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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Prawn/shrimp biryani | Hariyali jhinga biryani

This Prawn Biryani is a delectable rice dish, prepared with an uber delicious green masala consisting of cilantro/coriander leaves and warm spices. It is hearty, wholesome, aromatic and just what you need for a satisfying seafood meal!

I love all kinds of biryani! A delectable rice and meat/veg preparation seasoned with aromatic spices and condiments infused with fragrant saffron and brown caramelized onions! As daunting as it looks, it’s not really very difficult to prepare a good biryani at home. You may need a few trials, to get all the proportions right.


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Paneer Nazakat

Paneer Nazakat, a beautiful dish from the Hyderabadi cuisine is rich, delicious and as pretty as a picture. Nazakat is an Urdu word which means softness, mildness or elegance. And this Paneer Nazakat is just that.

Cubes of paneer are stuffed with a mildly spiced dried fruit mixture. These pan-fried paneer cubes are served over a bed of a thick, creamy and tantalizing, nutty, brown onion- tomato sauce or gravy as it is known in India. Two words- Exotic & delicious! Continue reading →


Mawa cake

This Indian mawa cake is moist, dense, decadent and delicious. Not overly sweet and makes for a perfect accompaniment along with your tea or coffee! 

Hello, peeps ! Hope everyone is doing great! I’m back after an unexpected mini hiatus. I’ve missed blogging but I also feel super refreshed after the little break. Another break is not very far off but this time I’ll definitely be scheduling some posts.


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