Sometimes I like to enjoy my evening tea with homemade namak pare or mathri. Namak pare or namak para is a traditional Indian savory snack which is also loved by kids. When you get tired of ready made namkeens, you tend to remember how your mother or grand mother used to make these goodies at home with which you stuff yourself while playing. Once you get the hang of it, namak pare is not difficult to make at home.
Recipe of namak pare
2 cups maida (all purpose flour/ refined flour)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil + for deep frying
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1/4 tsp baking soda
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1. Mix maida, ajwain, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp oil and mix with your hands. Rub between your fingers so that maida is well coated with oil.
2. Using warm water, knead all purpose flour into a stiff dough. Let the dough rest for 1/2 an hour.
3. Take a ball out of the dough and roll out on a lightly oiled surface into a round.
4. Cut into 1/2 inch strips lengthwise and then 1/2 inch across to get diamond shaped pieces or you can cut them in squares. Do the same with rest of the dough.
5. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/wok or a frying pan and deep fry these namak pare on medium heat. Fry till golden from both sides. Also fry in batches.
6. Store namak pare after they completely cool down, in an airtight container. They stay fresh for weeks.