I got inspired to "bake" the shankarpali instead of deep frying them after seeing Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe for the same. I thought my grandmother's recipe of boiling milk, sugar, salt would work better with baking. I was pleasantly surprised to see the result. Since Gudiya loves these "Shankarpali crackers", I make these even when Diwali is long over.
Indian Diamond Crackers
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/2 cup whole/full fat milk
1/2 - 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Approx. 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour/Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1. In a saucepan, mix oil, milk, sugar and salt. Bring to simmering boil.
2. Let it cool down to the room temperature.
3. Add all purpose flour as needed and vanilla extract - if using. Knead into a dough.
4. Cover and let it rest for 2 hours.
5. Preheat oven 350F
6. Make 5 uniform balls.
7. Roll into a flat disc.
8. Cut into diamonds or squares using a butter knife or a shankarpale cutter.
9. Keep on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake each batch for about 9 minutes.
10. Take it out and flip all the crackers as quickly as you can.
11. Bake for additional 6 - 7 minutes.
12. Take out and keep in a single layer.
13. Store in an airtight container as it cools down completely.
1. As you take the shankarpali out, they will be soft to touch. Let them cool down completely and then they will be crispy.
2. I add vanilla extract but this is purely optional.
3. You can use whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour.
4. Traditionally, the same recipe is followed to deep fry the crackers instead of baking them.
5. I , sometimes use my breadmaker to knead the shankarpali dough.
6. You will need approximately 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour. Take as needed to knead the dough.