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Monday, 20 October 2014

Nimki (Namakpara / Fried Crackers - Bengali Snack)

             Nimki is a very popular Bengali snack. It is also commonly made in all households in the Northern regions and goes by the name of Namakpara. It is relished with a hot cup of evening tea. They are generally prepared in large batches and stored in air-tight containers.   

            Another time when it is made is during Bijoya celebrations, just after Durga puja. It is also prepared during Diwali celebrations and enjoyed with family and friends. They can also be made both savoury and sweet.

  • 2 cups maida (plain flour)
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kalonji (onion seeds)
  • oil to deep fry

          Sift together maida, salt and baking soda. Knead all the ingredients (except oil to deep fry) with sufficient water into a stiff dough and keep aside  for 25-30 minutes. 

          Make equal sized balls and roll each of them into thin circles, just like chapattis. Cut into diamond shapes and keep aside. 

          For then second method, roll out the balls into a puri size circle and fold into half. Fold again into a triangle. Press lightly and keep aside.

          Heat oil in a pan and fry the nimkis few at a time in low flame till light golden brown in colour. Drain on a tissue paper and serve as an evening snack.

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