Garam Masala Nibbles

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Collect the scraps and repeat the process until you are done with the entire dough.Prick the biscuits with fork to avoid puffing up.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C/350F. Meanwhile arrange the biscuits in a baking tray with baking paper.
  6. Bake the biscuits for about 15-20 mins. Keep an eye after 15mins.
  7. 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.
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