Cuminy nibbles…

by Sunita on October 13, 2007

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Cumin has already been celebrated with pomp in my blog. In fact it was the spice that I chose to kick start my monthly event and so many of you came up with wonderful contributions to support a novice event hostess . But then it is also a spice that I , like so many of my dear fellow bloggers use regularly during our culinary concoctions. My spice rack is hardly bereft of cumin in both their whole and powdered forms. The seeds popping in the hot oil and exuding a heady aroma, the powder sprinkled lovingly over so many vegetarian and fish and meat dishes…are indeed a delight.

This time , in my kitchen, a handful of cumin have found their way into some liitle cookies. Freshly roasted and coarsely grounded, they were added to spice up these little , thin cookies. Well, they are actually quite thin and crispy…something that can be popped into the mouth at ease….and of course with that distinct cuminy flavour. They also have a very light feel to it.

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What’s needed-

2C plain flour
2 tblsp cumin seeds, lightly roasted and coarsely ground
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
5-6 tblsp oil
1/2 c of milk

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel.
  2. Line and grease a baking tray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, place the flour, baking soda, cumin, sugar and salt and mix well.
  4. Add the oil and rub it into the flour mixture.
  5. Add the milk and bring everything together till the dough does not stick to the hand. But do not over knead, or they will turn out really hard.
  6. Transfer the dough to the rolling board and roll out to about 2 mms thick.
  7. With a 2inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and arrange on the prepared baking tray. I made around 50 of them. Of course, it will not be possible to cut out so many at one go. Just bring together the scrapings after cutting out the first batch, roll out again and repeat the process till the entire dough has been used up.
  8. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or till the top browns lightly.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before storing them in air tight containers.
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Of course, you’re allowed to savour a few, fresh from the oven, before they make their way into the tin :-)

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{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook October 13, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Wow they looks like the salt cookies we used to get back in India. Forgot the name of the brand


2 TBC October 13, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Your pics are beautiful, Sunita.
I don’t know if I would like cumin in my cookies though.
Is that a new fall header?


3 sunita October 13, 2007 at 4:30 pm

happy cook, I love the salted cookies we find back home…hardly find them around here.These ones did remind me as well of them.


4 sunita October 13, 2007 at 4:32 pm

tbc, thanks…Maybe you should try one of these to break your inhibitions:)…a very mild flavour comes through.And yes, that is indeed a new header to embrace fall :)


5 Mishmash ! October 13, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Just a touch of cumin changes the identity of a regular cookie right!!!


6 Hima October 13, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Love the pictures. They are so tempting, want to pop one into my mouth right now.


7 musical October 13, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Great snack, Sunita! Can’t wait to try these! I am imagining their taste with chai :) .

Have a great weekend,


8 Saju October 13, 2007 at 5:28 pm

they look so good!


9 Sivani October 13, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Oh, I’m definitely going to have to try these!

Sometimes you just want a little spice in your snack :-)


10 sunita October 13, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Shn, it does indeed…enjoy your weekend.


11 sunita October 13, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Hima, thanks…wish could share some with you !


12 sunita October 13, 2007 at 6:52 pm

musical,they are really nice to snack on…you too have nice weekend.


13 sunita October 13, 2007 at 6:53 pm

saju, thanks…we did like them indeed…glad you dropped by.


14 sunita October 13, 2007 at 7:06 pm

sivani, welcome to my world…they were indeed cute spicy treats…do give them a try.


15 Sreelu October 13, 2007 at 7:55 pm

Sunitha, These look so good pictures make it even more appetizing. you girl are very good with baking.


16 Apple October 13, 2007 at 8:03 pm

They looks so perfect Sunitha…Just like the ones we get from the Stores in India..a baking expert you are…


17 Redchillies October 13, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Sunita they look so beautiful. So easy to make and that too with no eggs. Yayy!


18 Suganya October 14, 2007 at 1:19 am

My mind screams cheese platter looking at these nybbles :) It would be perfect with boursin or pepper jack.


