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Diwali snacks: How to make Shankarpali, Chivda and Chakli

By Kumudini Shetty
October 27, 2016 09:20 IST
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We'd asked you, dear readers, to share your favourite Diwali recipes.

Here Kumudini Shetty shares some traditional recipes.

Khara Shankarpali

A crispy, salty deep fried snack made from all purpose flour, milk and sugar.


IMAGE: Khara Shankarpali All photographs: Divya Nair/


  • 1 and 1/2 cup maida
  • 2 tbsp small rava
  • 2 tbsp butter/ghee
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk or warm water
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, rava, milk, salt, butter and knead into a thick dough. Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  • Make small balls from the dough and roll them into thick rotis.
  • Using a knife, cut out small diamond pieces from the roti.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan and slowly, slide the diamond pieces in batches.
  • Fry till golden brown.
  • Remove and drain the excess oil using a kitchen napkin.
  • Once they cool down, store them in an air tight container.

Poha Chivda

A salty snack made from flattened rice.


IMAGE: Poha Chivda


  • 1 kg thin poha
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 green chillies
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 8 to 10 pieces thinly sliced dry coconut (copra)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt as required
  • A pinch of sugar


  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the poha on medium heat for 2 minutes. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Add curry leaves, coconut and peanuts. Add salt.
  • Add turmeric, sugar and lemon juice. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Add poha while the kadai is still hot and mix well. Add more salt if necessary.
  • When it cools, store in an air tight container.

Butter Chakli

A salty crunchy snack made from rice flour and butter.

Butter Chakli

IMAGE: Butter Chakli


  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • Salt as required
  • Warm water as required
  • Chakli maker with single star mould


  • Knead rice flour, butter, jeera, sesame seeds and salt in a thick dough using warm water.
  • Stuff this mixture in a chakli maker with a star mould.
  • Make round-shaped chakli -- minimum 3 to 4 rounds without leaving much gap between two circles.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and slide the chaklis one by one.
  • Fry the chaklis in batches.
  • Turn the sides and fry till they are cooked well.
  • Drain the excess oil and store in an air-tight container.

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