My Second recipe for Diwali 2013. What is Diwali? Check out the intro (albeit small) to the festival in my recipe for Besan Ladoo.

Shankarpali holds a special place in my heart. Nachiket and I go a long way back into the past. My husband, my then “just-a-good-friend”, used to receive packages (yummy food packages) from home every Diwali. He used to bring half the stuff (I have to be honest, more than half actually) for me. You see, he was working, earning and living independently in the city where I was still studying and residing in a dingy hostel campus.  So, every time I see this snack, my heart warms up with a feel-good factor instantly.


My Sweet Tidbits

My story aside, this an absolutely yummy snack just offering the right amount of crunch and sweetness, no more than required. Here is my mother-in-law’s,

Shankarpali recipe


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes



  • 1/4 cup Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (Maida) – quantity can vary
  • Oil for frying
  • A pinch of Salt


  1. Warm the milk in a pan.
  2. Add Ghee and sugar into it and cook till the sugar dissolves.
  3. Let the milk mixture cool down to a lukewarm temperature.
  4. Start adding the flour in batches. Mix the dough and knead. Add as much flour required to make slightly stiffer dough.
  5. Knead well. Set aside for an hour or so.
  6. Take portions of the dough and roll them out into a 1/4 inch layer.
  7. Cut the dough diagonally into 1 inch parallelograms.
  8. Heat up the oil meant for frying. Check the temperature of the oil by dropping a small piece of dough in. The dough sinks and rises to the top of the oil in about 10 seconds.
  9. The temperature is just right. Get Set Go!
  10. Fry all the parallelograms.
  11. Serve them as a snack with your evening cup of coffee/tea. Perfect for a cool autumn evening.
  12. They can be stored for about a month in airtight containers.

My Take:

Cut the sugar and add salt and spice to the dough to give a twist to this delicacy!

Yummily Yours'


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