Air-Fried Pumpkin Shakarpara

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch


7-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jul. 18, 2024
Shakarparas are crispy fried Indian cookies. My Indian American family makes these traditional treats every year for the holidays. I wanted to put my own twist on them, so I adapted the original recipe by adding pumpkin and fall spices, and I make this shakarpara in the air fryer. —Jessica Burke, Chandler, Arizona
Air-Fried Pumpkin Shakarpara Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, beat pumpkin, egg and butter until blended. Stir into dry ingredients to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth, about 12 times. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 1/2-in. diamonds.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 375°. In batches, arrange diamonds in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until edges are golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 23 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.