Namak Pare (Savory Bites)

Namak (Salt) Pare are one of those wonderful snacks that are appropriate anytime of the day, any time of the year. Traditionally, it is important to serve a savory item when a sweet is served for balance, or choice and because “Salt” is such an essential part of life. They are easy to make and need very few ingredients, mostly stuff that we have in our pantry all the time. So this festival season, whip up some of this fried goodness and enjoy with family and friends.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Clarified Butter (Ghee) – 2 tbsp
Water – 1/4 cup

Oil for deep frying

Method:

1. Heat Oil for deep-frying.
2. Mix the following together: Flour, Salt & Ajwain.
3. Mix in the Ghee and rub well till all the Flour is coated with Ghee.
4. Add a little Water at a time and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough.
5. Rub a little Oil/Ghee on the dough ball, cover and allow to rest till the Oil is ready (minimum 5 min.)
6. Grease the rolling surface and the rolling pin.
7. Take a part of the dough and form a ball and roll it into a square or a round.
8. It needs to be just a hair thicker than a Chapati.
9. Grease a sharp knife and cut strips, rotate 45 degrees and cut again to form diamond shapes.
10. Fry once the Oil is hot.
11. Allow them to cook on one side and flip allowing them to cook on the other side as well.
12. Once done, take them out onto a paper towel, sprinkle some Chaat Masala.
13. Serve hot (if you want them soft or allow them to cool (if you want them crispy.
14. Once cooled down, transfer into an air-tight container and store at room-temperature.

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