Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nimki | Namakparas | Crisp Savoury Diamonds

Nimki is a popular savoury treat make during Diwali in North India. Deep-fried and crunchy, they are simply delicious. Though I am not very fond of deep frying, I do get down to serious some serious frying once a year, usually during the festive season. And I always try to make at least on batch of Nimki for us to munch on over the month!!
Ingredients:
3 cups of maida (all purpose flour)
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp red chili powder
3 tsp ghee
salt to taste
warm water to knead the dough
oil for deep frying


Method:
  1. Sift together the maida, salt, red chili powder, and cumin seeds.
  2. Using your hands, mix in the ghee.
  3. Next make a soft dough using the warm water.
  4. Place in a greased bowl and set aside for a couple of hours.
  5. Divide the dough into small balls the size of a Persian lime. Take one but keep all others covered until ready to use.
  6. Roll out the first ball into a thin pastry sheet. Cut into diamond shapes using a sharp knife.
  7. Heat all in a kadai or a fryer. Drop in the cut diamonds and fry till golden brown.
  8. Drain onto a kitchen towel.  Cool completely, then store in an air tight container.
  9. Repeat for all the dough till you have a nice pile of crispy savoury diamonds.
The Nimki will stay crisp and crunchy in an air-tight container for several weeks. Enjoy with a cup of hot steaming tea. Nimki is a savoury that is made in many homes during Diwali. But this wonderful snack is perfect for travelling. Pack in individual servings in small ziplock bags and keep ready for a quick snack.

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12 comments:

  1. Wishing u and ur family a joyous Diwali.

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  2. looks yum!! Happy Diwali to you and your family!!

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  3. These look great and yummy! We have something similar in Italy (without the spices, of course). I also prefer not to fry too much, but for festivities is so nice!!!

    Happy Diwali!

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  4. Wishing u a happy and prosperous diwali. crispy nimki looks fabulous..

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  5. Happy Deepawali to you and your family Apu.

    Best Wishes.

    Soma

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  6. Happy Deepavali to you and family :)

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  7. Wishing u and ur family a safe,happy and prosperous diwali dear..

    US Masala

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  8. Happy Diwali to and ur family! Savory nimki is a great choice!

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  9. Happy Deepavali to you. I love the crunchy diamonds that you have posted. I always think I must make it but then land up doing something different. Maybe next time.

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  10. Wow!!..I made it almost same...posted too!!! :))
    yummy..they are so addicted...cant stop eating them!!!.:))
    Happy Diwali Apu!!

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  11. Hi Apu,

    Love diamond cuts...Happy Diwali to you...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  12. this diwali I did not make these:) looks nice

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