I first got introduced to Iyengar bakery treats when we were in Bangalore.The first item I tried itself got me hooked-Masala Bread loaf.Every time we are in Bangalore,I make sure I bring back at least 2 loaves back to Chennai and guard it like there's no tomorrow.Second one is Potato buns,do no even get me started on that one--potato bhaji stuffed in soft fluffy buns--too good to be true.
Salt biscuits or Khare biscuits as they are commonly known,comes a close third in my list.I tried a very similar version some time back and absolutely loved it.Perfect companion with a cup of tea.So when a new recipe for the same had been decided for the challenge from Champa's blog,I jumped for it.
Maida/All purpose flour - 2 cups / 250 gms
Butter - 1/3 cup,softened
Sugar - 4 tsp[I pulsed the sugar in the mixer]
Salt - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 3,chopped fine[or more,as per your taste]
Fresh Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp
Curd - 3 tbsp
Preheat oven to 160C.Grease a cookie tray and keep aside.
Sift together flour and salt.
Cream together butter and sugar till the sugar dissolves,mix in 2 tbsp curd and continue beating.
Whisk in the sifted flour slowly and mix.At this stage,it would be better if you start kneading by your hand.
Mix in the chopped coriander leaves,green chillies and the remaining 1 tbsp curd.The dough would be crumbly.
For easier handling-tip the dough into a polythene bag[or a cling wrap]Leave the bag open, place on your work surface and slowly press out the dough with a rolling pin so it becomes a rectangle.Chill for 10-15 minutes so that it is easy to handle the dough.
Roll the dough into 1/4 inch thickness and rip the bag open and cut using a cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.The cookies might still be soft but would harden once it cools down.
Cool on a wire rack and store in airtight containers.