Shahi shakar Pare or Shahi shakkar para is a slight variation of the traditional shakkar pare. Only it is more interesting in terms of shape, flavor, and appeal. It is a crispy mildly sweet Indian snack, prepared mainly with all purpose flour/maida, ghee, and sugar. The festive season is around the corner. It seems like it has all begun in full swing. It can not be complete without making some sweets and savory snacks. Isn’t it? And this leafy shahi shakkar pare will surely surprise your loved ones. So let’s prepare this.
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour/maida
- 2 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup water to make the dough
- 200 grams sugar
- 100 ml water
- 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
- 5-6 saffron strands
- Oil for deep frying
- Few chopped nuts (almond or pista) for garnishing
For making the dough
- Assemble refined flour, ghee, and salt together in a shallow bowl. Mix very well by pressing with your hand for 2-3 minutes.
- Add little amount of water at a time and knead to make a smooth but stiff dough. Now spread few drops of ghee to avoid drying from outside. Cover and keep it aside to rest for 20 minutes.
For making the sugar syrup
- In the meanwhile heat a pan. Add sugar, and water together. Keep the flame over low to medium and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Now add saffron strands and cardamom powder.
- Stir and cook until you get a one thread consistency. You can take a drop and check with your fingers.
- Add lime juice to avoid crystallization of sugar and turn off the flame.
For making the shakkar pare
- Knead the dough again for another minute. Now divide the dough into equal portions. Then take a portion, dust some all-purpose flour and rolled it into a thin oval shape.
- Then with the help of a knife or pizza cutter cut out the sides to make a rectangular sheet (approx 4/8 inch).
- Now make cuts in the middle of the sheet (exactly shown in the picture).
- Brush a little water at the edges of one side.
- Now fold two times and slightly press to seal the edges of one side and make a leaf-like shape.
- Now fold that side reverse through the middle of the leaf and seal it by creating slight pressure.
- Then slowly attach two edges of the other side to give it a complete look of the leaf shape.
- Heat oil in a pan. Once oil becomes hot, reduce the flame to medium to low and add the leaves 4 to 5 at a time. Fry from both the sides until both sides become slightly golden. Once done remove from oil and keep them on an absorbent paper.
- Follow the same process until all done.
- Then put one fried leaf to the warm syrup and coat both the sides within 2 seconds. Then immediately take it out to another plate. Follow the same process with the rest of the leaves.
- Serve by adding chopped nuts on top.
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