Shakkar Pare

Shakkar pare are sweet biscuits coated with dry sugar syrup and are a traditional Indian snack. They are popular with kids and adults alike and if you eat one, you can’t stop eating more. They are the perfect Indian snack and go well with hot chai. You can prepare loads and store them as they keep well for a long time in air tight containers.

Shakkar Pare

Servings – 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup semolina

3 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee at room temperature

1/2 cup + 1/3 cup water

Oil for frying

2/3 cup granulated sugar

 

Plateful of shakkar pare ready to be served with hot chai

Sift the flour to remove lumps. Add semolina and butter. Mix in the butter so the dough resembles a crumbly mixture. The butter can be varied at this point to make softer and richer pare by adding a little more of it. The test for adding more butter is simple. When the dough is a crumbly mixture, take some and hold tight for 2 seconds in your palm and form a fist. If the dough holds, the butter added to it is enough.

Add water a few tablespoonfuls at a time to form a very firm dough till all of 1/3 cup of water is added. The amount of water may vary depending on the quality of flour and the amount of butter in the dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for 15 mins.

Knead the dough once more to make it pliable. Divide it into two parts and make smooth balls out of them.

Roll the balls into 8 inch circles. Pierce the circles with a fork at 1 cm distance to prevent the dough from puffing up when fried. Cut the circle into diamonds or squares of 1 inch width. Separate carefully with the blunt side of knife.

Heat the oil. If the oil is too hot, the pare will not be crisp. Oil should be hot enough so when the dough is dropped in, it sizzles and slowly comes up. Fry till golden brown and drain on a paper towel. Let them cool and in the meanwhile, prepare the sugar syrup.

Boil the sugar in the 1/2 cup water and reduce the flame a bit. Keep simmering till 2 1/2 string syrup is formed. Remove from heat and quickly add all the pare. Mix gently and quickly with the syrup as it will dry fast.

When all the pare are coated, spread them on large plate to cool. Once cooled, break apart the pieces which are joined together. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

 

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One Response

  1. yummiejj

    I tried this and the shakkar para was really tasty..thnxx a lot.

    greetz

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