Shakkarpara is a traditional snack recipe which is usually made during festival seasons like holi, deepavali etc. It is very popular across the country and is called by different names based on the state/region. In Maharashtra it is called as shankarpali, sweet tukdi or shakkarpara in north Indian states, thukudi/shankarpali in Karnataka, kalakala in Tamil nadu and so on. Shakkarpara or shankarpali is basically maida biscuits which are also called as diamond cuts. There are two versions of Shakkarpara, one is savory and the other is sweet. It makes a great snack to munch on anytime of the day Sweet shakkarpara is prepared using maida, sugar, ghee and flavored with cardamom powder. The dough is rolled and cut into diamond shape and later deep fried in hot oil. These biscuits can also be baked using an oven. There is also another version of making these biscuits. In that, the dough is prepared with flour and ghee. It is cut into diamond shape and deep fried in oil.
In a mixer jar, add sugar along with cardamom pods/elaichi and grind it to powder. If you do not like the flavor of cardamom, you can skip adding them too. Keep this aside
Take a bowl and add to it maida or wheat flour along with powdered sugar, pinch salt and hot melted ghee. Mix well with your fingers and combine everything
Slowly add water little at times and make stiff dough. Knead the dough well for few minutes. The dough should be hard and stiff than the chapathi dough to get crisp shakkarpara
Do adjust the heat of the oil while frying so that the biscuits do not over fry and burn. Cool the diamond cuts/sweet shakkarpara completely. Store in an airtight container and it stays fresh up to 20 days at room temperature Enjoy Sweet Shakkarpara as a snack anytime of the day!