Namak paare is pastry like crunchy snack lightly seasoned with carom seed. They are easy to make and need very few ingredients, mostly stuff that we have in our pantry all the time. This is great snack with cup of tea. I remember my mom making many different fried snacks like namak para and Shakkar Paras during festival season .
1/2 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4teaspoon Carom seeds (ajwain)
2 tablespoon oil
1/3 cup water or as needed
Oil for frying
Mix flour, salt, carom seeds, and oil, and mix to get breadcrumb consistency
Add water as needed to make firm and smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside for ten minutes.
Knead the dough for another minute and divide in two equal parts.
Now take portion of the dough and keep rolling till you get 8-9 inch big circle or ¼ inch thick .
Prick them with a fork so the paras do not puff when frying.
Cut each of the rolled dough into about half inch wide and 2 inch long pieces.
Note: you can cut them in your desire shape.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
Make sure to place just enough namak paras so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the namak paras until both sides are light golden-brown.
Namak Paras should become crisp once they are at room temperature .
Once done, take them out onto a paper towel, sprinkle some Chaat Masala if you like them spicy .
Namak paras can be stored for up to a month in airtight containers.
If the Namak paras are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.
Sesame seeds can also be added instead of carom seeds .