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Shakkarpara/Shankarpali/Sweet Diamond Cuts – Deep Fried & Baked Versions

Shakkarpara/Shankarpali/Sweet Diamond Cuts – Deep Fried & Baked Versions

Shakkarpara is a traditional Indian sweet snack which is commonly prepared during Diwali. They are crunchy and sweet in taste and simply hard to resist. They can be made in advance and stored for a long time. It was my most favorite snack in my childhood. It can be made in different ways. I am sharing a deep fried version and a baked version. The deep fried version is learnt from my mom.

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Deep Fried Version

Lets begin by keeping the ingredients ready.

Shakkarpara Deep Fried Version:

Measuring cup used: 1 cup = 250ml

Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour – 2 cups(approximately)

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Whole Milk – 1/2 cup

Granulated White Sugar – 1/2 cup

Vegetable Oil/Peanut Oil – For deep frying

Procedure:

Step 1:

In a sauce pan, add sugar, milk and ghee and place it on low heat. Mix all the ingredients. Heat it just until the sugar melts. Turn off the heat.

Step 2:

Let it cool completely. Transfer it into a wide bowl.

Step 3:

Add approximately 2 cups all purpose flour(as needed) in the above liquid mixture to form a semi soft dough. Knead it for few seconds. No need to rest the dough.

Step 4:

Place the dough on a parchment paper. Grease a rolling pin with ghee and roll the dough into a medium thick layer.

Step 5:

Cut it into diamond shapes or any desired shape.

Step 6:

Deep fry them in oil on medium heat. Remove and place them on a paper towel.

Step 7:

Let them cool completely. Store them in an air tight container.

Note: For the deep fried version, we can use any size of measuring cup but sugar, milk and ghee should be in equal quantities and must be measured using the same cup. The flour should be added as needed to form a semi soft dough.

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Deep Fried Version

Last year, I tried to make a baked version of Shakkarpara using whole wheat flour. The result was yummy Shakkarpara minus the extra calories that come from deep frying, plus the goodness of whole wheat flour. I am sharing the baked version of the recipe below.

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Baked Version

Lets begin by keeping the ingredients ready.

Shakkarpara Baked Version with Whole Wheat Flour:

Ingredients:

Measuring cup used: 1 cup = 250ml

Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups(approximately)

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Whole Milk – 1/2 cup

Granulated White Sugar – 1/2 cup

Baking Powder  1/2 Tsp.

Salt – a pinch

Procedure:

Step 1:

In a sauce pan, add sugar, milk and ghee and place it on low heat. Mix all the ingredients. Heat it just until the sugar melts. Turn off the heat.

Step 2:

Let it cool completely. Transfer it into a wide bowl.

Step 3:

Sift the whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt together.

Add approximately 2 cups sifted flour(as needed) in the prepared liquid mixture to form a semi soft dough. Cover the dough for 15 minutes. Knead it for few seconds.

Step 4:

Preheat the oven to 300F

Step 5:

Place the dough on a parchment paper. Grease a rolling pin with ghee and roll the dough into a medium thick layer.

Step 6:

Cut it into diamond shapes.

Step 7:

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Arrange the diamond shaped pieces in the baking tray. Make sure they are not crowded or overlapped.

Step 8:

Bake them for around 25- 30 minutes. Flip the pieces after 15 minutes when the top turns light brown. The baking time varies with the thickness and the size of the pieces.

Step 9:

Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. Store them in an air tight container.

I love to do, kid-friendly presentation of the food I make. Last year I  made a mini Shakkarpara house,  just like a ginger bread house. I have used the baked version of Shakkarapa recipe to make it. Here is the picture.

Choose your favorite method of making this traditional sweet snack. Whichever way it is made, they are delicious for sure!!!!! 🙂



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