Nimki is a crispy & spicy all time favourite Bengali tea time snack recipe. This ajwain and chilli flakes Nimki or namak para is thinly rolled and folded with ghee and then deep fried to perfection. Absolutely wonderful with a cup of adrak wali chai.
Can’t keep calm Diwali is just one week away. Diwali prep going on full swing at my place. Cleaning and decorating the home, and cooking up a storm. The house is already lit with beautiful lights.
Diwali is all about Diwali farals. Haha.. na its more than just farals. It’s about family get togethers, friends, new clothes, firecrackers, rangoli, lakshmi puja and in our case Kali puja.
And since we are talking Diwali farals. Faral is basically a collection of sweet and savoury goodies like chaklis, nimkis/ namak para, shakhar para, barfis, different types of ladoos, chewdas that is relished during the time of Diwali.
Few days back I prepared this exquisitely delicious Chickpea & cardamom cookies for Diwali. These cookies are gluten free, egg free, grain free, slightly sweet with a hint of pistachio is light and totally melt in the mouth dessert.
Bengali Style Nimki
So after something sweet the next one in line had to be something savoury. And nothing beats a really crispy and crunchy Bengali Style Nimki. Bengali nimki and cha/tea makes a perfect combination ever. You know I actually like mine with a little bit of aachar.
Nimki is extremely easy to make and requires very few ingredients that is easily available in your pantry. All purpose flour/maida, salt, ghee, ajwain are the main ingredients. I have also added chilli flakes and crushed black pepper in the nimki for a tad bit of kick. But it is totally optional.
Storing nimki/namak para is even easier. Simply store it in an air-tight container once cooled and these will keep crispy and crunchy for 15-20 days. Enjoy
Here are few Diwali treats that you can try.
Crispy Nimki Bengali Recipe | Ajwain Namak pare
Bengali style Nimki recipe | Namak para recipe | Diwali Namak para recipe
- deep frying pan
- Large bowl
- 1 1/2 cup All purpose flour / Maida
- 1 tsp Ajwain
- 1/2 tsp Dried Chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp freshly crushed black peppercorn
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Ghee plus 2 tbsp for layering
- Oil for deep frying
- Water for kneading the dough
- In a large bowl add the flour, ajwain, chilli flakes, crushed peppercorns, salt and 2 tbsp ghee and mix well. Now rub the flour and ghee with your fingers until it resemble bread crumbs or look crumbly.
- Now add water slowly and knead into a smooth tight dough. cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
- After 30 mins knead the dough again for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide it into 18 small lemon sized balls.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium to low heat.
- Now roll out a piece of dough ball into a 4-5 inch thin circle and prick it with a fork all over. Then apply a little ghee on the circe and fold it into a triangle. Continue making the nimki with the rest of the dough in the same way.
- Fry the nimkis a few at a time in medium to low heat for 8-10 minutes. Drain with a slotted spoon and let it cool.
- Once its cooled down store it in an airtight container or enjoy with a cup of tea.
I hope you enjoy this Bengali Masala Nimki Recipe as much as we do.