Spicy Indian Crackers

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We felt like we needed to serve something totally different than our usual greens based crackers. We were inspired by Brad’s Raw Indian Crackers though we changed up the ingredients some so they would be better suited for birds. These crackers can occasionally be fed as a single meal in place of a bird’s regular diet.

1 pound carrots

1 large cauliflower

2 medium zucchini

2 cups soaked buckwheat groats

2 jalapeno peppers, deseeded

1 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

3 inch piece of ginger

1 garlic clove

Optional: Curry, cumin, turmeric, or cayenne pepper to taste


Grind the flax and sesame seeds in a hand-blender chopper attachment or coffee grinder. Put all other ingredients in the food processor. Mix everything together in a bowl.  For visual appeal we added a small amount of whole flax and a couple handfuls of shredded carrot. Spread onto parchment paper lined dehydrator trays at about 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick. Score the food to help it dry more evenly. Dehydrate for up to 24 hours, flipping the food after about 8 hours. This recipe will fill the 5 tray Excalibur dehydrator.


Please note: The Spicy Indian Crackers were liked by all 3 greys and my blue crown conure. However, my umbrella cockatoo doesn’t care for them. This is the first time one of our birds hasn’t enjoyed what we’ve made. We’ve made other recipes with jalapeno and the above spices, but I think we made this batch overall a bit too hot and spicy for his taste. Go easy on the above spices if you’re not sure how well your birds like them.