Nimki (Salted Fried Crackers)

Nimki (Salted Fried Crackers)

Nimki (Salted Fried Crackers)

Nimki (Namak Para) is a popular classic savory snack. You can serve nimkies with pickle at tea time, or enjoy as is! For all those upcoming holidays nimkies make a good snack to have around. They also make good homemade holiday gift.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (maida, plain flour)
  • 2 tablespoons sooji fine, samolina
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Approx. ¼ cup warm water
  • 18 whole black pepper for garnishing
  • Also need oil to fry


  • Mix the dry ingredients all purpose flour, sooji, salt, and cumin seeds, add the oil and mix it well.
  • Add water slowly to make firm dough. Cover the dough and set aside for at least ten minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 18 equal parts.
  • Take each part of the dough and make them in smooth round shape. Roll them into thin circles should be about four inch diameter.
  • Prick each nimki with a fork in 10 to 12 places, (to prevent puffing the nimkies when frying. Fold the rolled nimki into triangle don’t press it, prick them lightly from both sides 2 to 3 times. Take one whole black pepper and press it in the center. Repeat the processes roll all the nimkies before frying.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up very slowly.
  • Fry nimkies in batches, making sure to place just enough nimkies to cover the frying oil. Fry them until both sides are a light golden-brown. This should take about 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Take them out over paper towel, which will absorb the extra oil.


  1. If the nimkies are cooked on high heat, they will not be crisp.
  2. Nimkies can be stored for a month in airtight containers.
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16 thoughts on “Nimki (Salted Fried Crackers)

  1. a lovely recipe Manjulaji,would adding red chili powder and ajwain,make a difference to the flavour?will try very soon .great recipes and website

  2. Thank You Auntiji ..for a beautiful recipe n dish..i m a maharashtrian….an i made it for tradition..where everybody brings snacks(khirapat) gather n eat..i enjoyed making got many compliments..its all bcoz of u..thank you..i referred my friends ur website…i hope they like an enjoy it as i do..luv u auntiji

  3. Great snack and one of my favourite. Been thinking that it’s a long and tuff process to get these crispy nimkis but you made it look so easy. Thanks for the post.

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