Coming back with some spiced and herbed cookies

by Sunita on April 22, 2009

Yes, it’s nice to come back to this space and my word, it does seem like after an eternity. The hubby is back, and the kids are back at school too after two weeks of holidays. Although I was unwell for most parts of those two weeks, I guess I was not missed much by the kids…they and their dad had a lot of catching up to do. It all started with a very sore throat and fever, which upon consultation turned out to be a case of acute pharyngitis. Running parallel to this, there was also a skin infection which made made my already bloated face look like something out of a horror movie! But all that is behind me now and for the last three to four days, I’m  back to my earlier self, even getting back to early morning runs and cycling.

Of course, although I haven’t eaten much, the cooking has been going on in full swing. But, I just didn’t have the energy to take a picture and write down the recipe. There have been many a time, during this period, when I sat at the dining table,  and thought what a wonderful post a particular dish would make. But, that just did not happen… I’ll try to make it up for it…especially for you wonderful people out there who have been dropping by and wishing me a quick recovery-thank you ever so much. Nice to know someone is thinking of you when you’re down :-)

The weather has also been very cheery, and we’ve been enjoying unbroken sunshine for quite a few days now…spring is truly here :-)

It felt nice to get back to the oven yesterday, nothing complicated, just a few spiced and herbed cookies, which we lapped up in the evening.

They are very easy to make and great to snack on…the speed at which we emptied the container is proof :-)

What’s needed-

6 tblap of low fat natural yogurt
2 tblsp pf chunky peanut butter
4 tblsp of sunflower or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp dried oregano
a pinch of salt+pinch of sugar ( skip this if the peanut butter already has them)
1/3 C rye flour
1/3 C wholewheat flour (atta)
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

How to-

  1. Except the flours and soda, beat together the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Mix together the flours and soda and fold into the wet mixture. Do not over mix.
  3. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
  4. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C and line  baking tray with foil.
  5. Make 25-26 small, equal sized balls of the mixture and slightly flatten them. Arrange them in rows, slightly apart from each other.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 16-18 minutes; they should be firm to the touch.
  7. Cool the cookies in the pan for a few seconds and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

Lightly spiced with the nuts adding a nice bite, we absolutely loved them.

The speed at which they disappeared is proof of this :-)

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa April 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Wow, what a delightful savory cookie. Glad to read you are feeling better. Take care!


2 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Lisa :-)


3 Asha April 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Glad to see you back, to hear about you feeling well. Do you know how many bloggers were sick with last week? Seems that Sinusitis and Laryngitis is prevalent now. I have been popping allergy pill too but fortunately no cold or flu here now.

Savory cookies look so delicious, I would rather have these that sweet ones. Rye cookies sounds great! :)


4 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Thank you so much dear Asha…it does feel great to be back indeed :-)


5 snooky doodle April 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm

this look really good. Really interesting recipe. Glad you feel well now and wilcome back :)


6 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Thanks :-)


7 Madhu April 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I love savory biscuits, looks lipsmackingly delicious. I bet you didn’t had very many left for storing :) .


8 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thanks…and yes, they were gone in record time :-)


9 ramya April 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Welcome back Sunita… So sad to hear that you were not keeping well, So how are you now??? Whats up with the skin infection??? Hope things are coming around well there… Wow the cookie looks amazing and each and every cookie has perfectly the same shape… Lovely pics of the blooms too…


10 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Thanks Ramya…the infection is better now too :-)


11 Kay April 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Awesome! No sweetener cookies – something that I can actually eat guilt free. I will try it soon, sunita! Thanks!


12 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

You’re welcome Kay…do give it a try :-)


13 Rosa April 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

What gorgeous and original cookies! Very flavorful! I love your blossom pictures. So beautiful!




14 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


15 indosungod April 23, 2009 at 12:53 am

Sunita, glad to see you back and good to hear you are a lot better.
As for those spiced up cookies, they look just perfect.


16 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Thanks ISG …glad to be back :-)


17 A&N April 23, 2009 at 1:12 am

This is PERFECT. Glad to have you back. And you are HARDLY bloated!


18 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Thanks…if you had seen me at the time, you would have changed your opinion :-)


19 ttfn300 April 23, 2009 at 2:22 am

those sound divine!!


20 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Thank you :-)


21 bee April 23, 2009 at 4:09 am

welcome back!!!


