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Baked Low Cal Namakpare | Baked Snacks

Next in the series of savoury baked goodies (converted from Deep-fry version) is today’s Low cal Baked Namakpare. Fondly known as diamond biscuits, I have memories of amma making these by the bushels for Krishna Jayanthi and we used to munch on these while (pretending to) studying intensive Chemistry or solving complex mathematical formulae for the exams. We made it this year too, but in today’s Low Cal Baked avatar. Yes, its not the original taste, but pretty much close that we could munch on guilt free 🙂


So, if you are looking for baked (savoury) goodies, take a peek at the following varieties at the end of this post, and till then enjoy these Low Cal Baked Namakpare. 

Refer Detailed notes.


Prep time : 20 mins, Bake time : 12-13 mins per batch, Makes : ~150 grams of the snack


  • Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup
  • Maida (All purpose flour) – 1/2 cup
  • Chiroti Rava (or very fine sooji / semolina) – 2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida / hing – 1/8 tsp
  • White unsalted butter – 4 TBSP
  • Oil – 2 tsp (to spray the baking sheet)
  • Warm water – 1/4 cup (more or less depending on the dough)


How to:

  1. Sieve the flours well. Take half the butter and mix with the soda, rub well with your fingers till it turns frothy.
  2. Now add the flours, salt, hing, sesame seeds, rest of the butter, Chiroti rava and mix well till the mixture turns crumbly.
  3. Slowly add warm water and knead to a semi soft dough. Cover and keep for 15 mins.
  4. Towards the end of this 15 mins, preheat oven to 160C.
  5. Pinch out a ball of the dough and roll into a thinnish large disk. With the help of a sharp, greased knife or a pizza cutter, cut out into diamond shaped pieces
  6. With a flat ladle, Slowly place these pieces on to a greased baking sheet. Finish with all the dough (do not let the diamond cuts dry up on the sheet – keep them covered)
  7. Bake at 160C, watching them continuously and flip over once to bake both sides to a golden brown. They burn very fast so keep an eye on them
  8. Once they cool down, put them on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.



  • You can make this with only APF, but I wanted to try a mix of flours
  • If using salt butter, omit the salt in the recipe.
  • The dough has to be the consistency of poori dough (not too soft and not too hard)
  • Do not add too much dry flour while rolling out, the extra flour burns in the oven leaving a rather bitter taste.
  • This temp of 160C worked for me. DO a test batch to see how your oven works.
  • If you don’t have Chiroti rava, blitz normal Upma Rava / Semolina for a few seconds till it breaks down a bit. Sieve and use.


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  1. vaishali sabnani

    Baked Namakpare ! How nice ! One doesn’t feel guilty while eating these munchies , and I am loving these baked goodies list . I must try these .

  2. Wow you surely have a huge list of deep fried dishes into baked dishes ..excellent Kalyani!

  3. Your baked namakpara look so crispy and inviting. Perfect tea time snack.

  4. I was wondering how I missed eating namakpare all this while till I read Diamond biscuits. Totally love them! Amazing that you are making guilt free versions of all these crunchy delectable snacks….am bookmarking all of them!

  5. That delicious karu-muru with a cup of chai is all that is needed on a cold evening…

  6. Priya Suresh

    Cant believe that those diamond cuts are baked, they looks very much like the fried ones Kalyani, ultimate munchies.

  7. Chef Mireille

    wow – you are so healthy with all these baked versions – so impressive

  8. cookingwithsapana

    I am loving the baked versions of the classic snacks. Very innovative idea.

  9. Oh yea! Muching on snacks like these while studying / pretending to study – so nostalgic! Love your baked versions Kalyani. Can munch on guilt free!

  10. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    wow kalyani, love it!! a guilt-free snack! i don't think i will stop with one!!!

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