Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Eggless Indian cookies



Today, I am sharing with you all a delicious , eggless cookies flavored with aromatic spices and nuts. Its a perfect tea time snack for a cold wintry day:) I have used EVEREST MILK MASALA in this recipe  as it has both the nuts as well as the spices.






My husband had a diwali event  in his workplace and it would be nice to take some sweet treat from home. Initially , I thought of making Nankhatai but then decided to go with the cookies . The cookies were a huge hit and got over in no time. The aroma of the spices and the crunch of the nuts gives a great flavor to the cookies.



I have used EVEREST MILK MASALA (readily available in Indian stores) but you don't get hands on this product, you can very well substitute it with some cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and some chopped nuts.






INGREDIENTS:
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • All purpose flour / Maida : 200 gm
  • Ghee  (semisolid state) / Unsalted butter (room temperature) : 100 gm
  • Powdered sugar : 100 gm
  • Vanilla extract : 2 tsp
  • Everest Milk masala : 1 tsp +more for garnish (See notes)
  • Salt : 1 pinch
  • Baking soda : 1/4 tsp
  • Milk : 1.5 tbsp
PROCEDURE:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix all purpose flour, everest milk masala ,salt and baking soda.
  • In another bowl, beat together powdered sugar and ghee (or butter) until nice and creamy.
  • Add the flour in batches until well incorporated. Use a little milk (about 1.5 tbsp ) to bring the mixture to a dough form.
  • Take  a portion of the dough and smooth it as a ball and then flatten it and place it on a baking tray. Make all the balls in the same way and place them on the tray.
  • Press some Everest Milk Masala on the top of the pressed balls.
  • Bake for 15 minutes . 
  • Once done, place the tray on a cooling rack for sometime.( The cookies will be soft initially but harden once cooled)
  • After about 30 minutes, place the cookies directly on the cooling rack.
  • Serve this flavorful , aromatic cookies with tea or coffee.
Note: If  EVEREST MILK MASALA is not available, use 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg powder and  finely chopped nuts like cashew , almonds or pistachios.


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