Shakkar-paare are deep fried sweet confectionary bites made out of refined flour, ghee/oil, and a simple sugar syrup. A similar kind, which are savory are called as Namak-paare, in which salt and cumin seeds are added for taste instead of sugar.


Your truly loves Shakkappaare, he has a big sweet tooth. So, I occasionally prepare a small batch upon his request. Kids will also enjoy this sweet treat.

Shakkarpaare – Sweet Bites

Makes: 1 cup approx

All purpose flour/Maida – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 3 tbsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Canola oil/Ghee – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 pinch


1. In a saucepan, add water and sugar. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm.
2. Sift flour into a bowl along with salt. Pour oil/ghee and add lukewarm sugar syrup, a little at a time, and mix well to form a soft dough. Knead the dough for a minute, and cut the dough into two equal halves. Cover the dough halves with a damp kitchen towel.


3. Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai or a non-stick deep saucepan or a wok to deep fry.

Rolled out dough cut into squares

4. Take one half of the dough and using a rolling pin roll it into a disc, about half cm in thickness. Sprinkle a little bit of flour only if needed. Cut the rolled out dough into squares using a knife or a pizza cutter.
5. Deep fry the cut squares until golden brown in color. Remove using a slotted spoon into a wire mesh strainer for the oil to drain away. Enjoy as a snack.

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7 thoughts on “Shakkarpaare

  1. you are a genius, when i read “shakkarpaare”, it just brought home to me. thanks for the terrific recipes, i’ll so a rush order if you ever publish a book. you take care


  2. hello
    i miss shakar pare.
    i am new to ur site,from hyd now living in usa for 10 years. i saw ur site 2 months back and liked it a lot.
    i like most of ur recipes as i enjoy cooking too.
    do you have good recipe for icecream cake, remember we use to have soft pineapple icecream cake for bdays and other occassions in hyd bakeries. eveyone just loves it.
    u can buy them here too but they are bit pricey.

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