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Monday, June 22, 2015

Masala Biscuits | Kerala Bakery Style Masala Biscuits | Eggless Garam Masala Cookies(Step by Step Pics)

Masala biscuit is a famous cookie(biscuit) from bakeries in Kerala.I loved munching them so much back in Kerala but staying away from home reminds us of the tempting foods.Few weeks back,one of my friend reminded me of the cookie and we were just talking about them.She wished to have the recipe and enquired me if the khara biscuits(I posted sometime back) tasted the same too.However,the khara biscuits tasted different from the kerala style bakery biscuits.As a blogger,I started trying out these cookies with my own experiments and to my surprise,my first experiment was soft cookies like nankhatai because I used more of butter and I had used 1tsp salt which was slightly more.Correcting all first errors,the second trial is here which was 100% taste wise satisfactory but the color wasn't the same,probably the bakeries add color and the texture wasn't all crunchy instead was slightly softer(may be an increase in temp of 5 mins may yield it crunchier and use all purpose flour).I was very happy with both experiments as it was a total trial and error;the results were very good.Do give this a try and enjoy !!

Recipe source :own
Preparation time~20 mins
Baking time~ 14-18 mins
Serves~ 20 biscuits
wheat flour 1 1/4 cup
baking soda 1/4 tsp
baking powder 1/2 tsp
powdered sugar 4 tsp
unsalted butter(at room temp.) 4tbsp
oil 1tbsp
*garam masala 3/4 tsp
pepper powder 1/4 tsp
nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
dry ginger powder 1/4 tsp
black sesame seeds 1 tsp
milk 2-3tbsp
salt 3/4 tsp

to grind
mint leaves 8-10
ginger 2" piece
green chilly 1 or 2

  • In a wide bowl,sift the wheat flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt,sugar,dry ginger powder,*garam masala,cinnamon powder,nutmeg powder twice.Mix well with a whisk.
  • Add in the sesame seeds.In the meantime,grind the mint leaves,ginger and green chillies with very little water(about 2tbsp).Add this ground mix along with softened butter,oil  and start kneading.Add milk as required to bring the dough together.Knead like for chapathis and then roll in a cylindrical shape(15 cm in length & 2" round).Cover it tightly with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour-2 hours.

  • After refrigeration,pre heat oven to 350 degrees F and line two trays with parchment paper.
  • Cut the log in between 1/8"-1/4" thick and place each slice on the tray separating with a 1"space.Makes about 20 cookies.
  • Place and bake in pre heated oven for 14-18 mins or until the base look slightly browned.Flip all cookies and bake for another 5 mins(If you wish to have crunchy cookies)
  • Cool on wire rack and serve with tea or store in air tight containers,stays fresh for 2 weeks.

* Whole garam masalas-cinnamon 2",cloves 2,cardamom 2,star anise 3 petals(not flower),warm this up in a pan and fine powder in a blender to get the garam masala powder.
* Use tender ginger so that fibers are less.
* Add in a sprig of curry leaves too if you love the flavors.
* Use all purpose flour or maida to get the crunchier texture too.

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meena said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been aiming at making such flat looking ones but for some reason mine puffed up u are reminding me to try again love the idea of mint in biscuit.Yummy looking biscuit.

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious biscuits julie.Guess sotness is from milk.I recently experminented and the result was soft rather than crunchy

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Really delicious ........... feeling nostalgic and it is not available here.... Feeling to make them.... :)

Padma said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved all the flavours in the biscuit...Definitely going to give a try!!

Seenas Food Basket said... Best Blogger Tips

These biscuits looks superb and yummy.. in fact a unique one I think..:)

I love if you visit my space too and leave some comments which really inspire me.. I love to interact with all food bloggers.. Its .Thank you..

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely masala biscuits...looks nice..

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

I can feel the armoa of the cookies .. Wish to have one with my tea.. Yummy

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

aromatic and i want those cookies now.perfect for the monsoon

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

These sound so good... I don't know how many takers I would have for this though since I have a sweet tooth family literally! :)

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

wow Julie...I must say you are a perfectionist

Merry Tummy said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a friend who is from kerala and she made me taste these garam massala cookies with tea and it was instant love. She got it readymade, thanks for sharing the recipe julie, now i can try them at home :) Looks very yummy

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so cute..lovely biscuits.

Cathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

These biscuits are gorgeous!!

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

These biscuits look really delicious.. Want to try them sometime..

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

these biscuits look so yumm..i'll love to munch on these any time...loved the recipe and detailed pics

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Recipe looks great, but i think you dont need baking soda in the recipe, it has made my cookies soft rather crisp. You already have baking powder which will help rise the cookie.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@pavan kumar Katam Thanks Pavan, will try that way too and will update.. I have already mentioned that this recipe yields softer cookies.