We are all gearing up to celebrate the festival of Lights DIWLAI. This year the celebrations are not going to be same as previous years.Lot of things have changed today. But let us keep the festive spirit by making some delicacies to celebrate the occasion. Presenting Masala Namak Para (Snack) a popular savory snack.

What is Diwali?

This year Diwali falls on Nov 14th. Diwali is a festival of lights. It is one of the most popular Hindu Festival.Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Home are cleaned and beautifully decorated both inside and outside. Families gift each other and exchange sweets and savory dishes. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. This year I would like to request my readers not to burst crackers and be socially responsible. It will help to reduce pollution and people with breathing difficulties can heal faster. Let us do our part without dampening the festive spirits. This year has been tough for everyone ,so let us pledge to heal together with all the positivity around us.

What is the theme for Shhhhh Cooking?

The theme for October is suggested by Poonam who is a versatile blogger and has many traditional and international recipes to her credit. Do check her Laddoo recipe. My partner for this theme is Aruna an amazing blogger at Vasusvegkitchen.She has many traditional Andhra recipes .Some of her recipes makes me so nostalgic as it reminds me of fabulous years spent in Vizag. I gave her two secret ingredients Cardamom and Sesame Seeds. She has whipped up these delicious and refined sugar free Flax Seeds Ladoo.


  • Whole wheat Flour— I have used whole wheat flour instead of Maida
  • Kasuri Methi——–Adds a nice flavor to the snack
  • Black Sesame Seeds–Good source of calcium and enhances the flavor of the dish
  • White Sesame Seeds–Good source of calcium and enhances the flavor of the dish
  • Oil–I have used sunflower oil for deep frying
  • Salt–Main ingredient to this dish
  • Red Chilli Powder—To give some hotness to the dish
  • Ghee –Gives a nice texture and flavor to the dough
  • Sooji– Helps to make the namak para crisp
  • Pepper Powder— Gives some spice kick

Recipe for Masala Namak Para(Snack):

  • Author: Preethi Prasad
  • Prep Time : 15 Mins
  • Cook Time : 45 Mins
  • Total Time : 60 mins
  • Course : Snack
  • Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients:(1 Cup =250 ml)

  • 1 Cup Whole wheat Flour
  • Oil for Deep frying
  • 2 Tsp Ghee
  • 1 Tsp Pepper Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Sooji
  • 1.5 Tsp Black Sesame
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1 Tsp White Sesame Seesd
  • Water for kneading the dough


  • In a wide bottom bowl add wheat flour , salt, sooji,pepper powder,black sesame ,white sesame ,red chilli powder,kasuri methi, and melted ghee. Mix well.
  • Slowly add water and knead it to a smooth but a stiff dough.
  • Cover it and allow it to rest for 20 mins.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  • In the meantime take a small dough and roll it like a chapati /tortilla.
  • Cut them in diamond shape and fry it on medium flame in hot oil. do not burn them. Once the oil is hot it will rise immediately ,fry them until it turns golden brown and crisp.Patience is the key here.
  • Remove them and transfer it on to a paper towel .
  • Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container.
  • Repeat the process for the balance dough.
  • Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14 thoughts on “MASALA NAMAK PARA (SNACK)”

  1. My favorite. I too make with whole wheat flour . Next time will try adding pepper powder and sesame like how you have prepared. I usually add chilli powder and jeera .

  2. Masala Namak Paras are a quintessential snack during Diwali at my place and we all love it to the core. I too make it with whole wheat flour and add Nigella seeds (Kalonji) also in it apart from the sesame seeds , carom seeds and pepper powder.

  3. Since I was kid I love simple namak pare whenever mom made it especially on Holi and Diwali.your namak pare with all the herbs and spices surely sounds a flavourful treat.. look so crispy and crunchy.

  4. When the kids were at home with me, I had to make namak para every month as that’s how much they loved them – spicy diamonds as they called them. A delicious spicy snack to share with friends and family and to snack on too.

  5. Namakpaare are my favourite snack of all times. Like you, I also make these with wheat flour. I love the spices you have added in – pepper powder, sesame, kassori methi and the likes. They must have taken the taste of the namakpaare up by several notches!

  6. Masala namak para looks very crispy di, one of favorite snack from my childhood. My mom use to prepare this regularly as evening snack. Loved adding kasuri methi and black sesame seeds in it.

  7. While we were small we had a big steel dabba that was always filled with masala namakpare. not only did the children love it the cats used to get a share too. the images brought back these fantastic memories

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