With Diwali just around the corner, it’s no surprise that my kitchen has started to burst into activity. 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 – and these bite-sized crispy cookies or Shakkar Pare, will definitely bring a smile to your face.
Growing up, Diwali in my home has always mostly been centered around food. In fact, any occasion I can think of involves us hovering over the stove while Mom dished out treat after treat. And ever since I’ve had a kitchen of my own to care for, I try my best to make sure this tradition continues. Hubby Dear has already declared an open house to his tummy. A long list and various requests have been made by the Little Dude and duly considered – starting with a couple of jars of his favourite Shakkarpare. 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 after another, I can’t help but take some 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 crank up the heat on my stove, how about joining me for a cup of coffee and some crispy melt-in-your-mouth Shakarpare?
These lovely treats can be stored in an air-tight container for about 2-3 weeks. That is if you resist them that long!
Here’s wishing all my readers a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali! For more special Diwali recipes, please click here.
Shakkarpare (Sweet Fried Cookies)
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp semolina
- 1/3 cup light cooking oil
- pinch of salt
- water as needed
- oil for deep frying
- Mix flour, sugar, semolina, salt and a 1/3 cup of oil with enough water to make a smooth firm dough.
- Divide the dough into fist-sized balls and set aside. Heat enough oil in a deep wok or pan for deep frying.
- For each ball of dough, roll it out into a circle of about 0.5 cm thickness. Cut the rolled out dough into strips vertically, and then again horizontally, making bite-sized square pieces.
- Fry the pieces in hot oil till they turn golden brown. Remove on a paper towel to drain excess oil, allow to cool, and enjoy with hot coffee/tea.
This post was originally published in October 2006 and has been recently updated.
If you enjoyed this recipe, then you will surely love my, Namak Pare, Sooji Halwa and Dairy-free Gajar Halwa recipe as well.
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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.
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.
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..
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. 🙂
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..
I love that pic. Hope you had a great Diwali!
Hey Meena –
The shankarpare look delicous. I came directly from Vaishali’s and she cooked up these too :).
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…
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
Meena! Happy Diwali to you and yours! Hope you have a great festive season!
VK Narayanan says
Dear Meena – Happy Diwali to you and your family. Cheers!
meena kandlakuti says
Wish u a very happy diwali to your family members too…nice treats for diwali
Shakkarpare looks gorgeous, Meena. The perfect treat for a family gathering on this joyous festival weekend.
Subha Deepavali to you and your lovely family!
Meena, Have a happy Diwali with your family and friends. Eat a few of those on me too.
Meena! Wonderful entry, easy and tasty!! Thanks!! Happy Diwali!!:)
Katie Krueger says
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!
Hmmm, Can imagine things must be a flurry of activity at your house. Your shakkarpare looks gorgeous.
Thank you and a very Happy Diwali!!!