- vegetable oil — deep frying
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp semolina (also called sooji)
- 1 cup (255 ml) plain flour (also called maida)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
How to make Sweet Shankarpali Recipe
If you need a crispy texture, add 1 tsp semolina to the dough while kneading. It is also important to let the sugar dissolve completely in the water before adding flour. The shakkar paras are fried on a low to medium flame so that they turn crispy from both sides. Frying on a high flame will ruin the taste and the shakkar paras will not be cooked evenly from inside.
Called ‘shakkar paras’ in North India, the sweet shankarpali recipe is immensely popular and is especially used at the time of Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The sweet is traditionally distributed to friends and family during the Christmas season in Goa.
There are several variations of the shankarpali, which include the kharashankarpali and the spicy shankarpali. Sugar is replaced with spices in these variants.