Pepper Button Thattai Recipe

Pepper Button Thattai – Crispy, crunchy and bite-sized peppery thattai that just melts in your mouth.

pepper button thattai recipe

Make these crispy and crunchy bite-sized, peppery thattai for your tea-time snack and you will enjoy munching on these tiny buttons. Flavored with just pepper and cumin seeds, these super crunchy snack will just melt in your mouth. I got this wonderful idea of making button thattai from Aval Vikatan supplementary book and used my recipe to make them. The only drawback is that you need more time to make these buttons but it is worth the effort. Kids will be excited to snack on these. You can also make regular thattais with this dough. Let us see how to make Pepper Button Thattai.

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Pepper Button Thattai Recipe:

Cuisine : Indian – Tamilnadu
Category : Snacks
Makes : 2 cups (app.)

Preparation Time : 10 min
Cooking Time : 1 hr 15 min

Pepper Button Thattai – ReciCode

Mix rice flour, roasted urad dal flour, roasted gram dal flour (pottu kadalai flour), coarsely ground pepper & cumin seeds, butter, asafoetida & salt in a bowl → Add water little by little & knead to make a smooth dough → Take a small pinch of the dough → Roll into a ball & press between your fingers to make small discs → Fry the buttons in hot oil → When the bubbles stop, cook for 10 more seconds → Drain with a laddle → Store in an airtight container once it cools down.

1 cup : 240 ml


  • 1 cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Gram Dal Flour (Pottu Kadalai Flour)
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Urad Dal Flour
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground Pepper & Cumin Seeds
  • 2 pinches of Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying

How to make Pepper Button Thattai?

1. Take rice flour, roasted urad dal flour, roasted gram dal flour, butter, coarsely ground pepper & cumin seeds, asafoetida, salt in a bowl and mix well. I have used store-bought urad dal flour. So I roasted it over medium flame till it released a good aroma. You can also make it at home. Dry roast urad dal until you get a good smell and allow it to cool. Grind to a fine powder. Sieve before using.

2. Add water little by little and knead to make a smooth dough. You should be able to make a ball that doesn’t break. That is the right consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth so that the outer part doesn’t turn dry.

3. Take a small pinch of the dough. Roll into a ball with your fingers. Press between your thumb and index finger to make small discs. The discs don’t have to be thin. Just make sure that the centre is not  too thick. Arrange the buttons on a greased polythene sheet. This part takes time but worth the effort. If you do not have time, you can make regular thattai with the same dough.

4. Heat oil in a pan. Drop the buttons carefully. Do not dump the oil with the buttons. If you add more, the temperature of the oil will be reduced and the buttons won’t get fried properly.

5. Fry over medium flame till the bubbles stop. After that cook for 10 more seconds so that the buttons are cooked completely. Otherwise the centre portion will remain soft.

6. Drain the buttons from the oil. Let them cool down. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee/tea.


  • Don’t add more water at first. Add little by little and knead the dough.
  • Always keep the dough covered with a damp cloth. The outer part becomes dry soon if it is not covered.
  • As the buttons are small, they turn dry soon. So do not make the buttons in advance. Prepare buttons that are required for each batch alone.
  • If you are preparing in large quantities, don’t knead the entire flour at first. If you do so, the last few batches will turn dark. To get it right, mix all the dry ingredients at first. Split into many portions. Knead only one portion at a time. 
  • If making buttons are time consuming, you can make regular thattais with this dough. 
  • I have not added chana dal soaked in water, chopped curry leaves etc. to ease the process of making the buttons. You can add them if you want.


Happy Cooking!


6 thoughts on “Pepper Button Thattai Recipe

  1. Hi Akka, I just tried this button thattai recipe and it turned out yummy 😋. My daughter liked it very much. Thanks for sharing it

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