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October 8, 2015

Khara Biscuit Recipe / Masala Biscuits - Savory Cookies

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Khara biscuit recipe
I love Bangalore Iyengar Bakery’s Khara buns & Khara biscuits more than Benne biscuits.But I usually bake benne biscuits/Nankhatai as its my family’s favorite.This morning I tried savory biscuits/Masala biscuits for the first time by referring this recipe.Actual recipe called for using butter or Vegetable shortening.In bakeries,they use vanaspati/Dalda.But I halved the recipe & used cooking oil(refined oil) to cut down the calories.I was really skeptical about the result.But good biscuits came out very well with melt in mouth texture & crispiness.I was so happy about this bake and enjoyed it with my teaLove Struck.Friends,do try this bakery style Masala biscuits/Khara biscuits and enjoy your tea time ! Color of this biscuit may vary slightly based on the time of baking and quantity of spices used.But the taste would be gr888 !

Khara biscuit recipe

Khara biscuit/Masala cookies

Khara biscuit/Masala cookies How to make bakery style Khara biscuit/Masala cookies
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Cookies
Serves: 12 nos
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 45 Minutes
1 cup - 200 ml , 1 tbsp – 15 gm
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil or Softened butter/ghee - 1/4 cup( I used Sundrop refined oil) 
  • Green chillies - 2 nos ( small)
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Salt - little less than 1/2 tsp
  • Curd - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida – a pinch
  • Grind the chillies,coriander leaves,curry leaves and ginger to a paste adding little water.No problem if the mixture is coarse.Do not add more water.(The paste should make 1tbsp approximately)
Khara biscuit recipe

  • Take the maida,corn flour,sugar,baking powder,salt and hing in a bowl.Mix it well.
  • Add the paste, half of the oil and curd to the flour mixture.Make a crumbly mixture and add the remaining oil.Knead it and Make a non-sticky dough.Add more oil only if needed.Keep the dough closed and rest it for 30 minutes.
Khara biscuit recipe

  • After 30 minutes,take a big ball sized dough and roll it using a rolling pin to 1/4” thickness.You can dust in little wheat flour if needed.Now take a round shaped cutter or lid.Make shapes and arrange the cookies in a baking tray.I used a non-stick pan.So I din’t line the tray.If you are using an aluminium tray,line it with butter paper.
Khara biscuit recipe
Khara biscuit recipe
Khara biscuit recipe
  • Pre heat the convection oven in 200c.Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes(Mine took 15 minutes) at 200c.The bottom of biscuits turn golden brown.It is the sign of baked cookies.Remove and let it cool.The biscuits may be soft to touch when hot.But when it cools down completely,it will become crunchy.So be patient.If the biscuits are not baked properly,it would stick to the plate and it cannot be removed easily.In that case, bake for 2 minutes more.Store in an air tight box after the biscuits are completely cool.
Khara biscuit recipe

Enjoy the masala cookies with hot tea !
  • For variations u can use softened butter or ghee at room temperature.
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your preference.

Enjoy this masala biscuits with hot tea/coffee ! Tastes yum !
Masala biscuit recipe

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Kurinji said...


Sona said...

Looks superb.. lovely pics..

Sona said...

Looks superb.. lovely pics..

Chitra said...

Thanks Kurinji , Sona :)

HAPPIE said...

Awesome, looks very nice

Suja Manoj said...

Flavorful and yummy biscuits

harini said...

hi chitra we bought a prestige otg 19ltrs two days back.i want to try ur recipe.can i use the same temperature u have given?because mine is an otg and not an micro wave convection.thanks in advance.

Chitra said...

Hi harini i think the same setting works.try n share ur feedback :)

Deeksha said...

I tried these yesterday.. and I loved them... Thanks Chitra.... and I used wheat flour and added some wheat bran and bansi rava

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Addition of wheat flour and bran is really a healthy option. I will try it next time. Thanks again!

harini said...

Hi Chitra tried this biscuit was too good.can I substitute wheat flour fully and try?Do I have to change any other ingredients?

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for the feedback Harini :) Yes, u can try it. U may need to add some extra oil to make the dough as wheat flour is dense. Try n share ur thoughts :)

HealthFoodSkin said...

Interesting ! :)

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