- Preparation time
- 45 mins
- Cooking time
- 15 mins
- 5 people
- Meal course
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- Posted on
- July 29, 2017
Shankarpali or Shakkarpara, one of the best sweet namkeens from the western region of India. In Urdu, it is called Shakarpare and in Bengali its Shakerpara. Shakkar mean sugar in Hindi and other Indian Languages. It’s a sweet namkeen prepared with whole wheat flour, sugar, ghee, semolina and milk. A good companion for the cup of tea or coffee. Though it is called Shakkarpara, people make the spicy and salty versions also with the same recipe.
Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are the best places in India for Namkeens. There, namkeens are made from everything available from spinach to jackfruit. Particularly during Ganesh Chaturthi Puja both spicy namkeens and this sweet namkeen are offered to Lord Ganesha.
Here is the traditional Shankpali recipe by me.
- It can also be prepared with maida or all-purpose flour
- If you don’t prefer sugar, you can replace it with jaggery in the same recipe.
- You can also use unsalted butter in place of ghee if ghee is not available.
- In a pan combine the ghee, milk and sugar and heat the mixture over a medium flame until the sugar dissolves.
- Once the mixture starts bubbling, turn off the flame and add the wheat flour little by little to it.
- Knead the mixture until it turns a soft dough. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into equal parts and roll it into a ¼ inch thick roti.
- Cut the roti into small squares with a knife or pizza cutter.
- Fry in oil, on medium flame, till it turns brown.
- Serve with hot masala tea.