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Diwali Recipe Nimki
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Nimki (Savory Crackers)

Nimki is a popular savory pre-make snack from the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh. Find out how to make Nimki - the savory crackers
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 pieces
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 500 gm refined flour maida
  • 2 teaspoon carom seeds ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • lukewarm water to bind the dough
  • 2 tablespoon refined oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • Oil for deep-frying


  • Combine flour, ajwain and salt together in a bowl.
  • Using lukewarm water bind a stiff yet pliable dough. Knead the dough for 2 - 3 minutes. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make a paste of cornflour and refined oil. Set aside.
  • Divide the dough into 2 - 3 equal size balls.
  • Dust the kitchen counter with a teaspoon or so of flour. Roll out one ball of dough into a giant chapati. Make sure not to roll out dough very thin. It should have thickness similar to that of a chapati.
  • Evenly smear a spoonful of oil and cornflour paste over the chapati using your fingers.
  • Beginning from one side, role up dough to form a long cylinder like shape (as shown in image) and press gently at the edges to seal.
  • Cut the roll into 8 - 10 round slices (see image 1 & 2).
  • Place one slice on the counter like a wheel in a standing position. Press gently with your palm and roll out into a oblong shape (refer to image 3). Similarly, shape all the crackers. This step is crucial to get the flaky layers in the Nimki.
  • Heat oil in a deep-frying pan over medium flame.
  • Deep fry the crackers in small batches over medium heat. Flip once they turn light brown and crisp from one side. Try to deep-fry the crackers in low-medium heat for better color and even cooking. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature.