Shakkarpare are a traditional Indian sweet snack that are usually eaten during Diwali or are given out at weddings.
Although the most well known version is Shakkarpare, shakkar being sugar, but there is also Namakpare which is salted puffy sweets. Shakkarpare are rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy - yay, an excuse to satisfy my sweet tooth!
- 500g Self raising flour
- 350g Butter
- 700g Sugar
- 850 ml Water
- Sunflower/Vegetable Oil
- Mix 500g of self raising flour and 350g of Butter in a bowl until you get a doughy substance (add a little water if it gets dry)
- Make little dough balls of the dough and flatten them into circles to a 1cm thickness
- Cut the circles in thin lines and then in another direction in order to make a square shape
- Then deep fry the shapes for a few minutes, using a slotted spoon to stir, until golden brown.
- Allow these to cool on a tissue
- Bring a 850ml pot of water with 700g of sugar
- Once you see the shapes have cooled and the sugar has browned a little whilst in the boiling water, turn the heat off and wait for the syrup to cool for two minutes.
- Put the shapes into the cooled syrup, bit by bit and not adding the whole thing all at once.
- Leave these to soak in the syrup for 15 mins.
- Carefully take the shapes out, making sure not to crumble them and place them somewhere to drain.
- Wait around 20 mins to let it cool down and it should be ready to eat.
These go well with other Indian sweets or they're just as amazing on their own!