Shankarpali / Tukdi / Namakpare

Savoury crackers called as Shankarpali/Shankarpalya in Marathi and Konkani.  Also known as Tukdi in Konkani. My Dear Mom's easy recipe for Diwali Faraal or Diwali Khaan.

All Purpose Flour/Maida - 1 cup
Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 1/4 cup
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

How to prepare Shankarpali:
  • In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, semolina, cayenne pepper, sugar and salt. Mix all the ingredients well. Add water little by little and knead into a firm dough. I used about 1/2 cup water. Add 1/2 tsp oil and knead well again.
  • Divide the dough into 4 round balls depending on how big your rolling board is. Roll each one very thin dusting some flour. Use a Shankarpali or Karanji cutter (see the second picture) and cut it into diamond shape pieces. (I got this cutter in the baking section here in US.) You can use a pizza cutter or a knife too.
shankarpali cutter
  • Deep fry these diamonds in batches in hot oil, until golden brown and crisp.  Do not overcrowd the kadhai/frying pan.
  • Store the Savoury Shankarapali in an air tight container after cooling.


  1. gud job Uma! wounderfull snacks...i love cutter,started searching for this cutter...

  2. i love to munch this snack esp when am seeing tv, yummy and crispy...

  3. Uma its been ages i ate shankarpali... wish i cud ick some from here.... :)
    nd i too have the same cutter as u... infact same color too :D

  4. My all time fav..i love to munch them anytime..

  5. oh! this wiil puff up while frying...great snack


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