Saturday, July 17, 2010

Chili Cookies / Khara Biscuit

Here’s one variety of cookies that I prepare quite often and it always comes out good. I generally bake this along with some sweet biscuits, so that they make a good combination. FIL who has restrictions on sugar intake loves these cookies as he can have them guilt-free.

A hot cuppa chai and these hot cookies make a good evening snack on a weekend.

Here’s how to make them....
Khara Biscuit

Preparation time
: 10 min
Cooking time : 15 min
Makes : 15-20

Maida - 1 ½ cups (All purpose Flour)
Butter - ½ cup
Baking soda - ½ tsp (or Baking powder - ¾ tsp)
Salt - a small pinch
Green chilies - 4-5, vary depending on taste
Curry leaves - 4-5 sprigs
Ginger - 1” cube grated
Curd - 2 Tbsp
White sesame - 1 Tbsp, optional

• Preheat oven at 180ºC
• Grease a baking tray with a little butter and keep aside till the dough is ready
• Finely chop green chilies and curry leaves
• In a bowl mix flour, soda and salt well
• In another bowl, beat butter till fluffy
• Fold in the flour, add green chilies, curry leaves and grated ginger. Mix well.
• Add the curd little by little, ensuring the mixture is just bound well
• Make small balls of marble size, of the dough with the help of your palms and flatten it
• Optionally coat one side with white sesame
• Place these on the greased tray, coated side facing up, leaving enough space for expansion
• Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes. Check after about 10 minutes and adjust the time, not to over bake or under bake.
• Let it stand in the oven for 10-15 minutes before serving hot and melting cookies
• Allow it to cool completely and then store away the rest in a tight container

Tips n Tricks:
• Do not forget to preheat the oven

• Finely chopped and sautéed onions and chopped coriander can be added
Sending this entry to Champa’s Bake off event.


  1. cookies with chillies..never had this kind before..looks awesome and perfectly baked..yummm

  2. khara biscuits looks delicious n perfect ...mouthwatering click

  3. Really have come out perfect sums, love spicy biscuits too..

  4. whether it can be tried in cooker without water instead of oven?
    But nice to try!!

  5. Mine is a little different recipe. Looks good and you are making me think of making them myself. I still haven't received the visa so I don't know when I'll be coming. I'll keep you posted.

  6. ahhh..these baked goodies look simply awesome...first time here...following u...
    do visit my space as u get time..

  7. Hi Sumana, baked some biscuits yesterday. I must say,this is the best khara biscuit recipe ever. They are so light and literally melt in my mouth... Thank you so much...


    1. Thank you so very much for trying and letting me know! BTW, do we know each other? Rohini from Kyo?

  8. Am afraid not! Am from Bangalore though... But have become a fan of yours, so are my neighbors! ( shared some of my biscuits wid'em... N it was a huge hit..) thanks again... :)



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