October 10, 2009

Namakpare (A Savoury Indian Snack) – The Baked Version




This is a recipe I found inside a pack of lemongrass tea which was gifted to me. It is a Sanjeev Kapoor recipe and what caught my eye was that it was a baked version of a traditionally deep fried savoury Indian snack.

I have very vague memories somewhere in my childhood about eating the deep-fried namakparas, which I knew as "diamond cuts". I also remember my mother making these. She would knead an all-purpose flour dough, roll out pieces of the dough into very thin circles and then cut them into small diamonds which would be deep fried.
The cooled "diamond cuts" would be soaked in a very thick sugar syrup which would dry out to make a crisp, crunchy sugar coated snack.





I have left these savoury but you may coat them in sugar if you choose.
While they're not quite the same as the deep fried namakpara (naturally), these baked ones are very nice in their own way. They're the perfect tea/ coffee time munchies.





You can also bake them like crackers and serve them with a dip or sauce.


Ingredients:


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup ghee (or oil or a mixture of both)*

1 tsp omum/ omha (carom seeds/ bishop's weed)

salt to taste

about 1/2 cup chilled water



Method:


*I wanted to cut down on the amount of ghee in this recipe so I used a combination of 1/4 cup ghee and 1/4 cup oil. I haven't tried this, but you could perhaps use oil instead of ghee but your namakpare will not have the unique flavour and taste that ghee adds to them.

Put all the ingredients, except the water, in the food processor bowl and blend. Then add the water, a little at a time, to make a dough that is more on the stiff side yet elastic. You do not want the dough to use more water than necessary or your namkpare/ crackers will not become crisp on baking.
You can do this by hand too.

Cover the dough and let it rest for about half an hour. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 portions (depending on what is easier for you). Roll out each portion into as thin a circle as possible (should be about 1/8" thick or less). Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the circle into small diamond shaped pieces or about 12 triangles (like pizza wedges).
Dock the pieces/ triangles using a fork so that airpockets don't form during baking.

Place them on lightly greased sheets and bake at 200C for about 15 to 20 minutes till light brown and done. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.


This recipe should provide enough for 4 to 6 people to munch on.



29 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Though its baked,its come out so perfect....looks healthy & delicious aparna

Simran said...

I am always on the lookout for savory crackers (and haven't tried namakparas because they are deep fried). But this version looks so lovely!

jayasree said...

I tried baking these sometime back. It came out hard and hence not very easy to bite into. I will try again keeping in mind few points from yours.

Red Chillies said...

Just in time for Diwali and so glad that this is not deep fried. I have been looking for a good baked version for a long time now.

lata raja said...

I bake the tiny diamond sweet squares for my diwali mixture.This will be novel addition to my mixture this time. Thanks.

Lauren said...

These look lovely =D. I love the little diamonds!

Nags said...

i first read it as namaskara :D i know.. i have issues :)

the snack looks just right for a sunday evening with tea, when one is upset that tomorrow is monday :D

Sunshinemom said...

I have made a baked version too which I prefer than the deep fried one. I like these better sugar coated but in that case deep fried and I hardly ever make or have them!!

What a twist life is:D

The pictures look very good.

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Oooh! Amaaaazing pics! I loved the first one so much A!!

I am going to try this VERY soon :) Let me get back home :) [Wedding trousseau shopping PART 2] :D

s said...

i just did a post on diamond cuts as they are known to me...actually i had tried baking em but they turned out too hard...will try ur version..thanks..

Prathibha said...

THis is directly entering my bookmarked recipes..they look perfect for a evening snack without guilt..

Srivalli said...

wow that's really so tempting aparna...

sra said...

Yes, know these well. Many of the Maloos in hostel used to bring this back from home with them. Yours look gorgeous!

CinnamonQuill said...

These are very impressive! I bet they taste wonderful. I need to bake more savory items, so this is going on the list!

Cakelaw said...

These look great, and so much healthier than the fried version.

Cynthia said...

This sounds easy to make and looks great.

Madhuli said...

Yummy photos Aparna.With Diwali round the corner will surely try this baked version!Thanks.

Indhu said...

my mother makes the sweet version of this for deepavali.. I love this :)
perfect with coffee/tea

Curry Leaf said...

I was thinking of making it for Diwali.the baked version is healthier and looks great.Too good to be true

Cham said...

This one is perfect snack for me. I prefered the savory and baking!

Shwetha said...

Baked? Neat!
They look so cute and perfectly cut.:)

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Its come out soo well though baked.. Aparna...
I made the methi version of it and deep fried them yesterday...

George@CulinaryTravels said...

These look amazing.

Mints! said...

This looks so easy to make and delicious of course. I am planning to make these tonight for diwali.

jayasri said...

Baked ?, they look very perfect, must try this never done this before

Renu said...

I have baked them without ghee..yes u are rite, it does not tastes as great....even adding 1tbsp of ghee does wonders and replace rest of the ghee with oil....try that it will taste good!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I LOVE namakpure! My nani makes them for years, I always call them diamonds! And they ARE worthy of the title :P

NIDHYA said...

Tried your recipe yesterday and it came out very well, loved it. Thanks for sharing and if possible check my post.

http://aaha-oho.blogspot.com/

Aparna said...

Nidhya, glad it turned out right and you liked it.
Thanks for getting back to me.