Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jeera biscuits - savoury cumin flavoured cookies

The local trains of Mumbai are a world of their own.  Getting into the local train every morning is an exercise in dexterity and street smartness. Not only do you have to make sure you are properly positioned on the platform to make your entry into the exact compartment that you want to get into easy and quick, but you also have to deal with people who elbow their way through the crowd, walking into the thick of things and then standing right in the middle of all the seats. All quirks of humanity unfold along those railway tracks, in a compartment where humans are packed like sardines. Some smell like sardines too, but then, you learn to ignore and move away. The quirkiness of some of the regulars is enough to merit a post of its own. So I'll leave that for another post and move on to the subject of this post - salt biscuits that taste great with tea or on their own. Spiced with cumin, ajwain and methi, carrying these with you will also give you something to look forward to in case you get stuck next to someone who thinks that deodorant is an insult in a foreign language. You might elicit strange looks, though, if you keep opening your dabba and smelling these, but then, who cares?

What you need:
Whole wheat flour - 1cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste)
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
Ajwain/omam/carraway seeds - 1 tsp
Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp
Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tbsp
Curd - 3-4 tbsp

Take the whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and ghee in a large mixing bowl. Mix with your finger tips until the mixture is crumbly. Add cumin, ajwain and kasuri methi. Add curd, starting with 1 tbsp and then adding as needed, and knead to a smooth dough. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 10-12 minutes until the bottom starts to brown.
These cookies will be a little soft when you take them out, but become crisp as they cool down.
Store in an air tight container once completely cool.
This post goes to PJ who is hosting Valli's Kid's Delight themed on Baked Treats.
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Manjula Bharath said...

wow that is one healthy and flavorful cookie :) very cute star shapes !! I would love to grab some !!

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Absolutely delicious looking would love it for sure.

Srivalli said...

Reading about everyday scene in a different city, makes one feel transported Jay..:)..thanks for the peek..and the cookies are so yum!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

lovely and easy biscuits...never knew you are also from

Pavani N said...

Those savory cookies look awesome.

Usha Rao said...

You are funny! Some people smell like sardines! Star shaped cookies are cute.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Those cookies should go well with a cup of tea.

Enjoyed your commentary on the Mumbai locals. I once had a job in Mumbai for a really short time.

Sreevalli E said...

Looks crunchy & awesome..

Chef Mireille said...

crunchy and yummy treat

Harini-Jaya R said...

perfect n healthy tea time cookies!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the flavors in the cookies!

Thanaa' Ra'ifah Maroun said...

Delicious and mouthwateing to look your pics. very cute pieces.