Namak/Methi/Shakarpara- Irresistible finger food

by Shanu Pande
November 16, 2022

If you have lived in the Indian subcontinent, there is no doubt that you have grown up eating Shakarpara or Namak Para during every festive occasion.

This crispy fried Indian snack is extremely popular during Holi and Diwali.

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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.

Namak Para - Methi Para - Shakarpara - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

The sweet variety (Shakarpara) is normally flavored with cardamom powder. 

Namak Para - Methi Para - Shakarpara - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

 

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

Ingredients

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 


Method 

  • 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.
Namak Para - Methi Para - Shakarpara - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store
  • 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. 
Namak Para - Methi Para - Shakarpara - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store
  • 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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