This sweet snack goes by many names as Shakarkarpare, Gujia, Fried Namkeen diamonds etc. many Hindus make this for Diwali and Durga puja and the Christians make it for Christmas and a very similar one is made by the Chinese in long strips like Flat noodles and soaked in flavoured sugar syrup. My Mom used to make this and store in airtight containers and ration it out for our evening teas when we were kids. This is a very simple recipe so I make it very often...........just pop one in the mouth and enjoy the the feeling of sugar and ghee( so what you do is add a few spoons of Ghee in the oil that you fry).
All purpose flour 1 cup
Butter 4 tbsp
Sugar 1 cup (powdered)
Cardamon 1/2 tsp (powdered)
Sugar syrup 1 cup (should be 2 string consistency in case you want to soak the Diamonds).
Oil for deep frying + 4 tbsp Ghee for flavour if you want, its optional.
Sesame seed 1 tsp
-Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, add the butter 2/4 sugar powder, cardamon powder and the sesame seeds and mix well, add little water and knead into a soft dough, like the one you make for chapatti( I used milk instead of water to make the texture softer), rest it for a while say an hour.
-Roll it into a chapatti shaped round circular discs and cut this into strips and then int a Diamond shape with a roller cutter or sharp knife, ensuring all the same size.
-Heat the oil with Ghee in a kadai and deep fry the diamonds turning it to ensure both sides are golden in colour, keep the flame on moderate.
-Remove strain the oil and put it on an absorbing tissue, sprinkle with the sugar powder and toss it well to mix, when cool put in air tight container