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 one batch of Nimki for us to munch on over the month!!
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

  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 the oil in a kadai or a fryer. 
  8. Gently drop in the cut pastry and fry on a medium heat till golden brown.
  9. Drain onto a kitchen towel.  Cool completely, then store in an air tight container.
  10. 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 also perfect for traveling. Pack in individual servings in small ziplock bags and keep ready for a quick snack.

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  1. Wishing u and ur family a joyous Diwali.

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

  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!


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

  5. Happy Deepawali to you and your family Apu.

    Best Wishes.


  6. Happy Deepavali to you and family :)

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

    US Masala

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

  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.

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

  11. Hi Apu,

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


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


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