Osmania Biscuit

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.
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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.

Recipe

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

Method

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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Oats Almond Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies

Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies. Eggless and gluten free cookies.
Taste of butter and cranberry and flavour of nutmeg and vanilla made these cookies utterly butterly delicious.

If you are my regular reader then you know that I love to try different flour in my bakes. Already made some cakes and cookies with oats. And recently shared Cornmeal carrot cake
and Blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free eggless cherry cupcake.
This time I have used cornmeal in these cookies with oats and almond. Definitely a healthy and yummy treat for kids. But if you want you can use any flour instead of oats and cornmeal.

You may like some more gluten free cookies on this blog.

1. Fennel oats pearl millet cookies

2. Rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies

3. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

4. Finger millet oats chocolate cookies

This week our 192 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is one spice ingredient suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook.
Do visit her space for some fabulous recipes.

Sasmita told us to use only one spice in a dish. But how could you make a dish with only one spice. And this theme reminds me of our humble aloo morich. Only dish which we make with one spice black pepper. But its a very common dish of Bengali household. And I wanted to bake something. So here is a delicious cookies with nutmeg. My home filled with pleasant smell while baking these cookies. Try out this and feel the aroma.

Recipe

Oats – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 3/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/3 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Unsalted butter – 3/4 cup, room temperature

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Dried cranberry – 1/3 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper.

3. Grind the oats and almond separately into fine power.

4. Chop the dried cranberries into small pieces.

5. Sieve the cornmeal, baking powder, soda and nutmeg powder. Mix ground almond and oats in it.

6. In a bowl cream butter and powered sugar. Whisk well. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

7. I have used 1 cup butter but then I had to keep the dough in refrigerator for a whole day. Because it was difficult to give shape. So use 3/4 cup butter or if you want to use 1 cup butter for more buttery taste then keep the dough in refrigerator for some extra time. Or don’t give shape, drop two tablespoon of dough in the baking tray 2 inch apart.

8. Add add cornmeal, baking powder, soda, nutmeg powder, cranberry, ground almond and oats.

9. Mix everything to combine. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 – 40 minutes.

10. Now make small balls and flatten gently with your palm.

11. Press with a fork and arrange on a greased or lined baking tray. Place the cookies 2 inch apart. Cookies will expand so don’t forget to keep space.

12. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or till the edges become golden brown. If you want more crispy cookies bake for few minutes more.

13. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Store in a airtight container for later use.

Note
1. You can use whole wheat, refined or any flour instead of cornmeal and oats.

2. Any dry fruits can be used instead of cranberry.

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Gluten Free Rose Flavoured Nankhatai Or Shortbread Cookies

Gluten free rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies.
Mouth melting delicious cookies with Pearl millet or Bajra flour, almond, pistachio and chickpea flour or besan and flavoured with cardamom and rose water.

Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

You may like some more nankhatai recipes here.
1. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

2. Nankhatai

And bajra or pearl millet cookies recipes

1. Cashew almond honey cookies

2. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

This week’s our 175 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas special. And my humble contribution is this easy to make, delicious, mouth melting and healthy nankhatai.

Nankhatai is all time favourite among kids and adults both. I have added little food colour to make it attractive for festive season. But its completely optional. You can skip it. Ground almond and pistachio will enhance the taste of your nankhatai. Serve it on Christmas eve or make it to gift your friends. You can use refined flour or maida instead of pearl millet if you want.

Recipe

Pearl millet or Bajra flour -1 cup

Gram flour/chickpea flour or besan – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 3/4 + 2 tablespoon, melted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon

Red food colour – a pinch, optional

Shredded pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease or line a baking tray.

3. Grind the almonds and pistachio.

4. In a bowl sieve pearl millet or bajra flour, besan or chickpea flour, baking powder and soda.

5. Cream ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar. Add rose water and whisk well.

6. Now add flour mixture, ground almond and pistachio and cardamom powder. Make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls and arrange on baking tray. Place the balls 1 inch apart.

8. Place one pistachio piece on every balls. Press gently with your finger. You can place almond or cashew instead of pistachio.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown and cracks appear on the cookies.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Cookies will soft when hot and become crisp after cooling.

