Cook's Hideout: Nimki or Namkeen (Rajasthani Namak Para)

April 16, 2016

Nimki or Namkeen (Rajasthani Namak Para)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 2: Rajasthani Cuisine 
Day 14: N for Nimki
We are already at the end of Week 2 in our Journey through the cuisines and the last Rajasthani dish I made are these crispy, crunchy and very addictive Nimki aka Namkeen or Namak Para. Letter N was one of the tough letters to find a dish for. After a lot of googling and not finding any Rajasthani dishes, I ended up picking this dish that is quite commonly made across all the states.
Rajasthani Namak Para
My mom used to make them quite frequently while we were little and we used to call them 'chips' or 'namkeen'. After I started blogging, I learnt their other name, Namak Para and now with this BM, I learnt yet another name, Nimki.
Rajasthani Namak Para
Couple of the Nimki recipes I saw (here and here) had totally different shape -- they were rolled out like pooris and then folded into quarters and the layers are held together with a peppercorn. I was almost tempted to make that version, but they take longer to fry and seemed tedious, so I stuck with the regular shape.
Traditionally these namkeen are made with all purpose flour, but I added some wholewheat flour to add some fiber and nutrition. I also added some chaat masala for some extra flavor.
I've never made these and as I was making them, my daughter asked me what they were, I said they are called Nimki. She walked away saying she doesn't like any 'nimki'. But when the first batch came out of the oil, she was the first one to try and she absolutely LOVED them. These were her afternoon snack for couple of days (that's how long they lasted).
Rajasthani Namak Para
They are high in calorie but in my mind they are much better than store bought chips and snacks. So I've decided to make some traditional snacks for my kids at least once or twice a month, so they get familiar with them too.
Rajasthani Namak Para

Nimki or Namkeen

  • 1cup All purpose flour
  • ½cup Wholewheat flour (Atta)
  • ½tsp Nigella seeds
  • 1tsp Ajwain or Carom seeds
  • ¼tsp Chaat Masala
  • To taste Salt
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flours, nigella seeds, ajwain, chaat masala and salt. Whisk well. Add the melted ghee or oil and mix until crumbs form. Add enough water to make a firm dough. Cover and set aside for 20~30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 3~4 piece, then roll each one out into a round roti making surr not to roll it too thick or too thin.
  3. Cut the roti into small diamonds using a pizza cutter or a knife.
  4. Heat oil for frying. Fry the nimki on medium flame until golden brown on both sides. Remove using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining dough. Once completely cooled, store the nimki in an airtight container and Enjoy!!
Rajasthani Namak Para

This week's Rajasthani Dishes (I ~ N):
K for Khoba Roti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 63.



  1. Namak paras are an excellent munch perfectly made, would love to munch these ...I won't say with a cup of tea..I like these munches with a nice chilled drink.😊

  2. So, these nimki are kid approved then. ☺ Lovely pictures and nice play of light and shadow effect. We use to call them just diamonds. I love the sweet version more and make them often.

  3. I love these snacks Pavani..we literally grew up with these ones..both sweet and salt..beautiful pictures..

  4. We use to make it with wheat flour. And this is our usual snack during childhood. Nowadays, kids are missing these traditional snacks. You have done it perfect...

  5. These are so addictive. Lovely pictures and nice lighting, specially the hand picture.

  6. Such an addictive snack,my kids love this a lot..

  7. Lovely pictures. Couldnt take my eyes off. Especially the one with words food of india. Amazing man. Between I love these namak paras.

  8. Those nimki looks absolutely crunchy and super crispy, wish i get some to munch with a cup of tea.

  9. I can munch them as many at one time.They looks perfectly crisp and delcious. Love the picture very nice lightening effects.

  10. Love these snacks, as Valli said we grew up with the sweet and salt version of them. I love both. Love your clicks.. Amazing:)

  11. Love these. My little one loves to use the spoon wheel to slice the dough into different shapes :)

  12. anytime munches.. amma used to make savoury and sweet versions and they were gone in a few days / hours (depending if we had vacations :D)

  13. Being a neighboring state, Gujarat has a very similar version of the Namak Paras. I loved the way you made yours :) Perfect pics as usual!!

  14. Home made traditional sweets and savories are so much better than store bought ones. I love both the sweet and the savory ones and should make them soon :)

  15. like the spices you used in them - perfectly crunchy snack


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