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Padma Nimki

Padma Nimki
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Diwali ,the festival of Lights is near the corner .During this festival we make our traditional sweets and savory dishes and share among our family,friends and neighbors.
Traditionally this festival not only attempts to light our home and surroundings which also signifies eradicating the darkness from one’s life but also lighten the inner soul with knowledge and wisdom.
There are many stories in Hindu Mythology related to this festival.
The most popular being from the Ramayana ,when Lord Ram was returning back to his kingdom Yayodha  with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman after 14 years exile during which he had put an end to the King of Lanka Ravana,the people of Ayodha welcomed their king by  lighting lamps in honor of the victory of Truth over the evil.

The recipe discussed in the post is an old traditional recipe which looks pretty and tastes delicious.It can be consumed as a tea time snacks.The word  “Padma” in the name of the dish means Lotus as the shape of this savory resembles a lotus flower.But you can give any shape to this dish with any cutter available.Lotus also has special significance in Diwali as the Goddess of Lakshmi is worshiped during this festival.Goddess Lakshmi is the God of wealth ,prosperity and food and she holds lotus in her hand which symbolizes beauty and purity.

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Ingredients

  1. Refined flour (3 cups)
  2. Vegetable oil (1/2 cup)
  3. salt(as per taste)
  4. Red Chilly powder(1 tsp)
  5. Carom seeds(1 tbsp)
  6. Nigella seeds (1/2 tbsp)
  7. Oil for deep frying(3 cups)
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Preparations
  1. Mix all the ingredients together except the oil for deep fry till the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add 1/4th cup of hot water  little by little till a soft but firm and tight dough is formed.Do not knead the dough too much.
  3. Keep it covered for an hour.
  4. Make big rounds ad cut off circles from it.
  5. Form petals with your fingers  around the edge of the circle.
  6. Make incisions with a knife on the dish so that the disks do not puff up.
  7. The oil should be medium hot.
  8. Fry over low flame in batches.Each batch may take 10 to 15 minutes to get brown.it should be thoroughly fried from inside and very crispy.
  9. Take out from the oil and keep in air tight container.

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