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How to make Sweet Shakarpare : The Indian Sweet/ Snack for Weddings and Festivals !

Updated on September 24, 2017
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Sweet Shakarpara--for auspicious and special occasions
Sweet Shakarpara--for auspicious and special occasions | Source

An Indian Delicacy, Shakarpara--For Special And Auspicious Occasions

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What is SHAKARPARA?

  • Shakarpara or Khurma is an Indian sweet, which is prepared during festivals and weddings.
  • These are diamond or square shaped, sugar coated, crisp sweets.
  • They can be prepared in advance of the special occasion and can be stored for future use.
  • There is a practice of exchanging sweets in Indian weddings. The Shakarparas are packed in attractive, decorative boxes along with other sweets, such as Laddoos, Khaja, Boondis and sent to the Bridegroom' s place, from the Bride' s side and the same is sent to the Bride' s place, from the Bridegroom' s side.
  • These are also distributed among relatives, who come to attend the wedding and bless the newly wedded couple.
  • The Shakarparas are also prepared on important Indian festivals, such as Hoil and Diwali.
  • This sweet delicacy is popular all over India, though it is called by different names in different states. It is also called Khurma or Meethe Shakarpare.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Good enough to serve six people.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar, to make sugar syrup
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil, for mixing in the dough
  • 1 cup water, for kneading
  • 2 cups cooking oil, for deep frying
  • Plenty of Love, Patience and, Precision
The dough for Shakarpara
The dough for Shakarpara | Source
Roll out and cut evenly in desired shape
Roll out and cut evenly in desired shape | Source
Ready to be fried
Ready to be fried | Source
Gpently slide into hot oil to fry
Gpently slide into hot oil to fry | Source
Fry on low to medium heat till golden brown
Fry on low to medium heat till golden brown | Source

Step by step instructions for preparing yummy Shakarparas

  1. Take 3 standard tea cups of self raising flour in a big bowl, as you use for baking cakes.
  2. Add half cup of cooking oil and mix with the flour thoroughly. So that the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Another way to check that you have mixed enough oil in the flour is when you press it in your fist, it should form like a lump.
  3. Slowly add 1/2 cup water to knead. The kneading is important. If you press your finger, the flour should bounce back.
  4. Keep covered for 10 to 15 minutes with a muslin cloth.
  5. Divide the kneaded dough into four portions. Roll it on to a board as you would a chapati. The thickness should be less than half inches.
  6. Cut the Shakarparas into diamond shapes or square shapes.
  7. Meanwhile place a heavy bottomed non stick pan over heat and add 2 cups of oil for deep frying Shakarparas. All frying process is to be done on low flame. Keep on turning sides, so that it is evenly cooked on all sides and centre.
  8. Take it out in a bowl and prepare all Shakarparas in the same way.
  9. Place another heavy bottom pan on heat. Add half to three-fourth cup of sugar and half cup water and let it boil on high flame.
  10. After five to ten minutes, a three string consistency sugar syrup is ready. You can check the consistency by dropping a little syrup in a small cold water bowl. The sugar will crystallize at the bottom of the bowl.
  11. When the syrup is ready, turn all the prepared Shakarparas in the hot sugar syrup. Turn off the flame and start turning the Shakarparas in the syrup thoroughly.
  12. Keep on doing till you see the sugar crystallizes on to the surface of the Shakarpars. Take it out in a serving bowl and let it cool completely.
Prepare sugar syrup of three string consistency
Prepare sugar syrup of three string consistency
Transfer the fried Shakarpara into the hot syrup and keep turning sides till each Shakarpara is coated and the sugar crystallises
Transfer the fried Shakarpara into the hot syrup and keep turning sides till each Shakarpara is coated and the sugar crystallises
Let the Shakarpara cool ! Enjoy instantly or store in dry containers when it's completely cooled!
Let the Shakarpara cool ! Enjoy instantly or store in dry containers when it's completely cooled!

Important Tips To Follow, While Preparing Shakarparas

1. The dough should be firm, but neither too hard nor too soft. It should be covered and left for at least 15- 20 minutes before further procedure.

2. The whole frying process should be done on a low to medium flame and never on high flame. This will enable to cook the Shakarparas deep inside the center..

3. The sugar syrup making needs lot of precision. Even a little bit of hurry or delay in testing the three string consistency and thereafter coating of the Shakarparas with the sugar syrup may not give the desired results.

But nothing to worry, one gets fine with a little practice.

4. While storing the Shakarparas in airtight containers, it is important to completely cool them, that is bring them at room temperature.

Hope you will enjoy trying out this recipe! Since it is meant for festivals and weddings, forget about the calories and ENJOY!

© Chitrangada Sharan 11th November, 2013

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you swalia, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad this hub is helpful to you and do make this and share your experience.

      Thank you and have a good day!

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      Shaloo Walia 24 months ago

      Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love shakarparas but have never tried making them at home.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you chandradarsh, for stopping by and commenting!

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      chandradarsh 24 months ago

      we make the same dessert but call it methai in south america

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Journey*, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked the hub.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

      What a tasty looking treat. Thanks for sharing this recipe. The photos are detailed and lovely.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Craftytothecore, for visiting this hub and your wonderful comments!

      Indian weddings are colourful, very elaborate and all about decorations, beautiful traditional clothes, jewellery, dance, folk songs and varieties of delicious recipes. Shakarpara is one of those yummy sweet recipe.

      I am glad you liked the Indian wedding ceremony and this hub. Thanks for your kind words!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I went to a wedding several years ago. The bride and groom were both from India. They were both doctors. It was beautiful! I had such an enjoyable time. The food was amazing. I don't know if they had shakarpara because I can't remember, but I remember the amazing food and how beautiful it felt to be at their lovely ceremony.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mylindaelliott, for visiting this hub and your kind comments!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      It sounds delicious. Thanks for the instructions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you liked it and hope you would try this.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These would be wonderful at a holiday party. Thanks for the great idea, and I know just war to do with this.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Nell!

      Thanks for your kind visit and support! I am glad you liked it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks vespawoolf, for your visit and positive feedback!

      I am glad you liked the recipe and would try it.

      Thanks for the appreciation!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, this was great! they look delicious, thanks for sharing, nell

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I think it might take some practice, but I would definitely like to try this sweet! I like how you store it in a glass jar so you can have it on hand for a snack attack. Very informative cooking instructions, too. Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ChristyWhites, for your visit and positive feedback!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I learned so much about Indian weddings from your hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks LKMoreo1, for your kind visit and appreciative comments!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      The sweets look delicious and I would definitely try them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      Thanks for your visit and kind comments!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Make Shakarpara: The Popular Sweet In Indian Weddings And Festivals sounds a lovely treat. An easy to follow recipe

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks My Cook Book, for your visit and appreciation! Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Susan Recipes, for your visit and kind comments!

      My children love this too and it is finished as soon as it is made.

      Thanks again!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Good sweet recipe, thank you for the same. Voted UP.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This is one of my favorite sweet. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Lavender Jade, for your visit and appreciation!

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      Lavender Jade 4 years ago from Derbyshire

      These sound and look lovely. Thank you for sharing.