Baked Shankarpali, with pancake mix!

Shankarpali – the sweet and the savory kind, both baked in 12 minutes! 6 cups of Shankarpali made in under 30 minutes!

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Baked Shankarpali, both Sweet and Savory, with pancake mix

I am so excited to share this loveable Diwali snack with you! Diamond shaped Shankarpali, is the favored snack in the array of special snacks that are made for Diwali. Shankarpali are made both sweet and savory and are popular in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Traditionally, the dough for sweet shankarpali is made of flour, ghee, milk and sugar, which is left to rest for an hour or so, then deep fried in ghee or oil. I like them with a hint of cardamom or saffron. The savory ones are also traditionally deep fried. Instead I have baked them, spicing them with a combination of cumin and carom seeds.

My experiment was to bake them using pancake mix or a baking mix, knead dough and bake, with no waiting time and no deep frying. I used Trader Joe’s buttermilk pancake mix/baking mix and 2 percent milk (for the sweet Shankarpali). Using melted ghee instead of the melted butter will give a more authentic Shankarpali taste.


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Dough for Savory Shankarpali on top and the Sweet Shankarpali at the bottom. Both made using the same pancake mix!

I rolled the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness  for the savory ones and thinner for the sweet ones because I wanted to test the crispy crunchy factor of both. Please bear in mind that it does rise a little when baking. The verdict? I liked the texture of the thinner ones and my husband liked the slightly thicker ones 😉

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Top row, left to right- Sweet Shankarpale dough, rolled and cut, ready for baking and the ready to eat after 12 minutes of baking.
Bottom row, left to right the Savory Shankarpali, dough rolled, cut and ready for baking. Bottom right, the Baked Savory Shankarpale after baking for 12 minutes.

The whole process of making the dough, rolling and cutting it, took me no more than 10~ 15 minutes to have both the Sweet and Savory Shankarpali trays ready for baking and another 12 minutes for the Shankarpali to bake!

The result is 3 cups each of the Savory and Sweet Shankarpali! Here are the recipes!

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Sweet Shankarpali-


  • 1½ cups buttermilk pancake mix
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6~ 8 green cardamoms, peeled and seeds powdered ,about 3/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 3 tablespoons  melted ghee
  • About ¼ cup milk

Note- ghee and cardamom are key ingredients in this recipe to get the authentic flavor

To make the Baked Pancake mix Shankarpali-

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pancake mix, confectioners’ sugar, salt and cardamom powder. Pour in the melted butter and rub it in the dry mix, lightly, with your fingertips. Add the milk, a little at a time, to make the dough.
  3. Roll the dough on an ungreased baking sheet or tray lined with aluminum foil to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut into diamond shapes.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool. Gently separate into diamonds, if needed.

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Savory Shankarpali-


  • 1½ cup pancake mix
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • About ¼ cup water

To make the Savory Shankarpali-

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle the 3 tablespoons of oil and lightly rub it in the dry mix with your fingertips. Add the water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. Knead the dough lightly.
  3. Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness, on an ungreased cookie sheet or baking tray lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Let cool. Separate into diamonds, if needed.

I hope my experiment has inspired you to make these quick and easy, figure friendly, Shankarpali!




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  1. Hi sandhya,

    I made the 3-2-1 microwave pedhas for ganpati prasad & they were a HIT
    Thank you so much for the recipe. My inlaws were visiting from india & they loved these pedhas so did my daughters.
    Do you have a recipe for nankatai? There are so many recipes on the internet but i wanted to ask you as i know your recipes are always foolproof 😃keep posting..

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    1. Thank you so much Jui! I am so glad that your in laws and your daughters loved the pedhas.
      I have not made nankatai in a long time. The amount of butter in it scares me:) Have you seen the sweet Shankarpale I posted today? With the caradmom in it, it reminded us a bit of nankatai.
      Hope to see you soon.Thank you so much for the compliment!


    1. Suzanne, you are so kind. I am really not patient in cutting the diamond shapes. I used a pizza wheel cutter which seemed to have a mind of its own:)
      Thank you so much for the compliment though! I was happy about the taste and texture of this traditionally deep fried food.

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  2. Would you look at these gorgeous photos? The first two pictures are just beautiful, were they taken outdoors? You’ve assembled it all so perfectly together too. I must say I have not heard of these before, but they look beautiful. Like Suzanne, I think the diamond shapes were so precise, well done! I like the idea of these being baked.

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    1. Thank you Loretta. The first two photos were taken by a window where the sunlight and shadows were getting too difficult to control:) thank you so much for the compliments.
      The Shankarpali are very popular especially at Diwali time and traditionally,the sweet ones are loaded with butter and deep fried…of course they taste yummy:)


  3. I like going to Trader Joe’s in Columbus, Ohio. This use of buttermilk pancake mix really sounds like a simple way to make a tasty treat. ♡ Both savory snd sweet doughs sound good for different purposes. 🙂

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  4. Hi Sandhya
    I came across your recipe just in time when planning to make savoury shankarpali. Will bisquik be ok to use instead of buttermilk pancake mix?

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    1. Veena, I have not tried itr with Bisquick but I believe it should work as the basic ingredients in both mixes are similar. Good luck! Let me know. I am happy with this baked version. Dont miss the fried savory shankarpali


      1. The bisquik version was a hit!! I just added whipped cream instead of milk for the sweet version.
        Any suggestions if karanjis can be baked as well?

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  5. Hi Sandhya,
    I came across your receipe and would like to make it this year. What is the shelf life for this? I want to make ahead of the Diwali so wanted to know when I can make it.


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