|Alternative names||Shakkarpara, Khurma, Kurma, Laktho, Murali, Lakdi Mithai|
|Place of origin||Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan|
|Main ingredients||Milk, sugar, ghee, maida, semolina|
Shankarpali, shakkarpara, murali, khurma, lakdi mithai, or just simply mithai is an Indian sweet snack. It is etymologically derived from Persian Shekarpareh. Shankarpali is popular in Western India, especially in north India specially Uttar Pradesh. Its North Indian variant known as khurma or laktho is also popular in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, and eastern Uttar Pradesh. It is also a popular sweet among the Indian diaspora in Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their respective diasporas in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. It is traditionally enjoyed as a treat on Diwali. It is rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy. It can be sweet, sour or spicy depending upon how it is made.
Shankarpali is made from a dough of sugar, ghee, maida, and semolina.
The mixture is made into dough and then mechanically cut into diamond-shaped units which are deep fried in ghee or butter.
It is a popular snack amongst the Maharashtrian, Gujarati and Kannadiga community in India and has a long shelf-life. It is widely available in shops; people usually purchase ready-made shankarpali during the year and only prepare it at home during Diwali. This provides a livelihood for women who produce it throughout the year and market it.
Flavors of India: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Sakkarpara.