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

Updated on February 2, 2019
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Namak pare, a satisfying anytime snack
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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 time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 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. First, heat 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.

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      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 months ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        7 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        Hi, Rajah, I sure will. And thanks.

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        7 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

        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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Miebakagh Fiberesima 

        7 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

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

      • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        9 months ago from Sunny Florida

        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 jolly profile imageAUTHOR

        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        9 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Thank you, Poppy.

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        Poppy 

        9 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        It looks yummy!

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        Bill Holland 

        9 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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