Maida Biscuits, Shakkar pare recipe, Diamond Cuts

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Maida Biscuits/Diamond Cuts - is a deep fried sweet snack made with all purpose flour, sugar, cardamom powder and ghee. This snack is made especially during diwali and christmas time. At anytime this biscuits would be a perfect snack to munch. Kids will absolutely love this maida biscuits. These are crunchy and have flaky inside. It is also known as shakkarpara or shankarpali with slight variation.

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Maida biscuits or diamond cuts are one of my favorite childhood snack from the bakery. My dad used to buy these especially for me. In my hometown, we get these in the small square shapes, so I chose to make these biscuits in the same square shape. But you can make these in diamond shapes too.

I tried two batches before with different ratios to get this perfectly textured biscuits. So follow the exact same quantity without adjusting any of ingredients, you will get a perfect crunchy and easy to bite biscuits. The inside of this will be flaky like the biscuit. May be thats why peoples are calling it as maida biscuit though it is fried. You can store this biscuit for several days so make it for this diwali or on any day and stock it up. Enjoy!!

Maida Biscuits

Cuisine: South Indian | Category: Snacks | Yields: 2 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 25 min

INGREDIENTS
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All Purpose Flour/Maida - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon
Melted Ghee - 2 1/2 tablespoon
Cardamom - 2
Salt - a pinch
Baking Soda - a pinch
Water - as required
INSTRUCTIONS
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1In a blender take sugar along with cardamom and grind it to a smooth powder. Transfer these powdered sugar into a bowl. Now, add maida, salt, baking soda and melted ghee in the bowl.

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2First mix everything well. Then add water little by little and make a firm and smooth dough. Knead it for 5 minutes and then let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

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3Now, divide the dough into three or four equal parts. Take one part of the dough and quickly knead. Dust the working area or board slightly with flour and then roll it into thick circle or square (not too thin or thick, approximately 1/8 inch). Then with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut them into small squares or diamond shapes. I chose to cut small square.

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4I have shown the thickness of the piece in the following pic. Repeat the same for the remaining batches and collect all the pieces in a plate. This way you can add to the oil easily.

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5While you were cutting, heat the pan with enough oil to deep fry the biscuits. Once the oil is hot, add the cut pieces into oil carefully. Leave it for few seconds then stir the biscuits gently. Fry them over medium flame till it becomes golden brown. Stirring gently in between helps to get the even color on all the sides.

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6Fry the remaining batches without overcrowding the pan, fry everything. If oil temperature drops, put in high for few seconds and then turn back to medium flame before you add the next batch to fry. Place all the fried pieces in the tissue to absorb any excess oil. These biscuits will be soft right after frying. But after some time, it will be harden and becomes crispy. Once all the biscuits completely cools down, store in airtight container. Enjoy!!

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NOTES

The sugar quantity I mentioned in the recipe is for mild sweetness and it was perfect for me. If you want sweeter, you can add another two tablespoon of sugar.

The amount of ghee mentioned here is for the perfect crunchy and at the same time easy to bite biscuits. If you reduce the ghee quantity, you will get a harder biscuit.

If the dough is too thick, add little water and knead it. If it is little sticky, add extra tablespoon of flour.

You can store this maida biscuits up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Fry the biscuits over medium flame otherwise it will get dark color soon. Stirring the biscuits often while frying helps to attain uniform colored biscuits.

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