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Monday, July 07, 2014

Jeera Biscuits(Eggless) | Indian Style Chai Biscuits(Step by Step Pics)

How many of you like the Indian style bakery biscuits like nankhatai ??I was a very great fan of these Indian bakery style biscuits which have loads of butter/ghee and made with wheat flours and have a rustic look in general.The Indian bakery cookies have the distinct flavors of cumin or cardamom which I love the most and can be easily dipped in the chai/tea.However,these cookies are more of salty than sweeter(that's what I love about these cookies) and have the aroma of cumin seeds.These are more crumbly than crunchy,if you wish a crunchier one add addtional time to your baking time.Though I followed the recipe from sinfully spicy, but slightly modified to our tastes.I have used wheat flour but if you wish to get the lighter tastes feel free to use all purpose flour/maida.Do give these a try with chai/tea !!

wheat flour 1.5 cups
semolina,fine 1/2 cup
baking powder 1.5 tsp
baking soda 1/4 tsp
butter unsalted 1 stick ,cold cut in cubes
cumin seeds 1 tsp
sugar  1/3-1/2 cup
oil (any)3tbsp
cold milk 3-5 tbsp (use as required)
salt 1/2 tsp

-Sift the flour,semolina,baking powder,baking soda,sugar and salt in a bowl.Add the cumin seeds and butter cubes.Run in the food processor till the butter becomes pea sized and the dough is crumbly.(Use clean hands if you don't have food processor)

-Add the oil and keep adding a tbsp of milk each till the dough comes together.Stop when the dough is slightly sticky.Transfer to a floured surface and divide the dough in two equal portions and shape into logs of 2" diameter.Wrap in cling films and refrigerate for half an hour until the logs are firm and can be cut in slices.
-Pre heat oven to 325 degrees F or 165 degrees C and line two trays with parchment paper.Remove the dough from refrigerator and cut the cookies 1/4 " thick with a serrated knife( don't worry about the uneven shapes and rough surfaces as that's how it should be)
-Arrange the cookies in the lined tray about 2" apart.Bake in pre heated oven for about 18-22 minutes or until the cookies turn slightly browned on sides and the top gets firm (mine took 25 minutes to get done)
-Cool on wire rack completely and serve with tea or store in air tight containers.

Serves ~ 20-25 cookies

* You can use all purpose flour instead of atta if you like the crumbly texture more.PS: Reduce the baking powder to 1 tsp if you are using all purpose flour or maida.
* Cut the cookies not more than 1/4" thick otherwise it may not get cooked properly.
* If you are residing in India,then pulse the granulated sugar and use.As the granules in the granulated sugar available here is very small so I have omitted that step.
* If you have left overs,store in air tight containers.Stores good for 2 weeks.


Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

yummo..these jeera biscuits look too addictive..

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie these look so yum. I want to come over for tea.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow the biscuit has come out perfect....

Rumana Rawat said... Best Blogger Tips

They look so beautiful and perfect..

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

super crunchy biscuit

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

they looks so addictive..would love to munch on some...

Kurinji said... Best Blogger Tips

Soft and yummy cookies...

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

I am a great fan of all biscuits..jeera biscuits looks very yummy..loving it.

nandoos kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! nice biscuits. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

I can smell the flavor of these yummy biscuits.. Bookmarked ! Can u pls lemme know the quantity of is not mentioned dear !

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@priya satheesh sorry dear,it was a typo error..corrected dt,Thanx for letting me know :)

nayana said... Best Blogger Tips

Hving my tea n would love to hv these jeera biscuits with it

turmericnspice said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks amazing, all I need is some tea :)

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

G0od one . will try

foodydelight said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Julie..
Biscuits looks so delicious. I am huge fan of these biscuits... and also nice clicks....thanks for sharing

Today recipe Rajasthan Thai. Do check out

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... such crunchy biscuits!!! loved the new header! :)

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so inviting! Lovely biscuits!

Preetha said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and nice biscuist

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and flavorful biscuits.. Love your new header :)

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love this cookies, i can dip it in my tea and can have it right now.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rafeeda ARThyanx for noticing the change dear :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sona SThanx Sona,happy that u liked the header :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Biscuit looks yummm and crunchy ........ Well presented!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I've gotta make these beauties..lovely cookies.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Luv the jeera biscuits. Homemade ones are so much better than store bought ones...fresh and flavorful.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the texture, looks so delicious and very nice clicks Julie.. said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice to have with coffee or visit my blog dear thanks.

Tumas Tongue Treats said... Best Blogger Tips

Good looking and tasty cookies Julie