Serve with tea, coffee, milk or store in airtight container for later use.

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Notes
1. You can use refined or whole wheat flour instead of pearl millet.
2. If you like crisp cookies use 3/4 cup ghee and 2 tablespoon milk in the dough. Ghee or clarified butter will make your cookies mouth melting.

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Eggless Pearl Millet Cashew Almond Honey Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies 


Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies.

This delicious, soft and chewy cookies are eggless and gluten free. I have used pearl millet or bajra atta to make these cookies.

A perfect treat for your kiddos. You can pack it in their lunch box.

I have already shared Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

Pearl Millet is one of the oldest cultivated crops since pre-historic times and ranks as the sixth most important grain in the world. It is known as Bajra in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, and Oriya; Kamboo in Tamil and Malyalam; Sajjalu in Telugu, and Bajri in Marathi and Gujarati. It is a cereal crop grown at a very large scale in India.

Pearl millet is gluten-free and is most commonly used as a substitute for people with gluten allergy. 

It contains most of the Vitamin-B and is rich in other minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, copper, zinc, and chromium. It is known to have the highest levels of potassium, calcium, and iron amongst other cereal crops.

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This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Millet.

My contribution is this super yummy and healthy pearl millet cashew almond cookies.

I have used less sugar and ghee or clarified butter in it. Honey, cardamom and cinnamon makes the cookies superbly delicious.

Recipe 


Pearl millet flour or bajra atta – 1 cup 

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon 

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup 

Almond – 1/4 cup 

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup 

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup 

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup 

Honey – 3 tablespoon 

Tutti frutti or choco chips – 1/4 heaped cup

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium foil. 

Grind almond and cashew nuts. Make a fine powder.

In a bowl mix pearl millet flour, ground cashew and almond, baking powder, soda, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder.

In a large bowl cream powdered sugar and ghee or clarified butter. You can also use unsalted butter if you like. Add honey and beat well. Add all the dry ingredients and tutti frutti. You can use chocolate chips instead of tutti frutti.

Don’t knead much. Just combine everything.

Take one tablespoon dough and make a smooth ball. Flatten with your palm. Press gently.

Arrange the cookies on the baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake in preheated oven at 180 ° for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges becomes brown. Every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 10 minutes. 

The cookies will be soft when hot so let them cool down completely. After cooling cookies will be crisp.

Enjoy the delicious gluten free cookies with your tea, coffee or milk.

Or keep in a airtight container for later use.

Happy baking 😊

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Cocoa Almond Cookies 


Eggless cocoa almond cookies.

A delicious, crispy and little chewy cookies. A perfect snack for your kiddos. Absolutely healthy. Kids will love it’s taste.

I have mixed three types of flour in it. Whole wheat flour, oats powder and refined flour. You can make with only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too if you like.

I have used homemade white butter in it.

Apart from being delicious, almonds are highly nutritious and very healthy.

Today, almonds nutrition benefits are praised around the world.  Almonds helps to prevent Heart Disease and Heart Attacks. Support Healthy Brain Function. Maintain Skin Health. Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Prevent Diabetes. Help With Weight Loss and Prevent Overeating. Increase Nutrient Absorption. Increase Digestive Health.

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Recipe 


Almond – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup

Refined flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – as required

Method 


Grind the almonds with skin. Grind into fine powder.

Grind the oats.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment pepper or aluminium foil.

In a bowl mix almond flour, oats powder, whole wheat flour, refined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl cream powdered sugar and room temperature butter. Beat well.

Add vanilla essence and mix.

Now add all the dry ingredients. Combine and make a smooth dough.

Make small balls. Gently flatten with your hand. Place an almond over every cookies. Press lightly.

Arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1-2 Inch apart.

Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes dark. Don’t forget to leave enough place between the cookies. Cookies will be double while baking.

Remove carefully. Cookies will be soft when hot but becomes crisp after cooling.

Let the cookies cool down completely.

Serve the crispy crunchy cocoa almond cookies with milk, tea or coffee. Or enjoy on your munching time.
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Oats Wholewheat Caraway Cookies / Eggless Savoury Cookies 

Eggless oats whole wheat caraway cookies.

