Snacks have always been the integral part of Indian cuisine. There are many recipes that are quick, easy and super delicious and are must haves in every households. Tea time is that time of the day when we crave for some snacks and when it is something home made, it’s nothing like that. We have the beautiful tradition of welcoming guest with home made sweets and snacks and our grand-moms and moms are really experts in making those snacks. Namkeen/Nonta (salted snacks) has a special place in India – we love to have it with tea or just much it any time of the day.
Diwali is round the corner and this is the time of the year when you welcome maximum guests. Almost all the houses are flooded with sweets and snacks during Diwali. For me, the best way to welcome my guests is with few Bengali sweets and Kata Nimki. Salted Crackers or Kata Nimki is very easy to make and goes best with a cup of hot tea – ah, that’s heavenly. The best part is, you can store it upto 3-4 day in an air-tight container. Along with cleaning up the house and decorating it, I started gearing up for Diwali by making Kata Nimki. Here’s is the simple and easy recipe of this super snacks.
- 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
- 1 cup wheat flour (atta)
- 1 tea-spoon nigella seeds (kalonji/kalojeera)
- 1 tea-spoon ajwain/joyan
- 3/4 tea-spoon salt
- 3 tea-spoon ghee
- oil (as required for deep fry)
- In a mixing bowel, add maida, atta, kalojeera, joyan and salt and mix them well.
- Add ghee and little water and knead the mixture properly to make a soft dough. Pound the dough as much as possible to make sure it is soft and smooth.
- Make medium sized balls from the dough and roll them to make rotis.
- Now, using a knife, cut slices from the rotis (vertically and diagonally) to get diamond shaped pieces (each piece approx 1 inch).
- Heat required oil in a pan and deep fry the pieces until they turn golden in colour.
- Spread paper in a plate and remove the fried crackers to it. The paper will soak the excess oil.
- Your Kata Nimki is ready now.
Have it immediately or store in an air-tight container. With this I have just started my Diwali preparation, lot more coming up 🙂 Wishing everyone a very Happy & Prosperous Diwali!
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