NIMKI/ NAMAK PARÉ/ MATHRI (Savoury Indian Stick Crackers)
1 ¾ cup/ 180 grams maida (all purpose flour)
30 grams ghee (clarified butter)
¼ tsp or less ajwain (carom seeds)
Salt to taste
¼ cup (+/-) water to make the dough
Oil for frying
Sift the flour and salt. Add carom seeds and ghee.
Rub the flour together to assimilate it well with the ghee.
Using water, make a medium stiff dough.
Keep the dough aside for an hour covered with moist cloth
Divide the dough in four equal sized ball.
Roll one ball at a time like a chapatti.
I made a little more than ½ mm broad vertical cuts and 2½ to 3 inch horizontal cuts. (you can choose the size for yourself)
Heat sufficient oil in a wok and reduce the heat to medium low.
Slowly add the cut out dough and fry till they turn a deep golden.
Drain the oil and transfer them on a tissue or kitchen towel.
Proceed in the same manner with the rest of the dough and finish the whole batch.
Store in an air tight container and enjoy them with the beverage of your choice.