One more oats cookies. But this time not sweet its savoury cookies. Crispy, delicious and healthy cookies for your sudden hunger pangs or munching time.

Perfect for kids to. You can make it as your kids choice. If they like Italian seasoning. Use Italian herb and chilli flakes instead of caraway.

If you don’t like caraway or ajwain use dry roasted cumin. Add chilli flakes or black pepper powder to make your cookies spicy.

You can add dried and crushed mint leaves, dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi or cilantro. Options are unlimited. Choice is yours.
This post is going to be a part of 96th #Foodiemonday bloghop #baking theme.

I have used homemade unsalted butter. If you want to use salted butter adjust the salt. Make and enjoy the crispy delicious savoury cookies with the flavour of your choice.

Recipe 


Whole Wheat flour – 1/2 cup + for dusting

Oats – 1/2 cup

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Caraway seeds – 1 teaspoon + to sprinkle

Powdered sugar – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Milk – 3 tablespoon or as require

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the oats. Make fine powder.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda, salt, caraway seeds, powdered sugar and butter. If you don’t want to use oats you can use 1 cup whole wheat flour or refined flour or maida only. Or use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup refined flour. Taste is better with refined flour or maida but I have used whole wheat flour and oats to make it healthy for kids and elderly people. And yes for health conscious people too.

Add sugar according to your taste. If you like more sweet add 2 tablespoon or add 1/2 teaspoon salt and, 1/4 cup sugar to make the cookies more sweet. I want to make these savoury so  I have added 1 tablespoon sugar only. You can add black pepper powder or chilli flakes too to make your cookies spicy.

If you don’t like caraway you can use dry roasted cumin. You can add dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi, dried mint leaves or cilantro.

Or add some Italian herb and chilli flakes. Choice is yours.

Mix everything. Add milk gradually to combine. Make a smooth dough.

Roll the dough on a flour dusted surface  with a rolling pin. Roll into a thin disc. Sprinkle little caraway seeds. Press lightly with rolling pin.

Cut with your favourite cookie cutter. I have used small sized cutter. You can use large size cutters if you like.

Arrange on the baking tray 1 inch apart. Cookies will not spread much.

Bake at 180° in preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges becomes brown.

If you want more crispy cookies bake for some more time to make light brown.

Let the cookies cool down.

Store in a airtight container.

serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Enjoy healthy munching.

Happy baking 😊

Oats Almond Honey Jaggery Cookies / No Butter No Sugar Cookies 

Eggless oats almond jaggery honey cookies / no butter no sugar cookies.

Want a guilt free snack for your sudden hunger pangs or sweet craving? Yes its totally guilt free and delicious. No butter no sugar. I have used organic jaggery or gur powder and honey.

Thanks to my neighbor Jagjeet Kaur for this organic jaggery powder. She brought it from farm for me.
With so many health benefits jaggery  helps to increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood and it is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism.

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So enjoy your munching time.

Its my second attempt to make this cookies. When made it first time, taste was too good but cookies becomes flat and soft. So made it again with some changes and very happy with the result.

Soft and flat but delicious

This post is going to be a part of 94th #Foodiemonday bloghop #Snacks theme. My contribution is this healthy and yummy oats, almond jaggery honey cookies.

These cookies have no butter or ghee/ clarified butter so perfect for weight watchers. And good for kids too because of oats, jaggery, honey and almond. You can give it in your kids tiffin too.
Organic jaggery and honey made these cookies super delicious. You can’t resist yourself to take another one.

Recipe 


Oats – 1 cup

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Jaggery or gur powder – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the almonds and Oats into fine powder.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients with almonds and oats powder.

Combine and mix everything well. Don’t kneed much.

Make small balls and lightly press with your palm.

Place on baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges becomes brown. If you want more crispy, bake for 2 – 3 minutes more. Don’t overbake.

Cookies will be soft when hot. So let it cool down completely.

Serve or store in airtight container for later use.
Enjoy healthy and yummy cookies with your tea coffee or milk.