Friday, 25 April 2014

Shakkar Para / Shakkar Paare

Shakkar Para is a deep fried sweet made with All purpose flour, wheat flour , cinnamon powder and sugar. They are very mildly sweet and flavoured with Cardamom and cinnamon powder. They are also called as diamond biscuits in south India. They are served along with hot tea as a munching snack. You can add grated coconut in the pastry dough for a nice crunch.


2 and 1/2 Cups of All purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Whole wheat flour
1/4 Cup Ghee / Clarified butter - melted
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
1 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
1/4 Cup Sugar ( add more if you like it sweeter)
a big pinch of Salt
Oil to Deep Fry


1. In a large mixing bowl, add All purpose flour, wheat flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and mix

2. Add melted ghee to the flour and mix using a spoon such that the ghee is uniformly distributed to the flour

3. Sprinkle warm water and start kneading the dough. Keep sprinkling water and knead with hands until the dough is soft and non sticky

4. Cover it with plastic wrap and set aside for 15 minutes

5. After 15 minutes, divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Shape each part of the dough into a ball


6. Roll out a dough ball as thin as possible

7. Using a pizza cutter cut the rolled out dough lengthwise into long strips


8. Now, using the pizza cutter , cut the rolled out dough across the long strips, there by forming a shape of kite ( we call this shape as diamond shape)


9. Take each piece of cut pastry and arrange them on a greased plate


10. Heat oil for deep frying
11. When the oil is hot, add 10 pieces of cut pastry in the oil and fry them on low flame until they are golden
12. Drain on paper towel and cool completely
13. Store it in air tight container and serve as snack at tea time


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