Spicy Diamond Cuts or Khara Shankarpali Recipe

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Cooking is one of my passions. Though I am working, I make nutritious and tasty food at home. I use minimal oil and no artificial colors.

Spicy Diamond Cuts or Khara Shankarpali (Maida Biscuits)

A Container Full of Spicy Diamond Cuts in an Hour!

Spicy diamond cuts, or khara shankarpali, are my favorite festival snack. It is a yummy teatime accompaniment too. You can make them in bulk and store in an airtight container. They stay fresh and crunchy for about 20-25 days. Use them whenever you desire or serve them to guests with a cup of tea or coffee. These are truly scrumptious snacks.

I made a large container full of spicy diamond cuts in an hour. Let me share the recipe now.

5 stars for Spicy Diamond Cuts or Khara Shankarpali

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: A container full of spicy diamond cuts

Ingredients

  • 3 heaped cups plain flour or maida
  • 2 tsp chiroti rava or fine wheat semolina
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp oil, for the dough
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds
  • oil for deep-frying

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Spicy Diamond Cuts or Khara Shankarpali

  1. Take plain flour, chiroti rava/fine semolina, red chili powder, carom seeds, sesame seeds, butter, and salt in a wide mixing bowl. Dry mix them.
  2. Knead together, adding water little by little, to make a firm and pliable dough. Apply some oil on the surface, cover, and set aside the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Next, divide the dough into 5 equal portions. Take a portion. Gently knead again and make a patty.
  4. Heat oil for deep-frying.
  5. Now, start making the diamond cuts. Dust the patty with plain flour and roll into a thin and large disc. Keep the remaining dough covered, so that it won't dry.
  6. Cut the disc to make diamond shapes by drawing lines across with the help of a diamond cutter or knife.
  7. Gently drop about half portion of the raw cuts into the medium-high hot oil. Don't overcrowd them.
  8. They immediately puff up and come to the surface. Turn them at intervals. After 3 minutes, reduce the heat and fry on a low heat till they become crispy and golden.
  9. Frying a batch may take about 5-6 minutes. Remove them and place on an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the diamond cuts.
  10. Spread them on a paper for some time to let it cool down. When they cool completely, store them in an air-tight container.
  11. Munch them whenever you desire, or serve them with a cup of coffee or tea. They make the best teatime snacks!

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Step one: Take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except oil for frying.Step two: Knead adding water little by little to make a smooth and firm dough. Apply some oil on the surface to keep it moist. Cover the dough and set aside for 5 minutes.Step three: Next, divide the dough into 5 equal portions. Step four: Take one portion, gently knead, and make a patty. Dust it with maida and roll it thin to make a large disc. Refer the pic.Step five: Heat oil for deep-frying. Cut the disc into diamond shapes by drawing lines across with a diamond cutter or knife.Step six: Softly take out half portion of the shapes and drop into the medium hot oil. They sizzle and immediately come up to the surface.Step seven: Fry them on medium heat till they become golden, while turning them occasionally to ensure uniform frying.Step eight: Take them out and place them on a paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the diamond cuts. Spread them on a plate, so that they will cool down faster. Step nine: Store them in an air-tight container. Munch them whenever you desire.They stay fresh and crunchy for more than 20 days. They are popular as the best tea-time snacks. Enjoy!
Step one: Take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except oil for frying.
Step one: Take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except oil for frying.
Step two: Knead adding water little by little to make a smooth and firm dough. Apply some oil on the surface to keep it moist. Cover the dough and set aside for 5 minutes.
Step two: Knead adding water little by little to make a smooth and firm dough. Apply some oil on the surface to keep it moist. Cover the dough and set aside for 5 minutes.
Step three: Next, divide the dough into 5 equal portions.
Step three: Next, divide the dough into 5 equal portions.
Step four: Take one portion, gently knead, and make a patty. Dust it with maida and roll it thin to make a large disc. Refer the pic.
Step four: Take one portion, gently knead, and make a patty. Dust it with maida and roll it thin to make a large disc. Refer the pic.
Step five: Heat oil for deep-frying. Cut the disc into diamond shapes by drawing lines across with a diamond cutter or knife.
Step five: Heat oil for deep-frying. Cut the disc into diamond shapes by drawing lines across with a diamond cutter or knife.
Step six: Softly take out half portion of the shapes and drop into the medium hot oil. They sizzle and immediately come up to the surface.
Step six: Softly take out half portion of the shapes and drop into the medium hot oil. They sizzle and immediately come up to the surface.
Step seven: Fry them on medium heat till they become golden, while turning them occasionally to ensure uniform frying.
Step seven: Fry them on medium heat till they become golden, while turning them occasionally to ensure uniform frying.
Step eight: Take them out and place them on a paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the diamond cuts. Spread them on a plate, so that they will cool down faster.
Step eight: Take them out and place them on a paper towel. Repeat the same for making all the diamond cuts. Spread them on a plate, so that they will cool down faster.
Step nine: Store them in an air-tight container. Munch them whenever you desire.
Step nine: Store them in an air-tight container. Munch them whenever you desire.
They stay fresh and crunchy for more than 20 days. They are popular as the best tea-time snacks. Enjoy!
They stay fresh and crunchy for more than 20 days. They are popular as the best tea-time snacks. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information of Spicy Diamond Cuts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 238
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      10 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thanks for going through my hub. Semolina is not a must. It keeps diamond cuts extra crispy for longer time. Sometimes we do diamond cuts without it. Still it comes out crunchy. Please go ahead making it without semolina.

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      peachy 

      10 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I want to try this snack but I don't have semolina, any replacement?

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