Snack Recipes

Namakpara | Savory Indian Tea Time Snack

Namakpara is an Indian traditional snack enjoyed with a cup of tea. Namak Para or Namak Pare are pastry like crunchy snack lightly seasoned with carom seeds. It is made in various shapes but mostly in long sticks.


Earlier I made namakpara in a shape of cashews. I gave them the shape of Cashews (Kaju) with help of small round cookie cutter. This time I tried with another shapes – star, heart, flower. It is an easy snack. It can be made in a big batch and stored in airtight container for quite a long time.

Cookie Cutter – Heart, Star & Flower


Maida – 1 cup
Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tsp
Rava or sooji – 2 tbsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Tea Time Snack


  1. Mix ghee and rava in 1 cup of flour. Rub well till all flour is coated with ghee. Add a little water at a time and form a stiff dough.
  2. It needs to be stiffer than chapati dough. Rub a little Oil/Ghee on the dough ball, cover and allow to rest for an hour.
  3. For making namakpara – Grease the rolling surface and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough into an around shape and it should be thicker than roti.
  4. Using a cookie cutter start pressing into the dough.
  5. Separate the pieces and keep on making namakpara using a different cookie cutter.
  6. Fry these in oil until they turn a golden color.
  7. Allow them to cool down completely and store in an airtight container.
Cutting Namakpara

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