Spinach & Beetroot sticks, Nimki, Namakpara, Salty & Crispy snack

Spinach & Beetroot Sticks

Spinach & Beetroot Sticks are a form of Nimki or Namak para. 

Nimki or Namak para is a traditional tea time savoury snack made from Plain flour. It is made and stored in homes as many of us in India prepare at least once a month. These nimkis serve as a replacement for chips and biscuits. Although they are fried in oil, they are still much healthier than purchasing chips and cookies from the stores.

Giving  a twist to the traditional nimki, I have added spinach and beet root to the flour. Spinach and beetroot add a lot of fibre, texture and colour to these Nimkis and make them healthier.

I have also tried to make the shape a little different from the traditional diamond shape. I have shaped them like thin, long  sticks and also twisted them a bit. Hence the name Spinach & Beetroot Sticks.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

For spinach sticks
1 cup maida (all-purpose flour)
½ teaspoon pepper powder
¼ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
1 teaspoon salt / to taste
½ cup spinach puree (blanched & pureed)
1 tablespoon oil
Oil for frying

For beetroot sticks
1 cup maida (all-purpose flour)
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
¼ teaspoon kalonji (nigella seeds)
1 teaspoon salt / to taste
½ cup beetroot puree (boiled and pureed)
1 tablespoon oil
Oil for frying


  • Place all the ingredients for spinach stick in a food processor bowl, and make dough without adding any water. Keep covered and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a broad pan on medium heat.
  • Divide the dough into 2 portions. Roll 1 part into a big circle of about 1/5 inch thickness. Cut into 1/3 inch wide stripes. Twist them a little and fry them in small batches over medium to low heat until they are crisp.
  • Drain on paper towel. Make the rest similarly.
  • Store them in an air tight container when at room temperature.
  • Serve them with mayonnaise dip or dip of your choice.
  • Follow exactly the same method and prepare beetroot sticks also.

Note: Make firm dough without using water. You can make the dough without a food processor also. While frying take care not to fry in very hot oil. I have cut them in long strips but you can cut them in 3 inch long strips or in diamond shape or any shape of your choice.

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