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How to Make Namak Pare: A Crispy, Savory Indian Snack

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Namak pare, a satisfying anytime snack

Namak pare, a satisfying anytime snack

Namak pare is a crunchy, savory Indian snack that is often prepared during festivals but can also be enjoyed any time. As a snack, namak pare might be served simply with a cup of hot tea. For variety, it might also be served with a chutney, dip, or tomato sauce.

These easy-to-make snacks are just what you need to keep on hand for when you need a quick and delicious nibble, or for times when you have unexpected guests. They also make great gifts for festivals.

You can store namak pare in an airtight container. They will keep well for at least two months.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 30 min

4-5 servings

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil as needed, for frying
  • 2 cups maida (all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek seeds)
  • water as needed, for making dough

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the maida, oil, ajwain, salt, and kasuri methi. Mix well.
  2. Add water little by little. Knead the mixture to form a slightly stiff dough as we would make for pooris. Knead the dough for a few minutes to make it smooth. Then cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, start making the namak pare. Begin by heating the oil in a kadhai over low-medium heat.
  4. Divide the dough into 2-3 portions. With a rolling pin greased with a little oil, roll each portion out into a 1/4-cm-thick disc.
  5. Cut the disc into long namak pare strips, or squares as you prefer. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
  6. When the oil is hot, reduce heat to low and drop the namak pare into the kadhai. Fit as many as will comfortably fit. Deep-fry, turning them over frequently until they turn golden.
  7. Finish deep-frying all the namak pare and let them cool down completely. Store in an airtight jar. These will keep well for about 2 months.

How to Make Namak Pare: A Crispy, Savory Indian Snack

© 2019 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Shaloo Walia from India on September 26, 2019:

Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try this during the upcoming festive season.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2019:

I hope you do. Thank you for stopping by, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2019:

We have many Indian stores in the Houston area in which I could find those seeds for sale. Thanks for sharing your good sounding recipe with us.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 21, 2019:

Hi, Rajah, I sure will. And thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 20, 2019:

I hope you get the ingredients at this store. Thank you Miebakagh Fiberesima.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 15, 2019:

Hello, Rajah, I have an Indian mart called "Charais" in my locality, where I used to buy teas that are made in India.

Okay, I will be looking among they confectionaries to get the carom and the fenugreek seeds. Thank you, and have a lovely time.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 15, 2019:

Miebakagh, at an Indian store if you have one around you or online. Thank you for stopping by.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 04, 2019:

Hello, Rajah, my problem is how to get the seeds, as the others are okay. This snack looks very appetizing. Thanks, for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 04, 2019:

I'm glad you like the snack recipe, Pamela. You can get the ingredients at an Indian store if you have one around your area. I hope you can try it out. Thank you for stopping by.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 03, 2019:

This snack loos very good. I might find it at an Indian restaurant as I am not familiar with all the ingredients and I don't know if I can find them anywhere but a specialty grocery store. Thank you for sharing this recipe as I am always interesting in food I neer tried before.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 02, 2019:

I do hope you can try some Indian dishes soon. Thank you, Bill.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 02, 2019:

Thank you, Poppy.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on February 01, 2019:

It looks yummy!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 01, 2019:

Again, thank you! I'll have to do some research and see if there is an Indian restaurant nearby.

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