Spicy Namak Para (Masala Paras)
Spicy Namak Para is a crispy and savory snack that's perfect for the holiday season. Not only is this a popular snack, but it is also easy to make. This particular recipe is a twist on traditional Namak Paras with added spices to make it even more flavorful. You can always experiment with different variations by adding your choice of flavors! Spicy Namak Para taste especially delicious with a hot cup of chai. They also make for a simple but special homemade gift. It's also an easy road trip snack when traveling with your family! Hope you enjoy this recipe! This recipe is good for 10 people.
- 2 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- ¼ cup fine semolina (sooji)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper (crushed, kali mirch)
- 1 tsp chili flakes (lal mirch)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1 Tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi)
- 4 Tbsp oil
- ¾ cup chilled water (approx)
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients well, all-purpose flour, sooji, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cumin seeds, and methi. Next add the oil mix it well.
Add the chilled water slowly, mixing with your fingers as you pour. Do not knead the dough. The dough should be soft. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes.
Knead the dough and divide into two equal parts. Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into about 10-inch circles, it should not be very thin.
Prick them with a fork all over the rolled dough, on both sides. This helps paras not to puff while frying.
Cut each of the rolled dough into about 1/2-inch-wide and 3-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 1-1/2 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 paras so you can turn them over easily when frying. Fry the paras until both sides are light golden brown. This should take about 8 minutes.
After Spicy Namak Paras come to room temperature they should become crisp.
Experimenting and making the recipes to your taste is the best part of cooking.
Try different variations by adding your choice of flavors.