SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS

Today i have a great tea time snack which is very common yet i am sure we all love it. This snack brings back a lot of childhood memories to me .They are recognized by various different names such as " Diamond Cuts / Shankarpali / Namakpare / Maida Biscuits / Thukkudi ".... etc ..These are few names that i am aware of . This is one of the first snacks that i tried when i was a 'L' board in cooking ..Yes its that easy. Crispy and yummy they are so addictive that you just can’t stop with one or two .  One can make Savory / Sweet version of it . Today i am sharing recipe for spicy shankarpali , you can check sweet version of it here....

khara shankarpali
Today i have a great tea time snack which is very common yet i am sure we all love it. This snack brings back a lot of childhood memories to me .They are recognized by various different names such as " Diamond Cuts / Shankarpali / Namakpare / Maida Biscuits / Thukkudi ".... etc ..These are few names...

SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SHANKARPALI

Summary

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Ingredients

All Purpose Flour / Maida
1 cup
Hot oil
1 tbsp
Chilli Powder
1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera
1/2 tsp
Ajwain / Carom Seeds / Oma
1/4 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing
a pinch
Salt
to taste
Water as needed
Oil for Deep frying

Steps

  1. In a mixing bowl, add maida, chilli powder, ajwain, cumin seeds, hing, salt and mix well with your finger.
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  2. Add hot oil. Oil should be so hot that you should be able to see bubbles when poured on flour.Mix nicely with the tips of your fingers.It will become like bread crumb.
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  3. Add water little by little and make a smooth and stiff dough. Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 mins - 1 hour .
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  4. After the resting time is over , knead the dough nicely and divide the dough to equal parts.
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  5. Dust and roll out each ball lightly into thin circular chapathi.
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  6. Using a pizza cutter or shankar pali cutter or knife , cut chapathi to diamond pieces as shown in picture . Separate them little. 
    spicy diamond biscuits
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  7. Heat oil for deep frying .Check the readiness .Drop a small piece of dough into oil .If it rises immediately , oil temperature is right.Drop the cut diamonds into oil.Keep the flame on medium low and Fry till they are crisp.Turn in between .
    khara shanarpali recipe
    SPICY DIAMOND CUTS / SPICY ( KHARA ) SHANKARPALI / SPICY MAIDA BISCUITS
  8. Remove in a tissue paper and store in an air tight box after it cools down completely.
    khara maida bscuits
    salted namkeen

NOTE:

  1. Instead of Maida you can use wheat flour or half and half of wheat and maida flour .
  2. Don't make too soft dough .It should be just soft and pliable. Else shankarpali will turn soft .
  3. Oil should not be over hot . This will make the shankarpali brown as soon it is put in oil but not crisp.
  4. Fry in low medium flame only. This will give crisp shankarpali.
  5. Dont overcrowd . fry in batches .
  6. Variations: you can make different flavors shankarpali by adding different spices .here are few variations ;
  • If making for kids can avoid chilli powder completely and make just salted .
  • Instead of red chilli powder can add pepper powder .
  • In a mixer grind little onion , red chilli and jeera . Add it to the dough to get onion flavored shankarpali . If you want can add little garlic too .
  • Grind coriander leaves , pudina, green chillies and jeera. Add it to the dough and make shankarpali to get minty flavored .

I love pudina flavored and onion flavored shankarpali .. which is your favorite flavor ?? Do drop your comments and let me know....

Sweet version of it is here ....

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