Namakpare - A Savory Snack


Festivities need not be just about the sweets, unless served with a spicy savory snack. Every celebration requires a proper variety of food, that includes sweet delicacies as dessert and and savory snacks as appetizers. One such my most favorite Indian snack is Namakpare, which nowadays is probably probably fading out, but most of us as kids loved these being prepared for Diwali and Holi festivals. Namakpare were an integral part of a homemade gift boxes that Mom use to prepare for the guests and extended family. An important part of the tradition, this wonderful snack is made with maida and ajwain. The idea is to make sure to knead a tight dough and cook these on low flame, for the right coloring and taste. These crunchy Namakpare can be easily kept for couple of weeks–and sometimes, longer–in an air-tight container and enjoyed with some nice hot tea in the evening.



All you need is (serves multiple)
  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Sooji (fine) - 2 tbsp
  • Salt – 3/4 tsp
  • Ajwain – 1/2 tsp
  • Desi ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Water – to knead (it’s best to use slightly warm water)
  • Oil for frying


Directions
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and use warm water to knead a tight dough.
  • Keep the dough for atleast 30 minutes and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Roll dough into thin circles and cut it in the shape of elongated diamonds, as shown above.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottom pan.
  • Fry the shapes on low heat till golden brown. The browning will continue even after you remove them from oil, which is fine.
  • Remove oil by placing these on a kitchen tissue.
  • Cool and serve with tea. 

Anshu Bhatnagar

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