Sweet Shankarpara

Shankarpali recipe | Bombay Lakdi | Shakarpara

 

 

Kalakala

Shankarpali recipe | Bombay Lakdi | Shakarpara recipe with detailed notes, tips, stepwise pictures and recipe video. Shankarpali is a crispy, deep fried sweet, made with flour, ghee / butter, milk or water and sugar. It is often made during festival season especially for Diwali. This is a simple, tasty and quick sweet snacks recipe. 

Shankarpali recipe

Shankarpali or sweet Shakarpara is a perfect sweet snack for Diwali. Another mom’s signature recipe is this Sweet diamond cuts or Kalakala. My mom and Paati call this sweet snack as Bombay Lakdi. What do you call this sweet? I am not sure why, but we call it Bombay Lakdi. Only after moving to USA I knew this sweet was also called as Shankarpali or Shakarpara, where its origin is from Maharashtra. Traditionally, this sweet is made with ghee and milk to make the dough. 

This is one of my favorite sweet, fried snack. Back in Chennai, whenever I am bored I ask mom to make this. She never hesitates a single bit. She makes this sweet Shakarpara or Kalakala in a jiffy. Soft, flaky, buttery, this snack is made out maida and is also called as maida biscuits or diamond biscuits. 

Easy diwali sweet recipe

Mom makes this for every Diwali and I am responsible to check for the sweetness in the dough, and cut them into diamonds. 🙂 Half the time I eat the raw dough (heheh..) and when mom catches me redhanded, I reply saying I was just checking if there is enough sweet.. 🙂 Check out this simple diamond cuts recipe and let me know if you make this for this Diwali. 

Also check other diwali recipes – Fail-proof Badusha, Instant Palkova and other Festival Sweet Recipes.

Things to note 

Replace maida with wheat flour 

For healthier version of this recipe, replace maida (all-purpose flour) with wheat flour. 

Butter at room temperature 

Always use butter at room temperature and not directly from the fridge. Using butter at room temperature gives a soft and flaky texture to the Shankarpali.

 

 

Powdered sugar

Make sure to powder the sugar completely, before adding to the dough. So there will no granules to the dough.

Rice flour

Adding rice flour gives crispiness to the Sweet diamond cuts. Do not add more that given mentioned amount for this recipe.

Shankarpali recipe

 

Replace water with milk 

You can replace water with lukewarm milk to make this recipe rich. Always add water / lukewarm milk little by little to form a soft dough.

Fry at medium heat

Always fry the Shakarpara in medium heat. Make sure the oil is hot enough. Stir the Shakarpara occasionally, to ensure even cooking inside.

FAQ 

What should I do if my dough is sticky?

If the dough is sticky, add 1-2 tbsp maida and knead the dough. The dough has to be firm and non-sticky. 

Why did my Shakarpara break while frying?

Too much butter can make the Shakarpara break. Add tbsp of maida and knead the dough.

Shankarpali recipe or Shakarpara Recipe Video

Lets check out the recipe

Firstly, bring butter to room temperature. In a clean mixer jar, add 1/2 cup of sugar and grind into a fine powder.

shankarpali step 1
Secondly, bring a large mixing bowl and add 1 cup of maida or all-purpose flour. Add 2 tbsp rice flour, a pinch of salt, and 2 tbsp butter.

shankarpali step 2
Furthermore, add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, and give a quick mix.

shankarpali step 3
Add 1/4 cup of water little by little and knead to form a soft dough. You can replace water with 1/4 cup of warm milk too.

shankarpali step 4
Divide the dough into two halves and keep it covered. Briefly knead the first half of the dough for a min or two. Dust the countertop with dry flour and place the dough.

shankarpali step 5
Roll the dough into a slightly thick chapati shape and cut into diamond shapes or any desired shape.
Separate the diamond cuts and keep aside.

shankarpali step 6
Lastly, bring a large Kadai or a pan over a medium flame and add oil to fry the shankarpali or diamond cuts. Check if the oil is warm, by adding a pinch of dough to the hot oil. If the dough bounces back quickly, then the oil is warm enough to fry the shakarpara.
Now carefully add the diamond cuts to the oil and let it fry in medium heat. Stir occasionally, and let it cook and change color to a deep golden brown. Now, flip the other side and allow it to cook.

shankarpali step 7
Remove the fried sweet diamond cuts and drain them on a kitchen towel.
Cool completely, and store the shankarpali or shakarpara in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Easy Shankarpali recipe

Shankarpali recipe | Bombay Lakdi | Shakarpara | Sweet diamond cuts | Kalakala

Shankarpali is a crispy, deep fried sweet, made with flour, ghee / butter, milk or water and sugar. It is often made during festival season especially for Diwali. Shakarpara or Kalakala is a simple, tasty and quick sweet snacks recipe. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snacks, Sweet
Cuisine: maharastrian, South Indian
Keyword: bombay lakdi, easy diwali recipes, easy diwali snack recipe, easy diwali sweet recipe, how to make shakarpara, how to make shankarpali, how to make sweet diamond cuts, kalakala, shakarpara, shankarpali, sweet diamond cuts, sweet shakarpara, sweet shankarpali recipe
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Jayasudha Sivakumar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All-purpose flour Maida
  • 2 Tbsp Butter room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Rice flour
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water (or warm milk) +/-

Instructions

  • Firstly, bring butter to room temperature. In a clean mixer jar, add 1/2 cup of sugar and grind into a fine powder.
  • Secondly, bring a large mixing bowl and add 1 cup of maida or all-purpose flour.
  • Add 2 tbsp rice flour, a pinch of salt, and 2 tbsp butter.
  • Furthermore, add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, and give a quick mix.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water little by little and knead to form a soft dough.
  • You can replace water with 1/4 cup of warm milk too.
  • Divide the dough into two halves and keep it covered.
  • Briefly knead the first half of the dough for a min or two. Dust the countertop with dry flour and place the dough.
  • Roll the dough into a slightly thick chapati shape and cut into diamond shapes or any desired shape.
  • Separate the diamond cuts and keep aside.
  • Lastly, bring a large Kadai or a pan over a medium flame and add oil to fry the shankarpalli or diamond cuts.
  • Check if the oil is warm, by adding a pinch of dough to the hot oil.
  • If the dough bounces back, then the oil is warm enough to fry the shakarpara.
  • Now carefully add the diamond cuts to the oil and let it fry in medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally, and let it cook and change color to a deep golden brown.
  • Now, flip the other side and allow it to cook.
  • Remove the fried sweet diamond cuts and drain them on a kitchen towel.
  • Cool completely, and store the shankarpalli or shakarpara in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Notes

  1. For healthier version of this recipe, you can replace maida with whole wheat flour.
  2. You can replace water with lukewarm milk to make the dough.
  3. Adding rice flour adds crispiness to the Shakarpara.
  4. Always add water little by little to form a stiff dough.
  5. Use powdered sugar, so that there are no granules on the dough 
  6. Fry the sweet diamond cuts in medium heat.
  7. For detailed notes and tips, please check the 'Things to note' section.
 
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