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.