Monday, March 12, 2012

Khara Biscuits | Masala Biscuits | Indian Spice Crackers

Khara Biscuits are a typically Indian bakery biscuit. Khara means salty or savoury, and this biscuit could be spicy too depending on where in India you buy it. Like the Nan Khatai, Khara Biscuits are a wonderful accompaniment to hot sweet tea and are often served at tea time in small local bakeries hot out of the oven. These biscuits can be of two types. One is crunchy on the outside and flaky within and is usually made with a puff pastry kind of dough. The other is made with a biscuit or cookie dough and is crumbly and soft. Both are equally delicious!! I made a batch of these for Holi this year with some mint and cilantro. They turned out just yummy.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Salt to taste
1 tsp green chili paste
1/2 tsp cumin
1/3 cup buttermilk + 2 tbsp (as needed)
1/2 tsp powered cilantro
1/2 tsp powdered mint
8 tbsp butter/ margarine (or half of each)

  1. Sift together all the dry ingredients.
  2. Whisk the green chili paste into the buttermilk.
  3. Chop the butter into small cubes, then rub them into the flour until it is well blended and the flour butter mix begins to resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the buttermilk to achieve a soft dough. Knead well. Rest for 30 minutes. Knead the dough very lightly once again.
  5. Pre heat the oven to 350F. Pinch out a portion of the dough. Roll it out to a quarter inch thickness. 
  6. Cut into circles or squares. Place on a well prepared cookies sheet. 
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool completely. 
  8. These biscuits can be kept for up to a month in a cool dry place.
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  1. Lovely platter of crackers. Inviting.

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  2. Inviting crackers..Bookmarked them:)

  3. will try this sometime,platter looks so inviting,,,

  4. One of my all-time childhood favorites….made me nostalgic. Very neat. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks great. I was looking for a recipe like this. good you posted it. wondering why you used vital wheat gluten?

    1. Vital Wheat Gluten adds protein to the dough and also helps increase its volume. I find it it also improves the texture of the baked goodie and helps retain its fresh taste longer!! It is not essential to the recipe and you can skip it if you prefer.

  6. Oh they look so delicious Apu. Reminds me of Iyengar bakery back home! I would love this with some chai :)

  7. Wow, masala biscuits! Never seen them before, they sound yum!!!


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  9. Wow - I've had these long long ago in India - they look beautiful!

  10. Masala biscuits looks so yummy.

  11. Hi,,, its my 1st time on your space! And I'm sooo in ♥! You've got one of the best blogs ever! The pictures are beautiful!


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