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Diwali Snack - Masala Puri

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Its Diwali once again and our kitchen gets busier than usual with the preparation of snacks and sweets. We try and make at least 5 items every Diwali and it's a lot of fun. It helps bring in the energy and memories of being in India. This year, the first snack that we made was the Masala Puri. Masala Puri is a crispy and mildly spicy puri that is created by deep frying some dough.

Masala puri can be made in many different ways but the basic recipe is the same. Masala puri is made using wheat flour, turmeric and ajwain or cumin seeds. The dough is rolled into small balls, flattened using a rolling pin and deep fried in oil. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea for the steps. 

You can find the recipe for Masala Puri in our recipes section.  Masala Puri is really easy to make and you should consider it on your Diwali snack list. You can get a pretty big batch done rather quickly. We were able to get a box of 50 puris completed in less than an hour. If you store them in a nice air tight container, they will stay nice and crisp for a few days. We had a lot of fun making them today and now the air is filled with smell of fresh crisp puris. Next on our list, some Besan Ladoos. 



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Diwali Snack - Shankarpali

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Its Diwali time, which means our house gets into the Diwali snacks preparation phase. One of the savory snacks we make every year is the Shankarpali, also called Shankarpara, Namkeen, Tukdi and many other terms across the country. Shankarpali is a deep fried snack in the shape of a diamond. Shankarpali is made from a dough of ghee, maida, semolina and salt. The mixture is made into dough and then mechanically cut into diamond shaped units which are deep fried in Ghee or Butter.

The savory kind can be made using chilli powder which the sweeter version is made with extra sugar. Many other versions of this recipe can be found online. It has a long shelf life. It is widely available in shops, as it is such a popular dish; people usually purchase ready-made shankarpali during the year and only prepare it at home during Diwali.

You can find the recipe for Shankarpali in our recipes section.  The recipe is rather easy but it takes a long time as you have to roll the dough with a rolling pin, cut it into diamond shapes and then deep fry them. If possible, get a partner to help you and things will move along much faster. 

This was the first snack for this year's Diwali. More recipes on the way. 


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