Spicy Champakali Nimki 

Masala champakali namkeen is a bitter gourd shaped namkeen, which is prepared specially during Diwali. It is not only appealing to the eyes but to your taste buds also.

This crispy, beautiful flower shaped snack is made with refined flour and few spices. It is rolled and then shaped in a form of a flower bud which opens while frying.

It has many interesting names in different Indian States. It is called Champakali in Maharashtra, Karela Nimki or Crispy Karela in UP, Elo Jhelo in West Bengal and Kardoi in Assam. It has a sweet as well as savoury version abd both are delicious.

Spicy Champakali Nimki 

Course: SnacksCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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A tasty and easy Indian authentic snack.


  • Maida/All Purpose Flour – 1 cup

  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tbsp

  • Carrom Seeds (Ajwain) – ¼ tsp

  • Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp

  • Coarsely ground pepper powder – 1/8 tsp

  • Salt as per taste

  • Oil – ¼ cup

  • Water

  • Oil for frying


  • In a bowl, add the maida, cumin seeds, carrom seeds chilli powder, pepper powder and salt and mix well.
  • To this add the oil and rub it well to get a sand like texture.
  • Add water little by little to knead it into a medium stiff dough.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 min.
  • Make small balls from the dough and roll each of it into a thin disc.
  • Make vertical slits in it leaving a little around the edges.
  • And then start rolling it from one side, holding the edge together to make an oblong shape.
  • Repeat this for the rest of the dough.
  • Heat enough oil in a pan and deep fry the spicy champakali nimkis on medium to low heat till they are golden brown.
  • Transfer them onto a paper napkin to drain off excess oil.
  • Let it cool down completely and then store in an airtight container.

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