22 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Glad to be back, dear Bee :-)


23 Srimathi April 23, 2009 at 4:37 am

Hi Sunita,

Welcome back. Good to hear that all is well with you and your family. The cookies look awesome and I believe you when you said it got emptied. Your flower photos made me feel so happy. Thank you.


24 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

You’re most welcome, dear Srimathi :-)


25 prathibha April 23, 2009 at 5:12 am

The cookies are just perfect…..Lovely pics..


26 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Thanks Pratibha :-)


27 lissie April 23, 2009 at 5:57 am

Glad to hear that you are in good health now!
I like savory cookies than the sweet ones and this one sounds great!


28 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I’m glad too ;-) ..thanks Lissie :-)


29 Parita April 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

Savoury cookies look yummm, lovely pictures as always, get well soon :)


30 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Parita…I’m better now :-)


31 sra April 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

Lovely flowers! What are they?

I’ve been having niggling ENT problems for the last two months, but nothing wrong, says the specialist. Touch wood! Glad you’re feeling better now.


32 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Sra…they are blossoms.
“Blossom is a term given to the flowers of stone fruit trees (Genus Prunus) and of some other plants with a similar appearance that flower profusely but for a short period of time in the spring. Blossoms are either pink or white depending on the species or variety. Nectarine blossoms, peach blossoms, most cherry blossoms, and some almond blossoms are usually pink. Plum blossoms, apple blossoms, some cherry blossoms, and most almond blossoms are white.

Blossom is to pollen to bees and initiate cross-pollination necessary for the trees to reproduce by producing fruit.

Blossom trees have a tendency to lose their flower petals in wind blown cascades often covering the surrounding ground in petals. This attribute tends to distinguish blossom trees from other flowering trees.” (wiki)

Glad it’s nothing serious on the health front for you :-)


33 Happy Cook April 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

Good to hear you are feeling better.
Love the cookie, lokks yumm.


34 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thanks HC :-)


35 Lubna Karim April 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

Nice to see you back…….. How r u feeling now? Cookies look superb!


36 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thanks Lubna…i’m fine now :-)


37 sandeepa April 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Good to see you back dear sunita. I thought you were just busy, didn’t realize that fever turned out so bad
The herbed cookie looks really warm and inviting


38 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Sandeepa, it was indeed a bit depressing, as I fell ill the very next day after Dinesh arrived :-( …but I’m muchbetter now :-)


39 Madhumathi April 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Welcome back!
Happy to know that you are feeling better now..
Was missing your wonderful pictures and interesting recipes..
Love the flower picture..what flower is that??
Spiced herb cookie is a different one..Looks very tempting :)


40 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thanks Madhu…those are blossoms…look at my reply to Sra’s comment to know more :-)


41 Alka April 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

welcome back sunita! glad your feeling better! cookies look amazing!


42 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Alka :-)


43 Nicisme April 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Lovely to see you back and with such gorgeous photos.
Hope you are back to full health quickly!


44 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Thanks dear Nic…I’m fine now :-)


45 Shreya April 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Welcome back! and glad to hear you are better now. I am still recovering from a throat and ear infection and can imagine the pain you must have gone through. Take care. These cookies are splendid and looks so delicious, no wonder they disappeared soon:-)


46 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Thanks you, dear Shreya…take care…hope you get better soon :-)


47 Nirmala April 24, 2009 at 5:35 am

Oh Sunita you are back ! am so happy. Hop u’re in good health and cheer ever after! The cookies looks handy and a nice finger food for the kids. The savory note is really interesting. And the psring flower shot is a proof for your mood :)


48 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

thanks dear Nirmala..yes the kids did adore the cookies :-)


49 Meeta April 24, 2009 at 9:57 am

loved savory cookies and these are a great treat! hope you are feeling better that cute face of yours could never look like anything out of a horror movie!


50 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I’m fine now, dear Meeta…and yes, you should have seen my face at the time bloated beyond recognition!


51 RedChillies April 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm

So glad you are doing well Sunita. That must have been a nasty experience with fever, cold etc. I like the way you use so many unusal ingredients(at least for me) in your recipe. I then look for it on the Web and learn new things. The cookie looks amazing.


52 Sunita April 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Thanks RC…glad to be able to introduce new things to you…I learn all the time too…after all, learning never ends, does it :-)


53 Mamatha May 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Gosh Sunita, my to-try list of recipes from your blog just keeps getting longer and longer. Savory AND guilt-free cookie, what’s not to like!


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