(Crunchy Salty Crackers)
Namak Paare is a savoury snack. This is my moms recipe, I remember we used to trouble her to make this all the time as they are a lovely accompaniment to tea/coffee.
In these days when everything is readily available, we always end up buying some namkeens from malls, but home made namkeens have that unique flavour and food cooked at home with love tastes anyday better than the ready made quick bites.
Also when we have guests at home, instead of serving them same boring biscuits and tea, make these and believe me guests will be extremely happy with namak paare- quick, easy, tasty salty crackers.
All purpose flour (Maida) 1/2 cup
Wheat Flour 1/2 cup
Semolina Flour (Sooji) 3 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Carrom seeds (Optional) 1/2 tsp
Pinch of Chaat masala
Warm water 1 cup
Ghee 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
In a bowl add all the flours together, roasted cumin and carrom seeds, ghee, chaat masala and salt. Mix well with warm water and kneed it like a roti dough, not too soft not too hard. Cover it with a wet cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Make small balls of the dough and roll it like a roti. With help of a knife cut the roti in diamond shapes. Please see the image below. You can make any shape as you wish. (I once made “I Love You” and small hearts with the dough and surprised my husband, cheesy yes but definitely romantic :-))
Now deep fry them in batches into light brown colour. Remember to always fry them on medium flame as they can get brown quickly but may not cook properly.
Store in an air tight container and enjoy them with some hot tea or coffee.
Shakkar Paare are also made in similar style. Do not add cumins,carrom seeds, salt in the dough. After deep frying them, drop them in sugar syrup, soak them for a minute.Put them on a plate and leave to rest for some time and then enjoy the crunchy shakkar paare!!