In a mixing bowl take maida ,butter , crushed saunf ( If using ) salt and sugar powder and mix well with your finger such that it will become like breadcrumb.
Add water little by little to make a smooth tough dough . Knead well .Set Aside for 30 mins- 1 hour .
After the sitting time is over , take the dough and beat the dough nicely with the roller . More you knead , better the result .
Divide the dough to equal parts.
Dust and roll out each ball into thick circular chapathi. Remember not to roll chapthi thin . It should be THICK .
Using a pizza cutter or shankar pali cutter or knife , cut chapathi to diamond pieces as shown in picture . Separate them little.
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
Remove in a tissue paper and Store in an air tight box after it cools down completely
Instead of Maida you can use wheat flour or half and half of wheat and maida flour .
Don't make too soft dough .It should be just soft and pliable. Else shankarpali will turn soft .
Oil should not be over hot . This will make the shankarpali brown as soon it is put in oil but not crisp.
Fry in low medium flame only. This will give crisp shankarpali.
Dont overcrowd . fry in batches .
If you want you can flavor the shankarpali with little cardamom powder / essence / make it plain .
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