Shakarpara or Sakkarpara

Five ingredient shakarpara, sakkarpara or shankarpali is an easy sweet snack flavored with sugar or jaggery and commonly made during festivals such as Diwali. These can be baked or fried. It is more commonly made with sugar but my Mom makes it with jaggery if you are looking for a different option. Perfect for a tea time snack.
Shakarpara on a gray plate.

Every Diwali families whip up a spread of savory and sweet snacks to serve visiting family and friends. Sakkarpara, namakpara, roasted poha chevdo are a few staple snacks we always serve!

Shakarpara is a small bite made with a few ingredients you already likely have! The main ingredient is all purpose flour, but my Mom makes them with whole wheat flour and even adds sesame seeds sometimes so you can definitely change things up! If you prefer it as a sweet maida biscuit, use all purpose flour.

  • Quick to make
  • Snack-able size
  • Vegetarian

Tip: Dissolve the jaggery or sugar in warm water to help ensure it combines well with flour

Shakarpara being rolled out with a rolling pin.

Ingredient Notes

All you need is

  • Flour: all purpose (maida) or whole wheat
  • Sweetener: jaggery or sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds (optional, not traditional)

Note: some people make these with a sugar syrup poured on top. That’s not how my Grandmothers or Mom make. We like the subtle sweetness of the biscuit vs a very sugary biscuit.

A slotted spoon is useful for remove the sakkarpara from the oil and draining well

Storing

Shakarpara can last long in an airtight container. Make sure to wait until they are cooled completely before storing.

Shakarpara on a gray plate.

Shakarpara

Shilpa Joshi
Five ingredient shakarpara, sakkarpara or shankarpali is an easy sweet snack flavored with sugar or jaggery and commonly made during festivals such as Diwali. These can be baked or fried. It is more commonly made with sugar but my Mom makes it with jaggery if you are looking for a different option. Perfect for a tea time snack.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 227 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot for frying
  • Rolling Pin
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup flour 125g can use all purpose or wheat
  • ¼ cup jaggery or sugar 72g
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional 11g
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Melt jaggery in heated water.
  • Mix flour, salt, water and sesame seeds.
    Sakkarpara flour mixture
  • Add jaggery water to dough and mix to combine. Using hands makes it easier.
    Jaggery added to dough
  • Shape dough into a ball. Let sit 10 minutes.
    Shakarpara dough
  • Roll out and cut dough
    Sakkarpara cut into diamond shapes

Option 1: Fry

  • Heat oil for frying and fry on low-medium heat for 10 minutes until golden brown. Place on paper towel. Serve warm or cool.
    Sakkarapara being fried

Option 2: Bake

  • Line a tray with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F.

Notes

Let cool completely before storing in airtight container
Sesame seeds optional

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
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