Namak Paare is very popular North Indian savory snack that is widely prepared on festive or celebratory occasions like Holi etc. They are also made in other parts of the country on various festivals like Diwali, Karwachauth etc.
Namak Paare is very easy to make and except frying the namak paare in batches it doesn’t consume time in any process and the best thing about namak paare is you can store and relish them for almost a month if kept in an air tight container. The texture of the namak paare is crispy and flaky. Adding oil in the dough makes it flaky. Though you should be very specific for the flour and oil ratio.
They are a crispy, crunchy, savory, flaky and layered snack to enjoy with a hot cup of tea, you can even enjoy them with chili, mango or lemon pickle too. They are easy to make and need very few ingredients, mostly stuff that we have in our pantry all the time.
I have flavored my Namak Paare with carom seeds and kasoori methi, however, you can also use sesame seeds too if you like. You can even skip adding kasoori methi, I added it because I just love the aroma and taste that kasoori methi imparts to a dish.
So let’s start making Namak Paare and here is the step by step recipe with pictures.
Ingredients for making Namak Paare:
All Purpose Flour- 2 cup
Semolina- 2 tablespoon
Oil- 1/4 cup + extra for deep frying
Salt- As per your taste
Kasoori Methi- 1 tablespoon (crushed)
Carom Seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Black Pepper Powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Method of making Namak Paare:
1. Take all purpose flour and semolina in a big mixing bowl and add salt, carom seeds, kasoori methi and black pepper powder in it.
2. Mix them together and make a well in the center. Add oil in it.
3. Using your hand’s mix and rub them together. To confirm the texture take some flour mix in your palm and lightly press it with your fingers if it binds and doesn’t segregate it’s done.
4. Adding a little water at a time knead a stiff dough and keep it aside for 20-25 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes divide the dough into 3 equal portions. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan.
6. Now take one portion and using a rolling board and rolling pin roll out into a circle of approximately 7″-8″ in diameter. Apply some oil over it.
7. Sprinkle some flour over it.
8. Fold its two sides and now it will appear rectangle in shape.
9. Again apply some oil over it.
10. Sprinkle some flour over it and fold the other two sides. Now it will look like a square.
11. Now roll it into a thin square and cut thin vertical strips.
12. Now mark some horizontal cuts also.
13. When the oil is pretty hot add these Namak Paare into the oil and fry them over medium flame till they are nicely golden and crisp.
14. Take them out on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil. Here I have two types of Namak paare, more fried and normal fried as my hubby don’t prefer them much fried. So fry them as per your preference.
15. Crispy, fried, flaky, layered and delicious Namak Paare are ready to serve. Enjoy hot with a cup of tea.
Note- Steps 7-11 are meant to add layers in namak paare, however, if you don’t want to add layers and keep them plain then directly skip to step 11 after step 6.