I love to bake! And I love to bake savouries I can snack on when I settle down with my afternoon cup of chai. This is one of my go to comfort foods- an easy savoury biscuit you can whip up in your (indian) kitchen with the ingredients you can find in your pantry.
- All purpose flour (Maida) – 1 cup (135 gms)
- Unsalted Butter – 4 tbsp
- Ground Pepper – 1 tbsp
- Garam Masala powder – 1 tbsp
- Cumin and Fennel seeds – 1/2 tbsp each
- Salt – 1 tsp (or less depending on your taste)
- Sugar – 1/2 tsp
- 2% Milk – 3-4 tbsp (Adjust according to the consistency of the dough
- In a mixing bowl, add your butter to your flour (at room temperature) , rubbing gently until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. (Use cold butter, it takes more time to rub in but the end result is flakier)
- Now add salt, sugar, pepper powder, garam masala, fennel and cumin seeds- and drizzle in a table spoon of milk. Knead it to a stiff dough (adding more milk as needed). It needs to come together but not become sticky. If it does- no worries- just add in some extra flour.
- Flour a flat surface and roll out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thick.Cut out shapes with your favourite cookie cutter (or a glass).
- Collect the scraps and repeat the process until you are done with the entire dough.Prick the biscuits with fork to avoid puffing up.
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg C/350F. Meanwhile arrange the biscuits in a baking tray with baking paper.
- Bake the biscuits for about 15-20 mins. Keep an eye after 15mins.
- The biscuits tend to be a bit soft when taken out of the oven but they crisp up when they cool down. Don’t put the soft biscuits back or you’ll end up with a rock hard biscuit.