Namak Para (8 fun Ways)
Namak Pare or Namak Para (Nimki) is a popular crispy, flaky and crunchy deep-fried savory Indian snack. Make this delightful snack with a video tutorial.
Recipe Source Link:https://www.mygingergarlickitchen.com/namak-para-recipe/
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Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 30 minutes
Total Time = 40 minutes
Category = Snack
Cuisine = Indian
Serves = 6
Nutrition Info = 302 calories
Serving Size = 100g
» For Namak Para:
- 2 cups all purpose flour (maida), or atta (whole wheat flour)
- 1.5 teaspoons salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon crom seeds (ajwain)
- 1/2 cup warm water, or as required
- 3 tablespoons ghee/oil
- Oil for deep frying
» How to Make Namak Para Dough:
- Add maida, salt, ajwain, and ghee to a large mixing bowl.
- Rub ghee/oil into flour using your fingertips and hand. Now rub the dry flour between your palms to make sure there are no lumps. It should have a breadcrumb-like texture.
- To check, press the flour ghee mixture in your fists, if it holds the shape it is ready.
- Start adding warm water a little at a time and knead into a stiff and smooth dough. It would take about 10-15 minutes.
- Cover the dough with the damp towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Once rested, uncover the dough.
- Divide it into 4 portions, and roll each portion into a smooth ball and flatten it on a work surface or between your palms.
» How to Shape Namak Para:
- Using a rolling pin, roll the flattened dough ball into a 9-10 inch diameter circle. It should not be too thick or too thin.
- Using a pizza/pasta cutter or knife, cut the circle into diamonds. (Don't forget to check out the namak para recipe video where I have shown how to make 8 fun shapes of namak pare.)
- Transfer namaka pare onto a plate in a single layer. Set them aside.
» Deep-Frying Namak Para:
- Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, turn the heat to medium-low.
- Drop namak pare in the hot oil
- Deep fry them on medium-low heat until golden brown.
- Using a slotted spoon, drain excess oil, and remove fried namak para from the oil and transfer onto a plate lined with a kitchen tissue.
- Let them cool completely before storing. Serve these as a snack with a hot cup of tea and enjoy them with your family and friends.
» How to Bake Namak Para:
- Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
- Arrange sliced namak para on a lined baking tray and brush them evenly with ghee/oil.
- Bake namak para at 175°C/350°F for 15-18 minutes or till they are golden.
- Place baked namak paras on a wire rack and let them cool completely.
- Once cooled, store the baked namak para in an air-tight container.
- Serve namak para with some chutney and masala chai.
- Store namak pare in a container lined with a kitchen tissue. The tissue would soak up the extra oil and your namak pare would stay crisp.
- You can make namak para in large batches and store namak pare in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.