Since this is my first post, I will keep it simple. When a person thinks of India, the first thing that comes to mind is monsoons, spices, colours, amazing street food and the colourful mouthwatering desserts.
My favourite Indian dessert is gulab jamun. What’s yours? Though I am also partial to international desserts, pastries and biscuits. One of my favourite recipes is Indian style Masala cookies which is a blend of Indian and Western flavours.
70 gm-Powdered sugar
1 tsp-Vanilla essence/powder
180 gm-All purpose flour
1/2 tsp-Baking powder and baking soda
1 pc-Green chilly(finely chopped) (adjust according to your taste level)
2 tsp-Red chilly powder(adjust according to your taste level)
1/2-White onion(finely chopped)
10 leaves-Curry leaves(finely chopped)
1 tsp-Pepper powder
1 tbsp-Sesame seeds
1 pc-Ginger(finely chopped)
1 pinch each-Cardamon ,Cinnamon and Clove powder.
1.Sieve flour, baking soda, baking powder and chilly powder together.
2.In a small pan, roast sesame seeds.Once lightly roasted, add green chillies, ginger, onion, curry leaves and salt in butter. Take off flame and cool till room temperature.
3.Beat butter till light and fluffy. Add in the flour mixture and the cooked mixture to form a dough.
4. Cool the dough in the refrigerator. Take out the dough and roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheet.
5. Cut into desired shapes, dock the cookies and arrange on a greased baking tray.
6. Bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
In 80-20 ratio, you can add flour and coco power and remove the onions,curry leaves, pepper, sesame, cloves and cardamon and create chilly chocolate cookies perfect for those cold winter nights.
You can also make an all spices cookies by adding cumin seeds , light fennel seeds and do away with the onions and curry leaves. These cookies will go well with a nice hot chocolate or chai.
If you are in a mood for an all herb cookies, you can even add herbs to your flour mix (remove onions, curry leaves and chilli)such as thyme, rosemary, orange zest/lemon zest and any other spice which takes your fancy and gives a new experience to your taste buds.
Try this recipe on for size and get back to me with your responses.
Have a great day!