12 May, 2010

This time around ..... it's Savoury Cookies !!!

What image does your mind conjure up when someone says "cookies" ??

Sweet, decadent, sinfully rich, chocolatey, oozing butter, smelling of vanilla, big fat chocolate chips peeking, a handful of nuts adding to the crunch as you sink your teeth into that stack of indulgence ....... mindlessly wiping away all doubts, uncertainties and guilt (probably !!).

As the chocolatey gooeyness of the cookie transports you into a world of sheer bliss, time simply spirals, you float somewhere between heaven (some say seventh heaven) and earth ...... the wicked cookie exerts its influence and completely dissolves any semblance of willpower, self-control or self-discipline that one might have ...... and your hand ..... as though it has a life of its own ...... reaches out for yet another scandalously luxuriant cookie ....

OK - so I've heard this from a lot of cookie lovers.  And no, I am not one myself.  I've never been interested in cookies ...... eating cookies, that is.  I love baking cookies .... and like I said in my previous post ..... the "eating cookies" bit is entrusted to the nutty siblings.

Today morning, I had a bit of free time on my hands - with all three kids out of the house.  

Three kids !!!!!!!!!! 

Where did the third one come from ???? 

The nutty siblings and grandma put together comprise the three kids in the household !!!

While the nutty sibs can gorge themselves on the sweet laden cookies, the third child a.k.a grandma cannot indulge herself.  As Pecan says ... "Tathi ... you cannot eat these cookies cos they have sugar in them and you are diabeteeee".  He can never ever say the "ic" in the word "diabetic" and hence the "diabeteee".

I was thinking of baking something for the third kid and voila !!  inspiration struck ..... "Why not try a batch of savoury cookies ?" I thought to myself.

The fridge was once again witness to a pair of eyes peeking in and a flurry of hands plucking stuff out of the fridge.

This time around - the ingredients were - All Purpose Flour, Salt, Curry Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Herbs (Oregano and Basil), White Sesame Seeds, Canola Oil, Water.

There was no base recipe to follow ..... whatever there was - it was inside my head.

So here we go ...... a plateful of home made savoury cookies ....... there are plain, rectangle ones in the centre of the plate.  Some of the round cookies are topped with nigella seeds (kalonji) and some of the round cookies are topped with some more basil.



The camera is playing hooky, yet again - pardon the poor quality of the picture !!

The cookies were very tasty actually ..... texture was a dense sort of crispiness.  If the cookies are to be "melt in the mouth" crisp ..... substitute the canola oil with butter. 

Recipe
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All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Salt - According to taste
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry powder - 1/4 tsp
Oregano - 1/2 tsp
Basil - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
White Sesame Seeds - 2 tsps
Canola Oil - 5 tbsps
Water - to bind the dough

1. Toast the white sesame seeds until they turn a light pale brown.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Add the canola oil (or butter) and mix the ingredients up until the mixture resembles dry bread crumbs.

3.  Add small quantities of water till you are able to bind the dough - the consistency is slightly harder than roti dough.  Due to the oil used, the dough will not be sticky.

4. Roll out large portions of the dough and use a cookie cutter or any other mould - depending on the shape you want to give the cookies.

5. Grease the baking sheet with a few drops of oil and pop the cookies into the oven to bake.

6. These cookies were baked at 180 degrees celsius for about 12 minutes.

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