Nimki is an Indian snack recipe from the state of West Bengal. It is a deep-fried snack made with all-purpose flour. It has layers and is absolutely crispy. Nimki is flavored with kalonji/nigella seeds. It is a perfect tea snack. Nimki is shaped in a special way such that it gets crunchy layers and is, therefore, a great snack for the kids. They love to munch on it.
Who doesn’t like to snack upon something with a cup of hot tea? It is not possible to make a fresh or hot snack with tea every time. And therefore jar snacks work as the best tea snacks. I have the habit of making a jar of snacks every weekend for the upcoming keep. But with kids around the snacks never last one week and during the week I am again hunting for some snacks recipes. As of now let’s have a look at the ingredients for Nimki Recipe:
All-purpose flour (maida): All purpose flour is used to make nimki. I have not tried combining whole wheat flour or preparing nimki with whole wheat flour, therefore I am not sure about that.
Flavors: Nimki may or may not be flavored with cumin seeds or carom seeds but nigella seeds are indispensable for Nimki recipe.
Cooking oil: Cooking oil is used while preparing the dough as well as for deep-frying nimki.
Salt: Too much of salt ruins Nimki. Nimki should be mildly salty. I have used ½ tsp salt for 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
Sata: It is very important part of nimki recipe. Sata is prepared by combining all purpose flour and ghee. Here ghee should not be replaced with oil. Ghee gives the best layers.
You might like the healthier take on very popular Indian snack mathri i.e. whole wheat mathri, which is not at all dense, absolutely flaky and crisp. Further, there is a variation of mathri on the blog. It is the stuffed mathri. Other than these healthy snacks include poha chivda, khakhra etc. If you are looking for easy snacks for kids, murmura namkeen is a must-try.
Serve crispy Nimki with a cup of masala chai at the tea-time.
1.This recipe makes 15-18 nimki.
2.To start off prepare sata. For that mix 1 & ½ tbsp maida and 1 & ½ tbsp ghee.
3.Mix well to make a paste. Keep aside for now.
4.In a mixing bowl add 1 cup all purpose flour (maida), salt to taste or ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp carom seeds (ajwain) and ½ tsp nigella seeds (kalonji) and 1 and ½ tbsp oil.
5.Mix very well.
6.Add water gradually and make semi soft dough.
7.Let the dough rest for half an hour.
8.Knead it well after half an hour.
9.Divide into 2 portions.
10.Take one portion. Roll it thin. Put sata on it.
11.Spread it well.
12.Roll it and cut into 1-1and ½ inch portions.
13.Shape each portion round.
14.Roll it thin. Apply sata. Fold into half. Apply sata. Fold into quarter.
15.Using a fork poke nimki from both the sides.
16.Put in hot oil. Fry on medium flame till golden.
PREP TIME 20 minutes + 30 minutes rest time
COOK TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 35 minutes + 30 minutes passive time
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