Namak Paare

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Namak Paare Recipe by Manjula

Namak paare

Namak paare is pastry like crunchy snack lightly seasoned with carom seed. This is great snack with cup of tea. I like them with spiced mango or lemon pickle.

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Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • ½ cup All purpose flour plain flour or maida
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sooji fine semolina flour
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Carom seeds ajwain
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • cup water adjust as needed
  • Oil to fry


  • Mix flour, sooji, salt, carom seeds, and oil, and mix it with fingertips to get consistency of breadcrumb.
  • Add water as needed to make firm but smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and set aside at least for ten minutes.
  • Knead the dough for another minute and divide in two equal parts.
  • Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into 9-inch circles and thickness of salted crackers.
  • Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, 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.
  • The frying pan should have at least 1 ½ inch of oil. 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.
  • After namak paras come to room temperature they should become crisp.


  • Namak paras can be stored for one month in airtight containers.
  • If the Namak paras are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.
Keyword carom seed, mango, Namak Para, Pickle, Vegan

Originally posted 2008-12-17 23:54:10.

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