Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spicy Masala Biscuts

I remember having these cookies/biscuts from Sheen bakery in Kannur.I am not sure if this is a Malabar specialty ,haven't found it anywhere else.These pair well with a hot cup of tea or coffee when you crave for something light and spicy
I have used the basic cookie recipe and added ingredients to make it spicy.It is a perfect balance of slightly sweet, salty and spicy .

  1. Self rising flour - 1 and 3/4 cups OR All purpose flour - 2 cups + 3/4 tsp baking soda + 3/4 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt.
  2. Green chillies - 4 chopped
  3. Ginger - 1/2 tsp grated
  4. Nigella /Kalonji  seeds - 1/2 tsp
  5. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  8. Cashew nuts - handfull broken
  9. Butter - 1 stick (4 oz / 8 tbsp)
  10. Egg - 1
  11. Sugar - 2 tbsp (increase to 4 or 5 tbsp if you like it  sweeter, I would add 4 tbsp next time)
  12. Corriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
  13. curry leaves - 1 stalk

Heat the Oven to 375 degree Farenhiet.
Beat the butter , sugar and egg well.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough. If it is too dry you can add a bit of water to help mix.
Roll the dough out (1/2 cm thickness)
Cut into into any shape you choose.
Sprinkle extra Nigella seeds on top .
Bake on a tin sheet for 12 - 15 minutes until light brown.
Cool and store .


  1. Hey, u from kannur???Iam a kannurian too:) and a core fan or sheen:)those biscuits looks soooo good...never had these though..

  2. Priya Chechy, this used to be a firm favourite in your house and ours too! I clearly remember muching on these whenever I came to Peramma's house for lunch during school days! :)

  3. Excellent..
    Never tried this recepe..
    Still brought back to the memories of munching those spicy buscuits..

  4. how long do these biscuits stay?

  5. If you bake them well enough so that all the moisture is gone , I am sure they will stay fresh at room temperature for at least 3 - 4 weeks.

  6. Sounds delicious with all those Nigella seeds!


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