Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.
The food eaten on Holi mostly consists of your usual Indian cuisine. However, a few special dishes are prepared in different parts of India to celebrate Holi; Shakarparas (a sugar-coated deep fried snack) recipe can be adjusted to be healthier, diabetic friendly snack.
Preparation Time: 10 mins Baking Time: 20 minutes Oven Temperature: 400°F Total Time: 30 mins
1/4 cup coarsely powdered flax seeds
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp dry red chilli flakes or paprika
salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a stiff dough using water as required (approx. ¼ cup). Cover with a lid and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
Roll out a portion into a 200 mm. (8”) diameter circle without using any flour for rolling. Trim slightly from 4 sides to get a perfect square.
Prick it lightly with a fork and cut it into 25 mm. (1″) diamond shaped pieces and.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make more shakarparas. You will get approx. 45 shakarparas in all.
Arrange all the shakarparas on a baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 15 minutes or till they turn light brown and crisp from both the sides, while turning twice in between after every 5 minutes. Keep aside to cool slightly.