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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


  • 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


  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

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