Diwali Recipe: Shankarpali / शंकरपाळी / Shakarpara

(खुसखुशीत आणि गोड शंकरपाळी) How to prepare Shankarpali / Sweet Diamonds / Shakarpara

Hello Everyone,
Shankarpali is a sweet snack that is traditionally enjoyed amongst the Maharashtrian and Gujarati

community in India as a treat on Diwali festival and has a long shelf-life too. Diwali is around the corner looking for Diwali faral and as we saw how to prepare homemade Chaklichi Bhajani and Chakli, now it's time to start with some sweets, so this crispy, crunchy, and yet very soft and melt in mouth delicacy that is Shankarpali. It's a tried and tested foolproof recipe. To Make it more soft and delicious, I have added milk powder, and it turns out very well. I always enjoy this sweet delicacy by dipping into hot tea, have you tried it before? It tastes heavenly when dipped in a hot tea and it is my all-time favorite tea-time snack. So let's give it a try.

(खासकरुन दिवाळीला सर्वांकडे केली जाणारी अशी खुससुशीत, गोड आणि फराळाला चव आणणारी शंकरपाळी झटपट तयार करा. तुम्ही ही शंकरपाळी इतर वेळीही करु शकता, ही शंकरपाळी संध्याकाळच्या चहाची रंगत वाढवायला मदत होईल.)


  1. Maida 2 cups
  2. Sugar ½ cup, powdered
  3. Ghee ½ cup
  4. Milk Powder 1 tbsp
  5. Milk ½ cup (Room Temperature)
  6. Salt 1 pinch
  7. Veg. Oil for frying

  1. In a bowl add ½ cup milk, ½ cup powdered sugar mix well till sugar gets dissolved in milk.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl add 2 cups of maida, a pinch of salt, and milk powder, mix all well.
  3. Now, into mixed flour add molten ghee, and mix this ghee into flour very well.
  4. Add milk and sugar mixture to the flour slowly and keep mixing to form a slightly firm yet smooth dough. Cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour dust the working surface with flour, take some dough portion, and roll the dough into a thick circle.
  6. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter to cut into 1/2" width long horizontal strips. Cut these strips vertically so that you achieve diamond cuts.
  7. Remove each cut piece and place it on a plate so that you can drop them easily into the hot oil while deep frying.
  8. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and place a few of the cut pieces carefully into the hot oil and cook Shankarpali on a low to medium flame. (Fry in batches)
  9. Deep fry till they attain a golden brown shade. Remove the finished shankarpali and place it on absorbent paper. Once cool, place them in an airtight container.
  10. Here, sweet, crispy, and mouth-melting Shankarpali is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

My Take :
  • The addition of milk powder makes Shankarpali very crispy, melt in the mouth, and layered.
  • If the dough is too soft then add more flour and If the dough is too stiff, add milk or water and knead to make a soft dough.
  • Roll shankarpali a little bit thicker for delicious bites.
  • If you want to avoid deep-fried oil extra calories, then you can bake Shankarpali by preheating the oven at 180 C for 10 minutes and baking for 15-18 minutes.

Dietary Comments :
Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Per serving contains 21 calories, along with carbohydrates - 2.08 g, fats - 1.34 g, proteins - 0.25 g.
Good Time To Eat :
           It's good to eat Shankarpali or Sweet diamonds as a snack.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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  1. Hari OM
    Am delighted that you found me and now I have found you! I am good at savoury cooking, but a little uncertain on the mithai - I shall be researching your recipes!!! Shubh Deepavali!!!
    YAM xx

    1. Hari OM
      Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation. Shubh Deepavali to you and your family!!!


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