Osmania Biscuit from Hyderabad, Telangana cuisine.
Delicious buttery Biscuit flavoured with cardamom and saffron. Not only tasty and flavorful but colour of saffron made these biscuits attractive.
Osmania Biscuit is a popular tea biscuit in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.It is named after the last Asaf Jahi ruler of Hyderabad State, Mir Osman Ali Khan.
The biscuits were first baked on the demand of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who wanted a snack that was a little sweet and a little salty. Today, the evning chai is incomplete without these biscuits anywhere in the city. With the growth of Hyderabad as an IT hub, people from all over India were exposed to this unique biscuit and as a result of this, Osmania Biscuits are now on the list of anyone who comes to Hyderabad or goes back to his hometown. Variations of Osmania Biscuits exist in other states too; in Chennai, a biscuit that is known as ‘Butter Biscuit’ is almost similar.
It is one of the cultural identities in Hyderabad.
This month Shhh Cooking Secretly group members sharing different recipes from Telangana cuisine. This Facebook group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. This month my partner is Aparna Parinam. A very talented blogger who blog at Tangy Tales. Visit her space for different types delicious recipes. I specially love her chutney recipes.
Aparna gave me saffron and milk powder and I gave her onion and tomato. Check out her blog to see what she made with these ingredients.
I have made these yummy biscuits with saffron and milk powder. These biscuits are perfect to serve with tea or coffee.
Maida or refined flour – 1 cup
Soya bean flour – 1 tablespoon
Milk powder – 3 tablespoon
Butter – 1/3 cup
Powdered sugar – 1/3 cup
Baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Milk – 2 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon
Saffron – 1/4 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Maida for dusting
1. Lightly dry roast the soybean flour and keep aside to cool down.
2. Mix saffron with 2 tablespoon warm milk and keep aside.
3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
4. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.
5. In a bowl mix maida or refined flour, milk powder, dry roasted soybean flour, salt, baking powder and cardamom powder.
6. Cream butter and sugar powder well. Use room temperature butter.
7. Add all the dry ingredients and 1 tablespoon milk.
Combine everything and make a smooth dough.
8. Dust little flour and roll the dough. Don’t make too thin. Keep 1/4 inch thick sheet.
9. Cut the sheet with medium sized round cookie cutter.
10. Arrange the round biscuits on lined baking tray.
11. Spread saffron mixed milk over all the biscuits with the help of a brush or spoon.
12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 22 minutes or until the edges start to become brown.
Let the biscuits completely cool down before serving. Enjoy with your tea, coffee or a glass of milk.
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I would love to see your creations.