A very simple gtalk conversation with Aparna led me into making these cookies.As I've mentioned before,many a times the chat is about food and more food than anything else.Probably the second or max the third query to each other would be -"so what's cooking"?
So while chatting she told me she was baking masala cookies and I was intrigued.I've been meaning to make these since so long and it looked like the perfect time to try.I was leaving to Ekm on a short trip and was already baking this cake,so thought of making this too.I had written down this recipe long back from this blog and it looked simple enough to try.I did and as I was flattening the cookies,I had an idea.I wanted these to look like biscuits not cookies but the dough was a li'l bit,teeny bit sticky.
I remember seeing this method somewhere[can't remember where] of refrigerating the dough in a ziplock bag and then rolling the dough inside it.That gives the biscuits a very even shape and you could easily cut them into squares or any other shape of your choice without the necessity to add more flour lest the dough starts getting sticky.
First time I made these,they were gone in no time and I really did not get a chance to have it myself.So the first thing I baked after coming back to Chennai was this.I should say I am in love with savory cookies.Perfect snack to have with a cup of tea.I can see myself baking this again and again!!
Masala Biscuits - Recipe source Namratha of Finger-licking Food
Maida - 1 cup
Butter - 75 gms[original recipe uses margarine],softened
Powdered sugar - 2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Green chillies - 6-8,adjust to your spice level[I used 4]
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1-2 sprigs[I skipped this]
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp,chopped
Ginger - 1/2' piece grated
Preheat oven to 150C.Grease/line a cookie tray.
Sift together flour,powdered sugar,baking powder and salt and keep aside.
In a mixing bowl,beat butter till smooth[about3-4 minutes.Mix in the cut chillies,chopped curry leaves,coriander leaves,ginger and yogurt.
Slowly mix in the flour little at a time and knead into a smooth dough.
Keep the dough inside a ziplock and seal it closed.
Start rolling-first to all four corners and then roll evenly till the dough stretches to all sides.
It might be sticky at this stage-so refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes or so.
Cut open the ziplock and cut the biscuits into shapes of your choice
Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake for 20-23 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack and store in airtight containers.