Khara/Spicy/Masala Biscuits

Today is the second day of blogging marathon#11 under the theme egg less baking and the recipe is Khara biscuit.
Khara biscuits are mildly spicy with the flavor of caram seeds(omam/ajwain) and it is easy to make with lesser number of ingredients.These are simply excellent cookies for tea time and a crunchy snack,while baking the house will be filled with the nice aroma of omam.Here follows the recipe for flavorful cookies.......


All purpose flour11/4cups
Butter/Vegetable shortening1/2cup
Ginger paste1/2tsp
Green chilly paste1/2tsp
Carom seeds(omam)1tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)1tbs
Salta pinch
Baking powder1/2tsp


                     Mix the flour,salt and baking powder together and preheat the oven at 350 F.
In a bowl beat the butter in a hand blender till frothy and creamy,now add the flour mixture,ginger and green chilly paste and mix it well.
Now it will be crumbly,add the yogurt and mix it well to a soft dough.Divide the dough into two equal parts.
Roll out each part into circle of 1/4 inch thickness.Cut it into desired shape with a cookie cutter or knife.Arrange the cookies on a lined baking tray and gently prick it with a fork,bake it in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden color.
Serve it as a snack along with a cup of tea.


  • Finely chopped curry leaves can also be added for extra flavor.
  • Carom seeds can be substituted with cumin seeds(jeeragam).
  • Instead of green chillies,red chilly powder can be used which gives a nice color to the cookie.

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sounds super spicy n tasty...excellent combo with hot chai..
Tasty Appetite

looks very nice and pretty simple recipe

looks just delicious !perfectly done...merry christmas to u n ur family :-)

looks so pretty, reminded me of iyengar bakery!

loved the perfect squares. I am planning to make these too:-)

Crispy and perfect looking biscuits

Perfectly baked khara biscuits.. They look yumm.

Beautiful looking masala biscuits,would love to munch some rite now.

when is omam added ? nothing is mentioned about it?

Thank u so much for this biscuit recipe Nalini.. n a wonderful blog to follow.. tried it and came out as good as the bakery item.. the house was filled with the pleasent aroma of the spices..

Hi Nalini, your buns recipe is my all time favorite recipe..... Wouldn't adding curd make these cookies soften later. Can curd be replaced with something else or we can avoid it completely.

Can I replace all purpose flour with wheat flour?

Can I replace all purpose flour with wheat flour?

Yes you can but there will be a taste difference.

Yum! i love spicy masala cookies! These sound so good!

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