Recipes: Sweets

One-bite Wonders…

With Diwali just around the corner, it’s no surprise that my little kitchen has been bursting with activity. Though I shy away from entertaining on a large scale on this occasion, I still look forward to the crowding of family and friends around my dinner table. I guess the old saying does hold true in my case that nothing pleases a cook more, than to see the happy faces of those enjoying the food.

Shakkarpare

Diwali in my home, has always been centered around food. In fact, any occasion I can think of, revolves around us hovering over the stove while Mom dishes out treat after treat. Now that I have my own household to care for, the tradition still continues. Hubby Dear has already declared an open house to his tummy. Friends and family have invited themselves over and requests have been made and duly considered. And I’ve done my part as well, by promising each of them their favourites on the table.


As I while away my time in the kitchen churning up one request to another, I can’t help but take a time out to snuggle in a treat for myself. After all, festivals are for indulging, and who am I to defy tradition. So before I head back to cooking up a storm for this weekend, how about joining me for a cup of coffee and some tasty bites?

Here’s wishing all my readers a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali!

SHAKKARPARE
INDIAN SUGAR COOKIES


Prep time: 15 min, Cooking time: 15 min | Makes: A jar full of bite-sized cookiesÂ

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light oil
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  • oil for deep frying
  • water, as needed

MIX flour, sugar and a 1/4 cup of oil with enough water to make a firm dough.

DIVIDE the dough into fist-sized balls and set aside. Heat enough oil in a kadhai (wok) for deep frying.

FOR each ball of dough, roll it out to a circle of about 0.5 cm thickness. Cut rolled out dough into strips vertically, and then again horizontally, making about an inch sized strips.

FRY strips in warm oil till they turn golden brown. Remove on a paper towel, allow to cool, and enjoy with hot coffee/tea.

These lovely treats can be stored in an air-tight container for about 2-3 months. That is if you resist them that long!

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Thulasi
    October 23, 2016

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, I am writing to say thank you! Been making this since 2009. Your recipe is the Deepavali staple in my household. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Shivangi
    October 20, 2008

    5 stars
    Hi Meenakshi,
    I tried this recipe and it turned out very well. .. except for the sugar (I accidentally put less sugar). Please advise if I have to redo it or if I can sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.
    thanks!

  • Reply
    Mona
    February 10, 2008

    5 stars
    My mom used to make these too a lot as snacks, my version is a lil different, but i now am missing my mom a loot. Thanks for sharing the recipe..

  • Reply
    neetu
    November 6, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Meenakshi,
    I am from North India and my Mom used to make shakarpare on all festivals. I know this is a very old post in your blog, but i bumped into it while searching for diwali sweet ideas (its my first Diwali after getting married away from home) . Thanks for reminding, I’m definitely making this. 🙂

  • Reply
    uma
    December 18, 2006

    5 stars
    Hi Meenakshi,

    I am from HYD and I had to drop you a line after I saw your site…
    You have all my favorites on your site, the recipes I couldn’t find anywhere else and I am a happy camper….Great Indo-Chinese recipes…..

    You have such a great site with lovely posts and I know I will be visiting your site quite often..

  • Reply
    shankari
    October 23, 2006

    5 stars
    I love that pic. Hope you had a great Diwali!

  • Reply
    Luv2Cook
    October 23, 2006

    5 stars
    Hey Meena –

    The shankarpare look delicous. I came directly from Vaishali’s and she cooked up these too :).

    Happy Diwali!

  • Reply
    Mantu
    October 22, 2006

    5 stars
    Hi Meena, I have really liked the collection of recipes here and I have tried many recipes thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes, I hope you had a nice time during Diwali…

  • Reply
    Nalini
    October 22, 2006

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    Happy Deepavali! Your mouth-watering Shakkarpara brings many good memories back! When I was studying in Pune we used to eat these delicacies for all the festivals and I used even buy some to take them home! Very popular sweet there. I don’t have much repertoire in making sweets but I think I will try this

  • Reply
    Manisha
    October 21, 2006

    5 stars
    Meena! Happy Diwali to you and yours! Hope you have a great festive season!

  • Reply
    VK Narayanan
    October 21, 2006

    5 stars
    Dear Meena – Happy Diwali to you and your family. Cheers!

    vkn
    My Dhaba

  • Reply
    meena kandlakuti
    October 21, 2006

    5 stars
    Wish u a very happy diwali to your family members too…nice treats for diwali

  • Reply
    Indira
    October 20, 2006

    5 stars
    Shakkarpare looks gorgeous, Meena. The perfect treat for a family gathering on this joyous festival weekend.

    Subha Deepavali to you and your lovely family!

  • Reply
    Meeta
    October 20, 2006

    5 stars
    Meena, Have a happy Diwali with your family and friends. Eat a few of those on me too.

  • Reply
    Asha
    October 20, 2006

    5 stars
    Meena! Wonderful entry, easy and tasty!! Thanks!! Happy Diwali!!:)

  • Reply
    Katie Krueger
    October 20, 2006

    5 stars
    Meenakshi,

    I found your blog after reading a post of yours on the AGAP listserv, and now I wait daily for your updates so I can drool all over myself fantasizing about cooking up delicious Indian meals.

    With your gorgeous photography, you must really turn this into a cookbook! If I were a publisher, I’d be all over this!

    Best of luck to you, and keep up the great cooking!

    Katie

  • Reply
    Vee
    October 19, 2006

    5 stars
    Hi Meenakshi,

    Hmmm, Can imagine things must be a flurry of activity at your house. Your shakkarpare looks gorgeous.

    Thank you and a very Happy Diwali!!!

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