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Shakkarpara Recipe

These crispy, flaky and sugar coated shakkarpara are THE perfect snack for diwali or holi. Also popularly known as shankarpali, this is such a simple, yet delicious snack recipe made with all-purpose flour, sugar, cardamom powder that can be enjoyed anytime!!!
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 7


Shakkarpara Dough

  • 2 cups (250g) Maida/all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Room temperature water/milk
  • pinch of salt

Sugar Cardamom Syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • Oil or ghee for deep frying


To Make the Dough

  • Take 2 cups (250 grams) maida in a mixing bowl or pan. Add 2 tbsp ghee. The ghee should be at room temperature and in a semi solid state.
  • With your fingertips, mix the ghee with the flour very well.
  • When you press the flour+ghee mixture in your palm, the mixture should be able to hold itself together without falling apart.
  • Now add milk in parts. Depending on the quality of flour, you can add less or more.
  • Knead to a firm semi soft dough. Neither too soft nor too hard. Divide the dough into two parts. Cover and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Take one part and roll into a thick 8 to 9 inches in diameter. With a knife make vertical or horizontal stripes.
  • Heat oil for deep frying in a pan. Make sure the oil is medium-low hot. Test the oil temperature by adding a pea shaped ball of dough into the oil. This small piece of the dough should come up gradually and quickly on the surface.
  • Drop the shakkarpara into the medium hot oil and fry till they are crisp and light golden onboth sides. Keep a check on the oil. You can increase or decrease the flame to maintain that medium-low heat on the oil.
  • On the last batch of frying the shakkarpara, you can start preparing the sugar syrup. Let all the shakkarpara come to room temperature, before you add them in the sugar syrup


Instead of all purpose flour, you can take atta
Oil can be replaced for ghee
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