This crispy fried Indian snack is extremely popular during Holi and Diwali.
Shakarpara, as the name explains, is a sweet snack while Namak Para is savory and salty. Another variety, Methi Namak Para is prepared by adding dried methi (fenugreek) leaves and makes for a hot favorite among all age groups. It also makes for a great tea time snack.
The sweet variety (Shakarpara) is normally flavored with cardamom powder.
Today, let us quickly learn how you can prepare Methi Namak Para-
Methi Namak Para
Total cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Resting time: 30 minutes
White flour (maida)- 1 ½ cups
Wheat flour- 1 ½ cups
Cooking oil- 3 tbsp
Cumin powder- 2 tsp
Caraway seeds (ajwain)- 2 tsp
Chili powder- 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Kasoori methi- 1 cup
Water- 1 cup
Canola oil (for frying)- 2 cups
- Except cooking oil, mix all ingredients in a bowl to make a dough.
- Keep the dough aside and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Make 6 equal parts of the dough. Use a rolling pin to make a 1-2 mm thick layer out of each part.
- Use a knife to cut diamond shapes in each part.
- Heat cooking oil on a medium high heat.
- Once the oil is heated, add a handful of the cut diamond shapes gently to the oil.
- Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until they turn golden brown. In between, use a stainless steel slotted spoon to gently flip them so that they cook evenly from both sides.
- Once cooked, remove from oil and place Namak Para on a tray lined with a paper towel so that extra oil is absorbed.
- Continue the same procedure until all diamond shapes are cooked.
- You can store freshly made Namak Para in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for a month.
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