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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Namak Pare / Kharat Shankarpale - Crunchy savory Indian tea time Snack Recipe / Diwali Faral recipe

Namak Pare are called Kharat Shankarpale in Marathi and these crunchy and flaky ribbons have been my favorite snacks since my childhood. I make them quite often in my house and however big batch i make , they are sure to vanish within 2-3 days. You can munch on this crispy snacks at Kitty Parties , in between meals , as evening snacks and  kids love them to have in their snacks box , but they taste best with a cup of hot Masala Chai .

These Namak pare can be easily made at home and can surely replace the store bought Chips packets. The recipe is very easy and it  requires less time to deep fry these Namakpars, compared to the sweet version - Shakarpara. This snack is also a part of Diwali Faral for sure. This is my Mums recipe , she adds Kalonji / Onion seeds to the Maida flour which gives a nice distinctive flavor to the Namak paras and they look more appealing. Those who do not eat Onion , can replace Onion seeds with coarsely crushed Black Pepper .

Ingredients: 1 Cup = 200 ml

  • 1 1/4 Cups Maida / Refined Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Ghee/ clarified Butter
  • 1 tbsp of Onion seeds / Kalonji
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. In a mixing bowl take the Maida , add melted ghee , Salt and Onion seeds to it.

   2.  Mix it well with your fingers . This will appear like a crumbled mass now.

   3.  Now knead the flour to dough using little water at a time to make a soft dough. The dough should be little firm than what we make for chapati. Cover the dough and keep aside at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  4.  Make 4 - 5 equal portions of the dough and roll out each portion into a thin chapati without applying flour . Now using a sharp knife make long ribbon shape pieces of it. You may make small diamonds also if you wish to. 

  5.  Heat up oil in a deep frying pan on a medium to high heat, lower the flame to medium and fry the ribbons in small batches until golden pink in color. 

  6. Remove them on absorbent paper and transfer them into air tight containers on cooling. Serve with tea or enjoy them as it is.

For more savory tea time snacks , do check out my posts on
Baked Matri
Masala Papad
Vegetable Momos
Baked Veggie Florets
Paneer Tikka
Baked Ragi Crackers
Egg-less Butter-less Pineapple Muffins
Egg less Oatmeal Cookies
Pineapple Jam tarts
Meethe Makhane
Paneer Lollipop
Egg-less Butter-less Choco Muffins
Broccoli Cutlets
Raw Banana Cutlets
Baked Beetroot Cutlets

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