Namak pare, or namak para, is only one of the many different types of Indian namkeen. Namkeen, of course pretty much means snacks. We eat lots of snacks in our house.
Namak pare is really easy to make, simple ingredients, and hardly any time spent in the kitchen. They last quite a while too, if kept in a properly sealed compartment.
- oil, for frying
- 1 cup maida, all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp carom seeds, ajwain
- ghee, 2 tbsp
In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and carom seeds. Incorporate the ghee, so that it is mixed well with the flour. Slowly adding water, mix until you have a stiff dough. Rub some ghee over the dough, cover and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Divide dough intil equal parts and using a rolling pin, roll out into circles. They need to be not too thin, but not very thick. If you have made chapatis before, they do need to be thicker than chapatis. Using a knife, cut the circles into diamond shapes to form crackers. You can do this by cutting equal strips vertically, then diagonally.
In hot oil, fry the crackers. Flip over once they are golden.
Drain on paper towel.
You can eat them hot or cold. The cooler they get, the crispier they get.
*For healthier version, use whole wheat flour.
*Sprinkle with chaat masala if you wish
Here are some other Indian snacks