How to make Baked Namakpara -

Baked flour diamonds flavoured with carom seeds.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Whole wheat flour (atta) , Refined flour (maida)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Baked Namakpara

Baked Namakpara Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Baked Namakpara Recipe

  • Whole wheat flour (atta) 1 1/2 cups

  • Refined flour (maida) 1/2 cup

  • Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ghee 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Mix the two flours and baking powder. Add ghee and rub in with fingertips to get crumby consistency.

Step 2

Add salt and crushed carom seeds. Add sufficient cold water to make a stiff dough.

Step 3

Cover the dough and let it rest for some time. Preheat oven to 200°C. Sprinkle some refined flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough into a half centimetre thick diskette (chapati).

Step 4

Grease a baking tray with a little oil and sprinkle refined flour on it. Cut the rolled out dough into diamond shaped pieces.

Step 5

Place them on the baking tray and bake in the preheated oven at 200°C for fifteen to twenty minutes. Serve hot or cool them down and store in an airtight container.

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