I have this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor. In Bihar, this snack is always made deep fried and with Maida (AP Flour). My MIL is here and she made this some days back, with whole wheat flour and we baked one batch. Here is our recipe for namakpara / nimki as it is called in Bihar!
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsps (you can increase this to upto 1 cup also, but we chose not to)
Salt to taste
Ajwain / carom - 1 large tbsp (You can reduce this, but the namakpara is delicious with this taste)
Mix the flour, ajwain, salt and baking powder. Add ghee and rub till it has a crumbly texture. Add water to make dough (Like I have said, it should be as tight as J Lo's ass!). Make 5 portions of the dough and roll one of these out to make a chapati, a very thick one. Cut the dough into diamond shaped peices. On a greased baking tray, place the pieces separately and bake them in the microwave at 180 degrees for 20 mins. You can turn them once in a while. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
Alternately, these can be deep-fried. The whole-wheat namakparas do not absorb as much oil as the ones made with AP Flour. And they are a very good tea time snack!
This is going toNutan's MEC- Tea-time snacks. Also check Srivalli's page.
This is also going to Diwali Special - Sweets and Savories.