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Nimki (Crispy Nigella Seed Snacks)

A recipe for Nimki (Crispy Nigella Seed Snacks)! These strips of dough are flavored with Nigella seeds and fried until golden.
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword fried, India, Indian, nigella seeds, snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6 Servings


  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds Kalonji
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or ghee
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Sift the flour with the baking powder into a bowl.
  • Add the nigella seeds, salt, and the melted butter or ghee and crumble into small lumps.
  • Add the water a little at a time to make a firm but pliable dough. Alternatively, you can make the dough in a food processor.
  • Cover the dough and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into four pieces (this makes it more manageable).
  • Roll out to just under 1/4 inch (5 millimeters) thick. Using a knife, cut the dough into strips about 1 1/2 inch (4 centimeters) long and 1/2 inch (1 centimeter) wide. You could also cut them into similar-sized diamond shapes, but they should all be the same size and shape so they cook at the same rate.
  • Meanwhile, heat a 2 1/2 inch (6 centimeters) depth of oil in a karai or wok over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and fry the Nimki in small batches until golden brown.
  • As the Nimki are done, remove them using a slotted spoon and spread out on a non-metallic plate to cool completely and become crisp, before transferring to an airtight container, where they should keep for up to 2 weeks.