Week 6 of “Blog Hop Wednesday” started by Radhika and I am paired with Priya of Mharo Rajasthan’s Recipes. Now she certainly needs no introduction and has a vast collection of recipes. I was pretty much jumping from one to another and wished I had more time on hand to try out a bunch of her recipes. Anyway I picked this khara biscuit because I love spicy stuff. Kids loved it and K wanted me to make a double batch the next time around. The original recipe states that this is the Iyengar Bakery Style Khara biscuit.
The biscuits had a slight tinge of sweetness along with the heat from chillies and was delicious. You could certainly try a whole bunch of variations by adding your favorite spices and herbs. Next time I will add some cumin seeds or sesame seeds. Overall tea time was much more enjoyable with these biscuits and my 3 yr old was behind me asking for more. Off to the pictorial.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter (5 tbsp + 1tsp)
4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp green chillies chopped
3 tbsp cilantro
3 – 4 tbsp yogurt (I used around 4.5 tbsp to get to the dough consistency)
1. If you are using 2 pans for baking, make sure to rotate the pans half way.
2. Add different spices or herbs for variations.
Recipe Source : Priya
Sieve the flours and take in a bowl.
Whisk the mixture and keep aside.
Take butter and sugar in a bowl.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
Add about 2 tbsp of yogurt(curd) and continue to mix.
Add the dry ingredients. (flour and salt mix)
Mix to combine. You will find that the mixture is pretty crumbly.
Add chillies and cilantro.
Form a dough using more yogurt if necessary. We want the dough to be stiff. I used around 4.5 tbsp of yogurt. (Do not put too much pressure on the dough.)
Pinch a portion of the dough and roll it.
Take a baking sheet and line with aluminium foil. Lightly grease the foil and arrange the biscuits. Place in a 350F preheated oven for 18 – 20 minutes.
The biscuits do not brown much on top, but will have a nice color at the bottom. They will be slightly soft on top and will harden on cooling.
That is it. Spicy biscuits ready for an evening snack along with tea.