July 29, 2013

Masala Khara Biscuits

I tried this recipe which I had learned from a cooking class which I had attended in Bangalore during my college days.
Masala Khara Biscuits


All purpose flour - 3 cups
Butter/margarine/any fat of your choice - 1 cup softened
Sugar - 6 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp
Green Chillies - 6 chopped fine or more per taste
Ginger - 1/2 inch grated
Cilantro - 1/4 cup chopped
Curry leaves chopped - 3 strings
Mint leaves chopped - 12 leaves
Onion - 1/2 chopped (small onion) sauteed in a tsp of olive oil
Yogurt - to mix as needed
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp

1.  Sieve flour with baking powder and salt
2.  Cut the fat in the flour with sugar
3.  Do not knead it.  It must be bread crumb consistency
4.  Mix the chopped chillies, cilantro, curry leaves, mint leaves, grated ginger,sauteed onions
5.  Add a little yogurt to make the dough
6.  Roll it to 1/8 inch thickness  and cut to desired shapes
7.  Place on a baking sheet a little apart
8.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or till done.

July 21, 2013


This version is my mom's recipe  made with rice flour, fresh coconut, red chillies, asafoetida and deep fried.


Rice Flour - 2 cups
Semolia fine variety - 1/4 cup
Oil - 4 tbsp for the dough
Fresh coconut grated -  1 cup
Red chillies - 6 or 7 as per taste
Asafoetida - a pinch
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry

1.  Sauté semolina in a tsp of oil till warm and set aside.
2.  Blend coconut with red chillies and asafoetida.
3.  Mix the rice flour, salt, semolina, blend coconut with red chillies,asafoetida with butter and 4tbsp of hot oil.
4.  Knead to form a firm dough.
5. Take out a small ball, roll and coil it around in the shape shown. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
6. Heat enough oil for deep frying.
7. Drop the rings into the oil with out overcrowding and fry them on low to medium heat till they turn golden brown both sides.
8. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on kitchen towel.

July 15, 2013

Caco Burfi (Carrot Coconut Burfi)

This recipe was posted by the Foodie group. Inspired by the recipe and pictures I tried this out.


Grated carrot - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Evaporated milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 and 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

1.  In a heavy pan mix grated carrot, grated coconut, sugar, and evaporated milk.
2.  Keep stirring for about 20 to 25 minutes on medium flame.
3.  When it forms a ball add the cardamom.
4.  Set it on greased plate and garnish with cashew nuts.