Shankarpali | Shakkarpara

Shankarpali is a sweet and crispy, deep-fried, diamond-shaped, Indian cookie. Since they are bite-sized they make a great snack. In fact, these are really hard to resist once you start munching on them. 

Continuing with my series of traditional Goan Christmas sweets here on the blog, let’s talk about these diamond-shaped cookies! Shankapali is yet another treat that’s prepared during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Christmas. It also happens to be one of the things that are served in the Kuswar i.e Goan Christmas sweet platter distributed to family and friends. But really, these can be prepared any time of the year, for they are perfect to snack on if you aren’t counting calories 😀


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Neureos | Karanji (Flaky pastry stuffed with sweet coconut filling)

Goan Neureos are deep-fried, flaky pastry stuffed with coconut & dried fruit filling. They are also known as Karanji in Maharashtra, sweet Somas in Tamil Nadu, Gujiya or Ghughra in North India.  Somas usually also include gram dal, and Gujiyas have mava (milk solids) in the stuffing. Other than tiny variations from region to region in India, they are almost the same. These are made for festivals like Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali & Christmas. The crescent shape is redolent of an empanada. You can pretty much say these are an Indian version of empanadas.

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Chocolate peda | Chocolate mawa peda (Chocolate flavored Indian milk fudge)

Chocolate peda/chocolate mawa peda is perfect to grace your festive sweet platter this Diwali! Make some and spread the love & sweetness with friends and family through these delicious Chocolate Indian milk fudge.

This chocolate peda is just a variation of the regular peda made with mawa ( evaporated milk solids) with the addition of cocoa powder. It is creamy, chocolaty, rich and just melts in the mouth. You can use the same recipe to make burfi instead, simply spread the mixture in a greased plate up to 1/2 inch in height. Let it cool and cut into pieces. Continue reading →


Rava (Semolina) laddoo

 

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Rava laddoo is a yummy Maharashtrian sweet, prepared during festivities such as Diwali, Navratri to name a few. Few ingredients go into the making of these delicious laddoos, namely semolina, sugar and ghee. It is flavored with cardamom powder. Addition of nuts and raisins give it an additional texture and crunch. Continue reading →


Kesar peda (Saffron infused Indian milk fudge)

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Pedas are basically an Indian milk fudge, prepared from mava/khoya ( milk solids) and sugar, mostly flavored with cardamom. There are so many different kind of pedas such as malai peda, chocolate peda, mango peda, mawa peda, Mathura peda so forth and so on. Basically you can add your own flavors and make your own unique flavored peda. Today, I’d like to share one of my favorites- Kesar peda. Continue reading →

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