Crispy, savoury munchies from the Bengali’s tea time snack box
Add ghee, salt (as per taste), nigella seeds and cooking soda to the flour. Mix for at least 5 to 7 minutes till the flour is crumbly, with a sand-like texture.
(Check whether the ghee and flour have mixed to perfection by taking a palm full of the flour and squeezing into a lump. If the lump holds shape, the flour is ready.)
Gradually add water to the flour and knead well. The dough needs to be on the tighter side so be careful with the water.
For kucho nimki/diamond-shaped nimki: For this you need a bigger disk so join two of the lemon-sized dough balls that you’ve made. Flatten the dough ball on the surface and roll it like chapatti or flat bread. With a sharp knife, make parallel lines. Repeat the action diagonally to get diamond shaped nimkis.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or kadhai, on medium flame.
Once the oil is hot, slowly slide in the nimki. Deep fry on low flame till the snack is golden brown and crispy.
Serve piping hot as a snack or cool and store in an airtight container, preferably a glass jar, for up to a week.