Festive season is here and it’s time to prepare for the festival of Diwali with some delicious homemade snacks. Follow some simple steps given below and impress everyone with these traditional snacks. These are served best with a cup of hot tea. Anywhere in the world, good food is a major part of any celebration.
FESTIVE SEASON RECIPE (PART 1) —NAMAK PARA
Namak Para is also known as Nimki in some parts of India. This easy and quick recipe can be prepared at home without investing too much time and effort.
All-purpose flour (1 cup)
Ajwain (1/2 teaspoon)
Ghee (2 tablespoons)
Salt to taste
Warm water (1/4 cup)
Oil for frying
In a big bowl, add all-purpose flour, crushed ajwain, salt to taste, ghee and mix everything together until the flour starts to crumble.
Add warm water and knead into a semi-stiff dough. Do not overmix, knead it just enough for binding.
Make small balls of the dough and roll them into medium sized chapatis. Cut the chapatis into small strips and keep them aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium flame. Fry the namak pare on medium-low flame until they turn golden.
Drain excess oil. Serve as a snack with a cup of tea and enjoy with your loved ones.
FESTIVE SEASON RECIPE (PART 2) CHANA DAL NAMKEEN
Chana Dal Namkeen is another classic recipe very popular on the streets of Nothern India. Be it in the mornings or the evening, you cannot miss this with your hot cup of tea. You can also prepare this once in advance and store it for use in the future.
Chana Dal (100 gm)
Red chilli powder (1 teaspoon)
Coriander powder (1/2 teaspoon)
Chaat masala (1 teaspoon)
Asafoetida (a pinch)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak chana dal for atleast 3 hours.
Once soaked, drain the water using a sieve and pat dry it using a kitchen towel.
Heat oil in a pan, once the oil is hot enough. Add the chana dal and fry on medium-low flame for about 15 minutes.
Fry chana dal, stirring with a spoon till crisp and golden. Transfer the fried chana dal to a mixing bowl.
Sprinkle red chilli powder, chaat masala, asafoetida, coriander powder and salt on it.
Mix thoroughly until evenly coated.
Store in an airtight container once it cools.
Same recipe can be followed to prepare masoor dal namkeen and moong dal namkeen.
You can spread the dals over a cotton cloth if the kitchen towel is not available.
Customize the spices as per your choice.
Serving suggestion- Mix chana dal, chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, lemon, coriander leaves and sev for a street-style snack.