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Monday, May 23, 2011

Masala Biscuits / Khara Biscuits (Savoury Crackers)

Masala biscuits were on my to do list since long. I had almost bookmarked 4-5 recipes but finally went ahead with this one for the main reason that this recipe called for less butter :) when compared to others.
Masala Biscuits Recipe
Masala Biscuits Recipe:
Recipe Source : Nammaruchi
Makes 30-35 small square sized biscuits
Ingredients:
  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 1 cup (135 gms)
  • Butter - 4 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 tbsp torn into pieces (optional)
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped finely
  • Green chillies - 2 chopped finely
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk - 4 tbsp (Adjust according to the consistency of the dough)

Khara Biscuits  Recipe
Method:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add flour with butter (at room temperature) , rub it gently until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Now add salt,sugar, curryleaves, corinader leaves, sesame seeds, green chillies and milk. Knead it to a stiff dough closely like a chapathi dough.
  3. Flour the surface and roll the dough thin of about 1/4 inch thickensss.Cut with cookie cutter with desired shapes. I used the cutter at the back of the spoon with design and cut into small squares.
  4. Collect the scraps and repeat the process until you are done with the entire dough.Prick the biscuits with fork to avoid puffing up.
  5. Preheat the oven at 180 deg C for 10mins. Meanwhile arrange the biscuits in a baking tray with butter paper.
  6. Bake the biscuits for about 15-20 mins. Keep an eye after 15mins.Once taken out of the oven, the biscuits are soft, when cooled down they become crispy.
Savoury Crackers Recipe
My Notes :
  • You can add mint leaves too for the extra flavour.
  • Dont estimate the biscuits soon after they are taken from the oven and overbake it. I tell you, they are soft when hot...once cooled down they are crispy. If you overbake the biscuits they will be hard.
  • Increase the green chillies according to your spice level.
  • These are perfect to go for teatime
  • The more thin you roll out the crispier the cookies will come
  • Store in airtight container and it keeps well for about a week
  • You can replace butter with oil, but adjust milk accordingly to make a stiff dough
  • Ajwain / omam or jeera can also be added.
Masala Biscuits Recipe

The aroma that comes when the biscuits are baked is absolutely heavenly. This recipe can be tweaked to make the normal salt and sweet biscuits as in the orginal recipe which I've tried too. These masala biscuits are highly addictive and you cant stop with one or two :)


Masala Biscuits Recipe

I got around 30-35 small square crackers. The quantity totally depends on the size of the crackers. The orginal recipe is for ajwain/omam biscuits which I used as a base for my masala biscuits and they turned out super good.

Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

53 comments:

  1. Wow.. this is super good.The pics are just amazing as usual:) Very tempting..
    Reva

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  2. That's so easy to make ..shall try it ...looks fab ..lovely pics

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  3. Cute presentation;Yenga than ivlo cute,matching props vangrayo! Great :) I love these biscuits too!

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  4. Wow, awesome biscuits, loved the flavour. Very cute presentation,bookmarked.

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  5. I have never made masala biscuits at home, looks so so yumm.

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  6. @Raks : Thank you! Verenga nama chennai / cbe than :)

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  7. I am now bookmarking this from you Sharmilee:) Paarkkavae super-aa irukku!

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  8. Kara kara mur mur biscutis look so inviting...

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  9. Romba soooper ah irukku :) Damn tempting as you say. I haven't tried any version of savory biscuits. This one will surely get a chance soon :) yummy :)

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  10. Super recipe Sharmi..no need to buy tea time biscuits after seeing this recipe.

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  11. This is my second favorite blore biscuit after benne biscuit...I too make them,just love to munch them anytime..they look yumm

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  12. Wow...they are addictive...bookmarked...will try it soon...

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  13. Looks perfect as a tea time snack!

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  14. Love these biscuits ~ totally addictive stuff!I can almost taste them and want to grab a few :)
    US Masala

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  15. OMG.... Looks soooooooooo tempting and inviting.. Love the presentation dear.. send me some :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  16. I never knew that it can be so perfectly at home... thanks for sharing the recipe//

    Sunanda's Kitchen

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  17. Never imagined doing it at home ...... looks perfectly delicious.

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  18. Scrumptious and very addictive masala biscuits, fabulous clicks..

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  19. Wow beautiful, crispy and yummy biscuits.

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  20. amazing pictures & tempting biscuits :)

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  21. Wow looks delicious ad very tempting.

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  22. I love khara biscuits this one sounds ultimate of that choice.

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  23. perfect biscuits and very neat presentation. Love the cute bowls and again ur "coming up next" is tempting me very much

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  24. Perfect snack!The picture is very crisp...Love it

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  25. These remind me of the small salted biscuits we would eat as kids, the tiny size in itself a big attraction to us. These sounds very good, will try these for sure!

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  26. Wish I could grab them off the screen!! I remember eating similar looking savory biscuits back home and now I wanna taste some homemade ones! The pictures are a beauty!

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  27. Beautiful clicks Sharmi...looks so cripsy and nice:)

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  28. looks delicious and tempting snack ....u have a wonderful blog and glad to follow u ....

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  29. I've made it once so I better know how it would hv tasted..Love the square shape Sharmila..Super crisp too..Soooper

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  30. my makes them very often at home, looks very nice! could love to nibble all the way!!

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  31. I tried it and they were crispy and scrumptous

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  32. Sharmi, tempts me to try. Is butter paper available in Nilgris?

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  33. @nithya ; Yes you can get nilgiris brand or even aavin/amul(unsalted butter)

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  34. @nithya : Butter paper try in any stationary shop, you will surely get it.

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  35. Sharmi,
    Your blog is soo good!! really liked it a lot.. thank u.. can we use wheat flour instead of maida here? plz let me know.. want to try!

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  36. @Anon : Thanks for the words :) Reg wheat flour yes you can use but the texture will vary and the baking time will increase too(atleast 3-4 mins extra). Hope this helps!

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  37. @Anon : Thanks for the words :) Reg wheat flour yes you can use but the texture will vary and the baking time will increase too(atleast 3-4 mins extra). Hope this helps!

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  38. your version was easy compared to mine....i used cookie cutters to add a twist....i always use wheat flour and they turn out well all the time..good luck blogging :-)

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  39. Hi.. Jus now tried these biscuits.. They were
    Superb!!! Everybody loved it :)) raining wit
    Praises:))))) .. Thank u for the beautiful recipe..

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  40. I tried exact the same way...but even after 20 mins, they didnt bake properly. I could feel the rawness. Also they all were in the same size..didnt puffed up:( It was an utter failure..donno where it went wrong

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  41. @Anon : I am not sure what went wrong too...Sorry to hear that.

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  42. hi sharmilee .. i tried out these biscuits an dtehy come out excellently well.

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  43. just wanted to show you my version of your khara biscuits.. here they are

    http://foodigest.blogspot.com/2012/07/coming-up-next.html

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  44. Hey I tried it today and loved the output..... Just awesome..... One thing I added extra is a pinch of baking powder to raise the cookie .... I tell you this is a must try cookie recipe for everyone....

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  45. should we turn the biscuits in between ?

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    1. My oven has top and bottom coils so I didnt turn the biscuits...no need to turn the biscuits

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  46. Sharmi - I tried today & the first batch tastes good, but a little dried out, Should I oil brush the biscuits also - Can I continue making in batches or should I give any resting time for the oven before the second batch?

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    1. No need to brush oil, just continue making the next batch...

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  47. Dear Sharmi,
    I tried this biscuit tday and it came out really gud. I loved the taste.thanks

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