Indian Cooking Challengers are into baking for the May Challenge. Srivalli chose Khara biscuits and gave us Champa's recipe. The recipe is very simple with easily available ingredients. It makes a great snack to go with tea. The recipe is a versatile one that you can add any spice of your choice and come out with various flavors.
- Maida/All Purpose Flour - 2 cups
- Butter - 1/3 cup softened
- Sugar - 4 tsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Green Chillies - 6, finely chopped
- Curry leaves - 2 tblspn, chopped fine
- Curd - 3 tblspn
Measure flour and salt into a bowl. Whisk well. Cream butter and sugar in another bowl. Add 2 tblspn of curd to it and beat well. Add the flour mix to it and incorporate into the cream mixture. Just bring together the dough and don't knead it. Add chopped chillies and curry leaves. If you feel the dough is too crumbly, add little more curd. The dough need not be wet, but you should be able to roll it.
Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 C for 25 minutes. These cookies doesn't brown on top. The bottom will be golden brown. You can bake it for few more minutes to get crisp cookies. The cookies when removed will be soft to touch and they firm up on cooling.
Note: You can add crushed pepper for the heat in place of chillies. Mint/coriander leaves can be used.
The baking time may vary depending up on your dough and oven.