Shankarpali Recipe, Sweet Shankarpali for Diwali


Shankarpali recipe with step by step photos – Shankarpali is a sweet snack which is usually made during festive occasions like Diwali in Maharashtra.

shankarpali recipe, sweet shankarpali

These slightly flaky, melt in the mouth crisp fried flour cookies are a good tea time snack and popular in Western India.

A similar snack along the lines of shankarpali is shakkar pare which are made in North India. There are some differences in the preparation of both these snacks.

Along with shankarpali there are few more Diwali snacks which are often made during Diwali festival.

Few popular Diwali snacks recipes are:

This is a sweet shankarpali recipe and another popular variation is a spiced Savory shankarpali with spices.

In this post, I have fried as well as baked the shankarpali. the fried one had a darker shade than the baked ones. Taste wise both are good. The fried ones had puffed up more than the baked ones and had a more crumbly texture. The baked shankarpali tasted more like baked cookies.

You can use the frying method or the healthy baking method. Below is the pic of baked shankarpali and the first & last pic is of the shankarpali made using frying method.

baked shankarpali recipe

You can make shankarpali in bulk and store them in airtight container and enjoy them for the next few weeks as a snack or with tea. Sharing my mom’s recipe of shankarpali. One snack she would often make during festivals, especially around Diwali.

How to make shankarpali

1. First powder ½ cup sugar in a dry grinder.

sugar to make shankarpali recipe

2. Sieve 1.5 cup all purpose flour/maida, a pinch of salt and powdered sugar. Mix in the ½ cup rava/sooji/semolina. Add 2 tbsp melted ghee or warm oil.

Note – use 2 tbsp ghee or oil for making fried shankarpali and 3 tbsp ghee or oil for making baked shankarpali

flour for making shankarpali recipe

3. With your fingertips rub the ghee or oil in the flour mixture and make a breadcrumb like consistency. The whole mixture when gathered should hold itself up like the pic below.

dough to make shankarpali recipe

4. Add warm milk in intervals while kneading. Add milk as required. Depending on the quality of maida and sooji, more milk can be added.

milk for making shankarpali recipe

5. Knead to a tight dough. Keep aside covered for 20-30 mins at room temperature.

dough to prepare shankarpali recipe

6. Divide the dough into two parts and roll each part into a circle of about 6-7 inches in diameter.

dough for shankarpali recipe

7. With a knife or pizza cutter, make diamond shapes from the dough. Discard the edges and join them together with the other piece of dough.

dough for making shankarpali recipe

Frying shankarpali

8. Drop the diamond shaped shankarpali gently in medium hot oil.

making shankarpali recipe

9. Gently fry the shankarpali till golden.

frying shankarpali - shankarpali recipe

10. Remove from slotted spoon and drain shankarpali on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

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11. For baking, place the shankarpali in a baking tray keeping space in between. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees C for 20-25 mins. Below is a pic of the baked shankarpali. once baked remove and cool them on a wire rack.

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12. When cooled, store the shankarpali in an air-tight container or jar.

sweet shankarpali recipe, shankarpali recipe

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Sweet shankarpali recipe – crisp, flaky, melt in the mouth fried and baked biscuits. Shankarpali is a popular festive snack from maharashtra.

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian

Course: Snacks, Sweets

Servings 1 small jar


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