Good day to you all!
I hope your week’ s going pretty well. As an Indian I think every one of us has an experience of having tea(chai) from a roadside stall. Each of those stalls has few typical biscuits common to all of them. I love the taste as well as texture of those biscuits. It amazes that these biscuits are so cheap despite tasting so good.
So I decided to give making these biscuits at home a try. These biscuits are available at a cheap price of just ₹3. So the shortening or fat element in this cookie recipe has to be dalda as it is cheaper than butter. Let’s dive into the recipe and don’t forget your cup of tea/ coffee as you come along.
- Flour- 200 grams
- Icing sugar- 100 grams
- Dalda- 150 grams
- Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
- Make sure the dalda is at room temperature.
- Start mixing the dalda into a paste. This can be done in a bowl using a spatula or the surface using clean hands. This is called ‘creaming’.
- Add the icing sugar in small amounts and keep creaming till the entire icing sugar is used up and the mixture looks smooth and fluffy.
- Sieve the baking powder and flour together.
- Add it to the mixture. Slowly mix it using your fingertips. Do not knead. A dough will form as you finish mixing all of it.
- Now cover the dough with either a bowl or cling film and let it rest I’m the refrigerator.
- After resting, roll the dough out and by using a round cutter cut out thick circles.
- Place these circles on a baking tray and cool it in the refrigerator for some more time.
- Bake these at a temperature of 200 degree centigrade for 25-30 minutes.
- Bake them till golden and brown in color.
- Cool them and then enjoy❤
- The kneading develops gluten which results in chewy product. Therefore cookie dough should not be kneaded much to produce flaky products else the cookies would be chewy. That is the reason why the flour is mixed using fingertips.
- Dalda in English is hydrogenated vegetable oil and is the Indian trade name for vanaspati ghee.
- Refrigeration allows the dough to set making it easier to roll and cut.
- Placing cut cookies in the fridge ensures that the cookies hold their shape after baking.
- The recipe can be done without baking powder also. Give it a go and share how it goes.
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