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Nimki

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The nimki or salted flour chips is quite popular snacks for the Bijoya Dashami or Dussera celebration. It is also used as snacks to serve with any hot beverage. The best part of Nimki is that you can prepare ahead and store in airtight container for later use.
Ingredients
  Maida 200 Gram
  Salt To Taste
  Kalonji 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ajwain seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
For frying
  Vegetable oil 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (For deep frying)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a large bowl, sift together the flour by adding salt and spices.
2) Add the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and thoroughly combine into the flour mixture.
3) Gradually add water in little quantity to blend into the flour and prepare the dough.
4) Knead the dough for 10-15 minutes to make it soft and smooth.
5) Cover the dough and place aside for 15 minutes.

MAKING
6) Divide the dough in 2-3 round balls.
7) Take each ball to roll on a floured surface to a medium thickness.
8) With a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts in opposite directions leaving 1-2 inch space between each cut.
9) Separate the diamond shaped dough sheets and place aside.
10) Meanwhile, in a deep skillet add sufficient oil for deep frying.
11) Place over high heat and heat up the oil to piping hot.
12) Add few numbers of diamond shaped dough sheets in the hot oil.
13) Reduce the heat to medium and fry these dough sheets until golden brown on both sides.
14) Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
15) Allow the nimki to cool at room temperature.
16) Store in an airthight container for later use.

SERVING
17) Serve the nimki with hot beverages like tea or coffee.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Crunchy
Method: 
Deep Fried
Dish: 
Fritter
Occasion: 
Durga Puja
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Flour
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
10
Story
I have a very fond memory associated with nimki. In my childhood days, me and my cousins used to visit from one house to another on the evening of Bijoya Dashami or Dussera to seek blessings from the elders. In every house, we used to be treated with homemade nimki and sweet preparation. Ultimately, we used to get so full that inevitably had to cancel the dinner at night.

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Sweetcandy's picture
This is a very common story of all bengalis..nimkis are so dear to me too! Now we get the readymade variety, but nothing like the homemade ones.