Why This Recipe Works
- Resting the dough after mixing allows the gluten to relax, making it easier to roll out the dough into thin sheets.
- Ghee both flavors the dough and gives it a flaky texture.
Diwali is a time for families to enjoy great snacks, and every family has its favorite ones, often prepared together at home. One of the most popular snacks to make during Diwali is shakarpara, also known as shankarpali, small deep-fried pastries spiced with cardamom. Each one is a small bite of magic.
Shankarpali (Shakarpara) Recipe
Shankarpali, also called shakarpara, are small deep-fried pastries spiced with cardamom—best enjoyed by the fistful during Diwali.
2 1/4 cups (340g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (100g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt; if using table salt, use half as much by volume
1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons (60g) ghee
1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk
Sunflower oil or other neutral oil, such as canola or peanut, for deep-frying
In a medium mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt. Add ghee and, using your hands, rub it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Slowly add milk in small increments, using your hands to mix it in until a firm yet supple dough forms (you may not need the entire 1/2 cup milk). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 30 minutes.
Place dough on a work surface and divide into 4 portions. Working with one portion at a time, and keeping the rest covered with plastic to prevent drying, use a rolling pin to roll out each portion into a sheet a little less than 1/8-inch-thick (about 2 to 3mm). Using a knife, cut a crosshatch pattern across each sheet of dough to create small diamond shapes.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2 inches oil to 365°F (185°C); when oil is hot enough, a test piece of dough should sizzle and float to the surface immediately upon being placed in the pot. Place several pieces of dough in oil at a time and fry, flipping pieces midway through, until both sides are a deep golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Using a spider, slotted spoon, or strainer, transfer fried dough pieces to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Rolling pin, heavy-bottomed pot, instant-read thermometer
Make-Ahead and Storage
The shankarpali can be stored in an airtight container at cool room temperature for up to 4 days.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 20 to 24|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|