Khasta Nimki (Spicy and Savoury Fried Pastry)

AuthorPooja SundariaCategory

There is always something special about snacks and tea on a rainy evening. I prefer something dry savoury spicy style snack with my tea. So, what about khasta nimki with a hot cuppa of masala tea? Nimki is a crisp snack bursting with the distinct flavour of kalonji (onion seeds) - perfect for any time snacks. Nimki is actually Bengali jar snacks that should be crispy and flaky or khasta in texture. I love making these tringles in rainy season and winter.

Nimki is easy to make with very few ingredients, the nigella seeds are essential that gives the Nimki special flavour. When you bite this flaky savoury pastry you can feel it's lusciousness. These spicy, savoury flaky pastry snacks are rolled and folded with ghee and then deep-fried for perfection. It tastes wonderful with your favourite hot beverage, on a rainy evening. There are always someday snacks in my pantry so that I can just take them out and enjoy with my tea.

Packing and moving, lots of stuff going on in my life right now. So I am really short of time but my pre-made snack saves me when I am hungry. Nimki can be made pre and stored in an airtight container for a month. So, if you are looking for an easy and savoury snack recipe for a busy day, you can make nimki and store in an airtight container.

Enjoy this perfect tea time snack. Stay healthy, stay humble!

Yields20 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr

Ingredients

 2 cups All purpose flour
 1 tbsp Carom seeds
 1 tbsp Nigella seeds
 ½ tbsp Dried chilli flakes
 ½ tbsp Freshly crushed black peppercorn
 Salt as per taste
 4 tbsp Ghee plus 2 tbsp for layering
 Oil for deep frying
 Water for kneading the dough

Instructions

1

In a large bowl add the flour, carom seeds, nigella seeds, chilli flakes, crushed peppercorns, salt and 4 tbsp ghee and mix well. Now rub the flour and ghee with your fingers until it resembles look crumbly.

2

Now add water slowly and knead into a smooth tight dough. cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

3

After 30 mins knead the dough again for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide it into 20 small lemon sized balls.

4

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium to low heat.

5

Now roll out a piece of dough ball into a 4-5 inch thin circle and prick it with a fork all over. Then apply a little ghee on the circle and fold it into a triangle. Continue making the nimki with the rest of the dough in the same way.

6

Fry the nimkis a few at a time in medium to low heat for 8-10 minutes. Drain with a slotted spoon and let it cool.

7

Once its cooled down store it in an airtight container or enjoy with a cup of tea.

Ingredients

 2 cups All purpose flour
 1 tbsp Carom seeds
 1 tbsp Nigella seeds
 ½ tbsp Dried chilli flakes
 ½ tbsp Freshly crushed black peppercorn
 Salt as per taste
 4 tbsp Ghee plus 2 tbsp for layering
 Oil for deep frying
 Water for kneading the dough

Directions

1

In a large bowl add the flour, carom seeds, nigella seeds, chilli flakes, crushed peppercorns, salt and 4 tbsp ghee and mix well. Now rub the flour and ghee with your fingers until it resembles look crumbly.

2

Now add water slowly and knead into a smooth tight dough. cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes.

3

After 30 mins knead the dough again for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide it into 20 small lemon sized balls.

4

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium to low heat.

5

Now roll out a piece of dough ball into a 4-5 inch thin circle and prick it with a fork all over. Then apply a little ghee on the circle and fold it into a triangle. Continue making the nimki with the rest of the dough in the same way.

6

Fry the nimkis a few at a time in medium to low heat for 8-10 minutes. Drain with a slotted spoon and let it cool.

7

Once its cooled down store it in an airtight container or enjoy with a cup of tea.

Khasta Nimki (Spicy and Savoury Fried Pastry)
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