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Monday, March 25, 2013

Kucho Nimki /Salty Diamond Fritters for HOLI Festival


The countdown to Holi ( festival of colors ) has begun in earnest in India. Already my child is stocking colors and readying the pichkaris ( water gun ) to soak all and sundry during Holi festival. This reminds me of childhood days where me and friends used to ambush behind our compound walls with water color filled balloons and pichkaris to target any passerby or any family friends visiting our home to play holi. Their surprised look when they used to get drenched with water was priceless but all of them took it in the spirit of holi. 

Also, my mom used to prepare Gujiyas, Methi Mathri, Urad Dal ke pakore, Mutton Keema, Dahi Vade and Kucho nimkis ( diamond shaped nimkis) which we used to savor during playing with colored hands or after completing the holi and taking a through shower. 

Today I am posting the nimkis as they are best tea time snack. This is must for Bijoyas get togethers.
 
Ingredients:
2 cups All purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Carom seeds
1 tsp Nigella seeds (kalongi)
1 1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1/2 Baking soda
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Water to knead the dough (warm)
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Method:
Sift flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center to add oil. One by one add all the dry ingredients (not oil) and mix well with fingers. Once you have mixed oil and flour well, pour warm water a little at a time and knead the flour into a stiff dough. Knead it for 2-3 minutes more. Cover it with a moist cloth and let it rest for 1/2 hour.

Divide the dough into 2-3 equal parts. Take one portion and shape the dough into a ball and roll into a big roti /chapati.

 I prefer my set of nimkis very thin so rolled them really thin. Take a sharp knife and make crisscross cuts to make little diamonds. 

Heat oil in frying pan and ensure that oil temp is really hot. To check drop one diamond into hot oil, if it sizzles and comes up slowly it means temp is ok. Drop few diamonds into the hot oil and fry them on low temp. Flip them frequently for evenly fried nimkis or until they turn light golden in color.

 Drain thoroughly and let them cool properly. Repeat until you finish the dough. Once cool transfer these nimkis to an air tight container as they have life shell of 2-3 weeks. Whenever you want to enjoy these nimkis just sprinkle some black salt and enjoy !

35 comments:

  1. cool !!...u rock in presenting a recipe...

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  2. wow very good innovative presentaton...

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  3. The nimkis look so crunchy and inviting. Truly the festival spirit reflects in you post.. Happy Holi!!

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  4. mujhe chahiye....love this anyday any time ....

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  5. wow the beautiful knife!!! and this savory looks soooo delicious!!
    Sowmya
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  6. Happy holi.. bful cutties n simple cute pics..

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  7. Really Holi special... mone pore galo kolkata r kotha...

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  8. Delicious snack with tea...Happy Holi to you and your family..sadly we can't play Holi here beacuse of the very cold weather :( , but hey mere share ka aap khel lena ;)

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  9. yum snacks for Holi :) hope you are enjoying the day there

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  10. Love this crunchy snack. Happy Holi dear...

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  11. Wow, I love these...I simply call them diamond cuts ;-) Happy Holi in advance to u!!

    Luv,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  12. Delicious,crisp,and a perfect savoury for any festival

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  13. Looks super crisp and good, nice clicks Deepa :)

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  14. They are so good to snack...i mix them in my clumsy mixture too..

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  15. Never get bored of this crispy diamond fritters,wish i get a huge box of these fritters to munch rite now,my midnite craving.

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  16. Crispy, crunchy, puffy with lots of yums! So good till the end.

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  17. Absolutely love the arrangement - happy holiday to you

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  18. cool presentation deepa.. liked the foreground work..

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  19. Ek cup gorom Chaa... and mutho nimki... perfect... Happy Holi dear!

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  20. one ofmy favourite snack ever! lovley clicks

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  21. Haapy holi dear ! I can never get enough of these kucho nimki. sometimes I crushed them to make chaat too. BTW you perfected the art of making nimki !

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  22. Happy Holi to you and your family!

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  23. Happy Holi Deepa! Hope you have a colorful one :)

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  24. Hi Deepa Happy holi:)... nimki looks so nice & perfect...

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  25. Perfect with cold coffee ( cannot have hot tea in this heat )

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  27. Never tried the savory version, sounds perfect for me! Happy Holi :)

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  28. Bookmarked. Deepa, I loved the flavours in this wonderful snack. Too bad that I haven’t had them for atleast an year. Now I want to make them for sure!

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