Its always better to enjoy homemade snacks rather than buying it from market. Here are a few snack recipes which you can make quickly for your guests and family on the day of Diwali.
Sweet Shankarpali– It’s a popular snack in Western India, especially in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. In a bowl sieve 1 cup whole flour/maida, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4th cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup rava, and 1 tbsp warm ghee. Now first crumble this mixture nicely with fingers till its done well, and then knead a tight dough using warm milk. Cover the dough and keep it aside for half an hour. Now go with the same process which you use for making namakpare, and deep fry shankarpali till golden brown. You can also bake them if you are trying to stay away from the deep fried stuff. And if you are looking for a healthier option then replace maida with wholewheat flour or atta and enjoy this popular snack.
Cornflakes namkeen– For this recipe you can alter the quantities of the ingredients used according to your taste preference. Firstly heat up oil and keep it moderately hot but not too hot. Now in a big sized sieve take cornflakes and dip it directly in oil, fry for few minutes and take it out on a paper towel. Fry cornflakes in batches and do not overcrowd the sieve, so that the flakes are cooked evenly. Similarly fry curry leaves, peanuts, raisins, dry coconut flakes and cashews. In the end mix everything together and when the namkeen is still hot sprinkle black salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and powdered sugar. Mix everything well and you are ready to serve.
Chekkalu– Wash and soak 1tbsp channa dal for 30 minutes. In a mixing bowl add 1 cup rice flour, salt, cumin seeds, chilli powder, curry leaves and ginger paste. Mix everything well and add the channa dal to this. Boil half cup water and add 1 tbsp butter to it. Once the butter melts add this water to the flour. Now without kneading mix the flour nicely. Leave the flour for 15 minutes and then make flatten poori out of this dough, like you do for making mathri’s. Just make sure that you roll them really thin as this snack is supposed to be thin. Prick with a fork too so that it doesn’t bubbles while deep frying.
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