeen (salty snacks).
The black pepper provides a little punch and a nice contrast to the slight natural sweetness of “gram.” The cumin gives a roasted flavor and the ajwain an aromatic, almost refreshing taste. Despite their appearance they’re only about a 4 on the crunch scale. They a happy medium between crunchy and melt in the mouth. These snacks were an excellent discovery raided from my Parents’ pantry during a recent visit. It was purchased at Patel Brothers. The label doesn’t explicitly state gluten free but there are no gluten ingredients listed in this product.