Masala Kaju Namakpara | A crispy savory snack to celebrate Diwali with family and friends.
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Diwali is round the corner and just like every year my preparation to celebrate this festival with family and friends are in full swing. Though this year can't celebrate Diwali the way we used to celebrate. But making something sweet and savory is must as it's Diwali. I have already made Namakpara or Nimki (in Bengali) for Durga Puja so thought of making this Masala Kaju for Diwali this year.
Masala kaju namakpara or simply known as masala kaju (there is no cashew in it) is a crispy, savory, lip smacking, famous North Indian snack. This is a must for Diwali in most North Indian houses. The process of making this snack is similar to Namakpara, only difference is it's shape (which is like cashew nuts) and the spice mix added after frying. If you have already enjoyed Namakpara many times try Masala kaju this Diwali following the recipe given below. It's really simple to make, really delicious and stay fresh for a long time.
Masala Kaju Namakpara
Prep time: 50 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 2 cups (approximately)
Maida or all purpose flour 1 &1/2 cup
Salt 1 teaspoon
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
Baking powder 1/8 teaspoon
Cumin seeds or Jeera 2 teaspoon
Ghee 2 tablespoon
Water 1/2 cup ( plus 2-3 teaspoon extra if needed)
For spice mix
Dry mango powder 1 teaspoon
Chaat masala 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
Black paper powder 1/2 teaspoon
Pink salt 1/2 teaspoon
Table salt 1/4 teaspoon
Sunflower oil or any other flavourless oil for deep frying
In a flat bowl combine Flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cumin seeds and ghee.
Mix with hand rubbing with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumb. Once done if you press the flour mixture in your fist it will hold the shape.
Add 1/2 cup water and combine everything well. If needed add 1 tsp water at a time and continue mixing it. Do not knead the dough. Just mix them till a tight dough is formed.
Cover the dough with a Muslin cloth or with a bowl and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Mix all the spices mentioned above to make the spice mixture.
Divide the dough in two equal portions and roll them into 1/2 inch thick circle.
Now with help of a cookie cutter or bottle cap or small glass (I have used a big size nozzle) start cutting the shapes. (see the pics below)
Keep the kajus covered till you fry them.
Heat enough oil in a heavy bottom pan to deep fry. Once oil is hot reduce the flame to low and add the kajus in oil. Let them fry on low heat till it's golden brown in colour. It will take 10 to 12 minutes or more.
Once done take out from oil and transfer to a bowl.
While they are hot add the spice mixture and give it a good mix so that the spices coat them well.
Let it cool completely and then store in an airtight container. It will stay fresh up to 1 month.
Here is How to Make it step by step:
Prepare the dough and rest it for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough and cut the shapes.
Prepare the spice mixture.
Fry the kajus on low flame and once done mix the spice mixture.
Your Masala Kaju is ready to enjoy.
While making the dough keep in mind it should be a tight dough and don't knead the dough just mix it well till everything comes together. This is important to get the crispy ness.
If you want to make it vegan use oil instead of ghee in the dough. Adding ghee gives it the flaky texture. So I recommend to use ghee if it's ok with you.
You can use ajwain or carom seeds in place of jeera in the dough. Or you can use both in equal quantity.
Keep the flame to low while frying. It will take little time but it is very important as it will make the kajus crispy and well cooked inside.
The spice mix I have mentioned is as per my liking, you can adjust it according to your taste buds or you can add any other spices of your choice.
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