Indian Savory Cookies served with hot tea / coffee, popular in Bakery Shops
Iyengar Bakery’s many recipes are so popular and so tempting. There are lots of modern bakery’s nowadays still people’s love towards Iyengar’s bakery for its authentic foods never cease. This Khara Biscuits or savoury Masala cookies are one such jewel in the crown. A hot cup of tea / coffee with 2 Khara Biscuits is a yummy treat for a wonderful evening. Unlike the sugary cookies, this is a savoury variety with our Indian spices. The coriander leaves adds a nice flavor to the cookies. We can store Khara Biscuits in an air-tight container and biscuits will stay fresh for 3-5 days.
I know some of us have no Oven in the home. Like we make pressure cooker cakes, we can pre-heat the pressure cooker with 2 cups of salt. Place a perforated plate upside down and keep a flat bowl on top of the perforated vessel upside down and heat the cooker with lid (without whistle / gasket) and when our cookies are ready to be baked, place in a round baking tray and keep inside the cooker and cover and cook in high flame for 10-12 minutes. Scrumptious Khara Biscuits will be ready for our evening 🙂
Sieving Dry Ingredients
Combine all the ingredients in the bowl and slowly knead them together to a stiff dough. If you are not able to make a dough, we can add more curd / yogurt till we get a stiff dough. But add a teaspoon of curd at one point of time and adjust if needed. Also do not over knead the dough as it will affect the aeration process and the biscuits will become hard while baking. So gently knead and once you get a dough, stop the kneading process. Let the dough sit for 15 mins.
Pre-heating the oven
Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degrees F / 170 Degrees C
Roll & Cut Biscuits
After 15 mins of resting, take the dough. Cut into 2 portions. Roll each portion to 1/2 cm thickness. Using a cookie cutter or a sharp lid, cut out the rolled dough into round shaped cookies.
Using a fork prik the cookies to make holes. Arrange the cookies in the lined Cookie Tray (i forget to show this step in the video)