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Shankarpali is a sweet dish prepared during Diwali. It is prepared as a part of various mouth-watering sweet and savoury dishes also known as Diwali Faral. The key ingredients are Maida, Ghee, Milk and Sugar. It’s a popular sweet dish prepared in Western India including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.

Preparation Time –  2 hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time – 45 mins

Total Time – 3 hrs


  • 5 bowl Maida (All purpose flour)
  • 1 bowl pure Ghee
  • 1 bowl Sugar
  • 1 bowl Milk
  • Oil or ghee for frying purpose

Directions/Procedure :

A. Process of making the Shankarpali Dough

  1. First take the milk, sugar and ghee in a large and deep pan.
  2. Mix all above ingredients very well until sugar gets dissolve completely in ghee and milk. Here your syrup of making dough is ready.
  3. In this syrup, add maida and knead the dough properly.
  4. Knead the dough very well for about 10 minutes and make stiff dough.
  5. Now covered the dough with lid and keep the dough aside for about two hours.

B. Process of making the Shankarpali

  1. After two hours again knead the dough and make 4 to 5 equal balls of dough.
  2. On a wooden board or kneading board, keep the dough ball and roll the ball like chapati in round shape and width is about ½ inch.
  3. By using knife or rolling pin cut the shankarpali in square shape or diamond shape.
  4. Keep the diamond or square shape shankarpali in a different plate.
  5. Heat the oil in kadai, once the oil is hot, add few shankarpali for frying and keep the flame medium.
  6. Keep stirring and fry them until it turns golden brown colour.
  7. Take out the shankarpali from oil and keep them in a kitchen tissue.
  8. Here are your sweet shankarpalis ready to serve.

Tips / suggestions:

  • While making  the syrup, if required just heat the milk and sugar together and add ghee. Mix it very well.
  • Kneading the dough well is very important.
  • After cooling down to room temperature, keep the shankarpalis in airtight container.

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  1. We have a similar dish in Bengal. It is mouth watering.

  2. वर्षा दी, बहुत स्वादिष्ट रेसिपी शेयर की आपने।

  3. Sweet dish for sweet festival.

  4. Absolutely delicious.

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