Namakpare


Namakpare is pastry like crunchy snack prepared using flour ,salt & lightly seasoned with carom seed  then it’s deep fried.One can have it as Tea time snacks.At my native place in Bihar,it’s called Nimki.Prepare & store up to a month in an airtight container.Preparation is easy only time taking is frying process.Usually, it’s prepared during Holi & Diwali Festival.But my family like to have whenever I prepared.

Ingredients

All Purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup

Salt 1/2 tsp or to taste

Carom seeds 1/2 tsp

Warm Oil 2 tsp

Water 1/3 cup or as required for dough

Oil for deep frying

Method
In a large mixing bowl sieve the all purpose flour & add salt, carom seeds and oil in the flour.Now while adding a little water at time start kneading dough for namakpare.and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Cover Kneaded dough &keep  aside to rest for 10 min.Now divide the dough into equal size balls.Roll it on a rolling board Like a round circle or chappati.
Now using a knife cut rolled dough into strips or a diamond shape.Heat oil in a pan for deep frying Check if oil is hot enough by adding a small piece of dough.Once the oil is ready add the dough slices of namakpare  into oil and deep fry it.Fry the namakpare  or nimki until it becomes golden in color.Once fried, take it out and place it on kitchen towel or paper for soaking extra oil.Once it cooled down Keep in a jar.
tips
roll a dough neither too thick or thin cut it into  a shapes you like.deep frying on low temperature.otherwise from outside it will be brown inside uncooked.
while it’s soft when hot once cool down  then get crispy.

 

Palak Paratha


Spinach Flatbread in hindi its called palak paratha.Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. it’s provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.most of kids doesn’t like to eat spinach so it’s a good way to include in their diet.Many people pureed spinach & knead with flour,my family like chopped Spinach so i am sharing my way of tasty paratha. Enjoy this paratha with thick fresh curds ,pickles or simply Plain.

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour 1 cup 

Spinach – 3/4 cup chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp(optional)

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp finely chopped  (optional)

Salt – to taste

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp(optional)

Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp

Green Chilli – 1 finely chopped

Onion 1 small finely chopped

Oil /Ghee or  butter for frying

Water if required

Method

Wash & clean spinach dry using a paper towel.In a bowl add Chopped Spinach ,onion & salt.Adding it will leave water.Add all ingredients & make a dough.Heat a griddle divide a dough roll it in a round shape.put it on a griddle cook both sides apply oil/butter/ghee.

Tips: if the dough looks dry, then add very little water and knead. if the dough becomes sticky, then add some more flour and knead.if you use yogurt around 1 tbsp no need to add any water while kneading.Parathas for kids then avoid chopped green chillies.

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