Namak Pare is a popular Indian snack that is known for its crispy texture and irresistible taste. This snack is not only easy to make, but it is also a crowd-pleaser, making it perfect for family gatherings, parties, and even for a quick snack in between meals. Thus, below are the ingredients, cooking methods, and some tips and tricks for the perfect Namak Pare recipe.
- 2 cups of chakki fresh atta (whole wheat flour)
- A pinch of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 3 tablespoons of soya health oil
- Water, as needed
For the coating:
- 1/2 cup semolina (sooji)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, for frying
- In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of chakki fresh atta, a pinch of baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder. Mix the ingredients well.
- Add 3 tablespoons of soya health oil to the flour mixture and start kneading the dough. Gradually add water, as needed, to form a soft and pliable dough. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until it is smooth and elastic
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15-20 minutes
- Once the dough has rested, divide it into small balls. Roll each ball into a disc-like shape, about 1/8 inch thick
- Cut the discs into diamond or rectangle shapes using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife
- In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup semolina, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, and salt, to taste. Mix the ingredients
- Coat each Namak Pare in the semolina mixture and set aside on a plate
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully drop a few Namak Pare into the pan. Fry the Namkeen Para until they are golden brown, flipping them over as needed. Take about 2-3 minutes for each side
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the Namak Pare from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil
- Serve the Namak Pare hot with chutney or sauce of your choice
Tips and Tricks:
- For a crunchier texture, use semolina instead of breadcrumbs for coating the Namak Pare to make a more Khasta Namak Para.
- To make spicy Namak Pare, add more red chilli powder to the flour mixture.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If the dough becomes too dry, add more water.
- When frying the Namak Pare, make sure the oil is hot before adding the Namak Pare. This will make them cook pretty evenly.
- Do not overcrowd the pan while frying the Namak Pare. Fry them in batches to avoid steaming and to ensure that they cook evenly.
- Adjust the salt and spices to your liking. You can also add other spices such as cumin, coriander, or garam masala to the flour mixture for a different flavour.
Namak Pare is a simple and delicious snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day. With its crispy texture and irresistible taste, it’s no wonder why it’s so popular in India and around the world. Whether you’re serving it as a snack for guests or enjoying it with a cup of tea, the Namak Pare is sure to be a hit. This recipe is very easy to follow and the ingredients are readily available at any local grocery store.