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Snack Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Diamond Cuts (Shankarpali)

Sweet and spicy diamond cuts (Shankarpali)

Sweet and spicy diamond cuts (Shankarpali)

Sweet and Spicy Diamond Cuts

Diamond cuts are popularly referred to as "shankarpali." This tea-time snack is served in Indian houses and restaurants. They can be spicy, sweet, or both. Every variety is amazingly delicious.

The dough is made by mixing plain flour with spices, salt, and sugar. After letting the dough rest for 30 minutes, it is divided into many lemon-sized balls. Each ball is then rolled into a medium-thick, round pancake shape. Further, these rounds are cut into diamond shapes with the help of a cutter. These cuts are deep-fried so that you get crunchy diamond crackers. They can be stored fresh in a closed container for about a month.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

2 big bowls of diamond cuts

  • 300 gm plain flour/all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds or carom seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar, powdered
  • 1 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • oil, for deep frying

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Take all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl. Add salt, sugar, red chili powder, and cumin or carom seeds. Dry mix them.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Wait until it starts smoking, then pour it into the mix. Combine the contents in the bowl. Add water little by little and knead well to form a hard, pliable dough. Cover the dough with a lid to keep it moist. Rest it for 20 minutes.
  3. Take out the dough. Make lemon-sized balls out of it. Roll each ball into a thick and round pancake. Cut it into diamond shapes, using shankarpali cutter or a knife.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying. Drop the diamond pieces into the hot oil. Fry turning them occasionally to ensure uniform frying. Once diamond cuts turn golden yellow, reduce the fire. Fry them till they are crunchy or till they get biscuit color.
  5. Remove them on an absorbent paper sheet.
  6. Repeat the procedure for all the dough balls. Collect them in a container. Close the lid when they are no longer hot.
  7. Eat these sweet and spicy diamond cuts for a tea-time snack. Enjoy the yummy taste!