Healthy Diwali Snack!

Dr.Pushpanjali Badole,
Mother of Advay Badole, Nursery – D

Diwali has always brought with it happiness be it through the beauty of lights or the delight of meeting your loved ones or the sweet linger of delicacies. The various cuisines with their aromas, the mouth watering flavors, the joy of sharing the relish is what we savour since childhood. Nowadays people don’t have time to make numerous food items at home like earlier. Moreover with our sedentary lifestyle we tend to avoid fried foods and all purpose flour (maida). Hence these lovely old recipes are somewhere getting lost in time. But with innovative technology of easy baking with microwave ovens and airfryers and slight healthy modifications, I want you all to revisit the golden days with my simple bonne bouche!

Airfryer shankarpare (biscuits) recipe

INGREDIENTS(1 cup = 250 ml)
1.5 cups aatta (wheat flour)
½ cup rava (sooji or semolina)
½ cup regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar or as required
1 pinch salt
3 to 3.5 tablespoon milk or as required
3 tablespoon ghee (as mohan)

Kneading dough for shankarpare:

1.Powder the sugar in a dry grinder and keep aside.
2.First sieve the flour with salt.
3.Then sieve the powdered sugar.
4.Melt the ghee till hot
5.Add the melted hot ghee to the flour-semolina-sugar mixture.
6.Nicely mix the fat into the flour mixture and make a breadcrumb like consistency. when gathered together, the whole mixture should be able to hold itself together. You can also add dry fruits in powdered form or cardomom powder for added nutrition and flavour.
7.Warm the milk.
8.Then add each tbsp of the warm milk in intervals and knead to a firm tight dough.
if the dough looks dry, then add 1/2 or 1 tsp milk and knead.
9.Keep aside covered for 20-30 mins.
10.Divide the dough into two parts and roll each part into a circle of about 6-7 inches in diameter.
11.With a knife or pizza cutter, make diamond shapes from the dough. discard the edges and join them together with the other piece of dough. I here modified the shape into half moon with the help of bottle cap.
12.Preheat the airfryer on 180°C for 3 minutes and bake the pare/biscuits  for 10-12 minutes or until crisp brown.
13. Let them cool and serve these totally healthy (as made from whole wheat flour and oil free, non fried) nibbles which definitely children will enjoy!

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