Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Khara Biscuit

or Savoury Shortbread Cookies. I love the sound of Khara Biskut(love to spell it that way...just fits the product)

Thanks to Srivalli's Indian Cooking Challenge my dormant blog has been springing to life once a month(eyes rolling. This month Champa's Khara Biscuit or Savoury Shortbread Cookies was chosen.Savoury Cookies .....yummmmmmm, cudnt think about giving it a skip for two reasons:
a. I luuuuuuuuurve anything savoury
b. I never baked a savoury cookie before.

But this being the month of holidays and travel and all, I kept postponing the baking, till I saw Valli's mail this morning with the post. And then I knew I cudnt stall anymore. Back from work, was trying to put together the ingredients when I realised that I was really short on butter and on Kalonji/onion seeds that I wanted to put in the cookies for extra flavour.

So of course, the recipe was tweaked a bit but the result was still as great as all the comments I was reading through the day. I still want to make it the Champa way to know how the taste could change though.

Khara Biscuit

Makes :24 mini cookies/15 medium sized/8 large ones


All purpose Flour/Maida - 2 Cups
Softened Butter - 1/3 Cups
Sugar - 4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Green Chillies - 6 chopped fine
Fresh Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp chopped fine
Yogurt - 3 tbsp or as required
Carom Seeds/Ajwain - 1 tbsp

To Make

1.Heat your oven to 160C and line your tray with lightly greased aluminium foil.Alternately you may chose to use parchment paper

2.Cream the butter and the sugar.Add the yogurt and continue to beat.

3.Add rest of the ingredients and knead them together lightly

4.Roll it out to 1/4" thickness and cut out the cookies in desired shapes

5.Bake for 18-20 mins. Rotate half time.

6.Cool to get a firm biscuit.

Preparation Time :15 minutes
Baking Time :20 minutes

Deviations & Notes

1. I was out of butter so I used equal amount of ghee/clarifies butter and vegetable oil

2. Champa suggests baking a while longer for crispier biscuits

3. Champa also advises favouring the biscuits with anything that suits your imagination and taste. I instantly thought of carom and onion seeds.

Lovely accompaniment to your evening tea or just something light to nibble at while watching your favorite soap...thats what I am doing!!

Bake it, you will love it!!


  1. Nicely made biskuts:) after making these even I fell in love with savoury ones.

  2. Looks lovely Andy..Glad you could join us..