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Ooty Varki Recipe

Course Cookies
Cuisine Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings 6 Persons


  • For The Dough:
  • Maida / All Purpose Flour - 150 gm
  • Sugar - 50 gm
  • Oil-3 tbs
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Water - as needed
  • For The Layering:
  • Oil
  • Maida as needed


  • In a bowl, mix together maida, salt, sugar and oil to form a crumbly mixture.
  • Add enough water to make it into a soft pliable dough.
  • Cover and set aside for two hours. You can even let it sit overnight at room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Take the dough onto the counter.
  • Apply generous oil so that it doesn't stick to the counter.
  • Roll it into a thin rectangle which should be transparent enough to see through.
  • Pour two or three table spoons of oil on the rectangle and add three tablespoons of flour.
  • Mix well to make a spreadable paste. Add more oil or flour if needed.
  • Spread the paste evenly on the entire rectangle.
  • Fold 1/3rd of the rectangle inside and fold the opposite side also inside to form a letter fold.
  • Now pour more oil and add flour and make a paste and cover the surface entirely.
  • Again fold twice to make a letter fold and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Now roll it into a thin rectangle again.
  • Slice it into 5 equal stripes.
  • Lift each stripe, pull some dough from it and roughly make it into a round shape pinching the top.
  • Arrange them on a tray.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the varkis are brown.
  • Cool on wire rack and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.


Variations: The shapes of varkis can vary. You can pinch portions out of the stripes into balls and bake. This will give you a rounded varki. You can also slice them into neat squares or rectangles and bake, which will look like puff pastry. But the rustic pinched version is the most common one available.