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Shakkar Pare

Sweet crisp sugar coated biscuits

Here is a recipe for a favorite tea time snack! Shakkar pare are sugar coated pieces of doughy goodness! They are a special favorite on the occasion of Holi and also in North India, Shakkar Pare are a part of the ‘Baina’- sweet goodies sent to the groom’s family along with many other sweets. These are later distributed by the groom’s family among their friends and relatives!


  • 1 cup Refined flour
  • 1/4 cup Semolina
  • 3tbsp melted Clarified butter (Desi ghee)
  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup Water
  • Oil for frying
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1tbsp Powdered Sugar


  1. Add semolina, powdered sugar and clarified butter to the flour.
  2. Mix in the butter so the dough resembles a crumbly mixture.
  3. When the dough is a crumbly mixture, take some and hold tight for 2 seconds in your palm and form a fist.
  4. If the dough holds, the butter added to it is enough.
  5. Add 1/3 cup water, a few tablespoonful at a time to form a very firm dough till all of water is added.
  6. The amount of water may vary depending on the quality of flour and the amount of clarified butter in the dough.
  7. Cover the dough and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  8. Knead the dough once more to make it pliable.
  9. Divide it into two parts and make smooth balls out of them.
  10. Roll the balls into 8 inch circles or ½ inch thickness. Pierce the circles with a fork at 1 cm distance to prevent the dough from puffing up when fried.
  11. Cut the circle into diamonds or squares of ½ inch thickness.
  12. Separate carefully with the blunt side of knife.
  13. Heat the oil. Add the squares to medium hot oil and reduce the heat.
  14. Fry on low heat till golden pink and drain on a paper towel. Allow to cool.
  15. Add sugar to 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.
  16. Keep simmering till a 2 string syrup is formed.
  17. Remove from heat and quickly add all the fried pare. Mix gently and quickly with the syrup as it will dry fast.
  18. When all the pare are coated, spread them on large plate to cool.
  19. Once cooled, break apart the pieces which are joined together.
  20. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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