I made them for diwali. I don't know from where this thing has got it's name "Shankarpaali" in Marathi, but let's not discuss about the name part. Diwali won't be diwali if I don't make them. Both my sons love them. Even if its not diwali I keep making them since its a good finger food. Kids and adults both equally love them. Try them and let me know. This is my Diwali platter. Oops, I forgot to keep murukku. I know, I know I am late but due to family sickness I could not do it.
From left corner clockwise : Kaju Katli, Chivda, Besal Laadoo, Rava Laadoo, Shankarpaali, Nankhatai.
1 Cup Ghee/Clarified butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Milk/Water
6-7 Cups Maida/All Purpose Flour
Oil for frying
Mix together the ghee, sugar and the milk/water. I prefer to use milk. Keep stirring till it turns creamy. Keep adding maida little by little till the mixture turns out like chapati dough. Soft but pliable. Divide in tennis size balls. Roll into a chapati. Cut the chapati in squares or diamond shape of 1 inch. Heat oil and fry on medium high heat. Fry till they turn light brown. Remove on paper towel. Once cool store in the airtight container. Serve with hot tea or coffee. Tastes great.