19 ushaprashanth October 14, 2007 at 1:55 am

Hi Sunita!
Pic is beautiful!!!! cookies with cumins!!!!! that’s new to me! btw can we do this in microwave? can you tell me how to do in microwave?


20 RAKS KITCHEN October 14, 2007 at 3:06 am

Looks delicious…we used to deep fry a similar snack using plain flour…
Excelent photos..!


21 remya October 14, 2007 at 3:23 am

lovely eggless cookies…absolutely fab…i’d like to grab one :-) ))


22 Laavanya October 14, 2007 at 6:03 am

These look so flavourful and good and so easy to make too. Am bookmarking this.


23 bindiya October 14, 2007 at 6:19 am

these are my all time favorite, but never tried making them myself, thanks sunita for the recipe.


24 zlamushka October 14, 2007 at 7:35 am

Wow, i have never had these. I love how low fat they are (no butter or marg). Bookmarked, will try for sure.


25 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:06 am

sreelu, thanks…we did love them…hope you’re enjoying your weekend.


26 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:07 am

apple, thanks…btw, I’m no expert…there’s still a looooong way to go.


27 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

redchillies, they are indeed very easy to make and they come out looking golden and crispy.


28 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:11 am

suganya, you better listen to those screams…perfect combination :)


29 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:14 am

ushaprashanth,thanks…btw, I’m not too sure about the microwave…have never attempted cookies in it…I’m not too sure that they would come out as nice and crispy in the mw.


30 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:15 am

rak’s kitchen, thanks…I’d love to know your version as well.


31 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:16 am

remya, thanks…glad you like them…enjoy the rest of your weekend.


32 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:17 am

laavanya, thanks…they are indeed very easy to make…cute little things .


33 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:18 am

bindiya,glad to be of help…now go on and try them.


34 sunita October 14, 2007 at 11:20 am

zlamushka, thanks…they do have a very light feel to them…makes you feel less guilty while popping them into the mouth :)


35 Rajitha October 14, 2007 at 2:42 pm

ooo..yummy! i love cumin..cookies look so good..i think i would have none left to transfer to the tin ;


36 Susan October 14, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I’d go for these in a big way. I’ve had cumin ice cream, earthy and unusual.


37 sunita October 14, 2007 at 4:43 pm

rajitha, thanks…we did love them…well, most of mine did find their way to the tin, but that’s because I was the only one in the house when they came out of the oven.


38 sunita October 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm

susan, now cumin ice cream is veeeery unusual indeed :) …enjoy the rest of your weekend.


39 DaviMack October 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Thank you thank you! I’m enjoying a modified version of them right now!


40 sunita October 14, 2007 at 7:31 pm

davimack, I’m so glad you tried and liked them as well…we did too.


41 Padma October 14, 2007 at 11:36 pm

Wow cumin cookies must be tasting divine, I remember to snack on them as a kid and would love even now~ u r an incredible baker sunita


42 Vcuisine October 15, 2007 at 7:00 am

They are really too good sunita. Just tempting. Viji


43 sunita October 15, 2007 at 8:43 am

padma,thanks…I remember the ones back home too…these ones are really small, more like crackers.


44 Asha October 15, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Sunita, yummy cumin crackers. I will try for sure, thanks sweetie.
Tried to leace a comment on your FAHC post but can’t get in. I have donated!:)0


45 sunita October 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm

asha, it’s so generous of you to contribute to this cause :) …btw, I’ve absolutely no idea as to why you couldn’t place a comment on the FAHC post :(


46 KayKat October 15, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Wow! Cumin cookies? These look awesome. Such a great idea.


47 sunita October 15, 2007 at 2:46 pm

kaykat, welcome…glad you like the look of the cookies…


48 Kumudha October 15, 2007 at 4:32 pm

These cuminy nibbles look so adorable!

Thanks for the wonderful recipe.


49 sunita October 15, 2007 at 5:03 pm

kumudha, thanks and welcome to my world.


50 DEEPA October 15, 2007 at 5:11 pm

something new …….excellent one ….


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