Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NAMAK PARE

Namak Pare (salty matthi) ..is a popular snack from north india. We used to make it at festivals and was a regular in the family get together.


                                                 



INGREDIENTS:
  • All purpose flour (maida)- 1 1/2 cup
  • Clarified butter (ghee) or oil - 1/2 cup
  • Semolina (suji) - 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Ajwain (carom seeds) - 1 tbsp
  • Oil (refined oil) - for deep fry
METHOD:

  • Take a big bowl and sieve maida in it. Add salt , ajwain (carom seed) and mix properly to make sure salt is distributed properly.  Add ghee and mix the mixture by rubbing it between palms. Mixture would become crumbly.
  • Now add water little by little to make a stiff dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • After 20 min divided in to two equal parts .
  • Roll this on rolling board in to a big circle. While you are rolling side by side heat the oil in a kadai on medium flame.
  • Now cut in to desired shape using sharp knife. My pattern you can see in the picture.



  • Check if the oil is hot enough. Put one piece and see it is getting fried correctly. Piece would begin to float if all is well....if the oil is too hot piece would get over cooked and turn into dark brown from outside and remain raw from inside. 
  • Once oil is correctly hot add all pieces as per kadai and oil capacity. Use spatula to keep rotating them to make sure even frying.
                                   

  • Flip them and fry it both side till golden brown in color and crispy.
  • Remove it to absorbent paper so it absorb excess oil.
  • Let it cool down completely. store it air tight container.   
  • These can be stored upto one month in an air tight container.



Enjoy and by the time i wrote the recipe i have already finished mine so i am off to make more :)