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How To Make Namak Pare (Matri): Indian Snacks

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Learn how to make Namak Paare (also called Matri, Matar, Katar, Nimki, Shankarpali Namakpara in different regions of India) at home. This is a salty Indian snack and goes well with Tea/Coffee, perfect to serve at parties and for late night snacking.
Ingredients
For the dough
  All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole wheat flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Carom seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Ajwain seeds)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (As needed for the dough)
For frying
  Oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Take a bowl with all purpose flour. To this add whole wheat flour, carom seeds and salt. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add oil and mix well.
3. Gradually add water, a little at a time and knead to get a stiff dough. Make sure not to add too much water as the dough should not be soft, instead it has to be stiff.
4. Once the dough is ready, cover it and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

MAKING
5. After 10 minutes, divide the rested dough into 3 equal portions.
6. Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into flat dough sheets. (Do not roll it too thin)
7. Once rolled, using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut crisscross lines on the dough evenly to get rectangular pieces as shown in the video.
8. Heat up oil in a pan for frying. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the matri pieces on a low to medium heat until golden brown and cooked completely from the inside. (Fry for about 4 - 5 minutes)
9. Once done, drain on to a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

SERVING
10. Serve with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Things You Will Need
1. Rolling pin

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Channel: 
VeganLife
Cuisine: 
North Indian
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Crunchy
Method: 
Deep Fried
Ingredient: 
Flour
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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