Kesar and Elaichi biscuits : The crunchy cardamom treat
Coupled with a cup of hot tea or coffee, Kesar and Elaichi biscuits are a delight for the taste palate. These are plain flour cookies enriched with the taste of wonderful spices and nuts. The exotic aroma and rich flavour of cardamom and saffron make these biscuits a teatime treat. These are easy to make and store. The classic recipe to make these cookies is:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cookies made: 20
- Plain flour – 115 grams
- Pistachios – 3
- Green Cardamom – 3
- Saffron – few strands
- Margarine (Ghee) – 50 grams
- Refined sugar (powdered) – 40 grams
- Nutmeg (powdered or grated) – 1/4 tsp
- Milk (if required during kneading) –1 tsp
- Almonds – 2
Soak the almonds in hot water for few minutes. Then peel the skin and chop the almonds finely. Also chop the pistachios finely. Grind and powder the nutmeg and cardamom together in a grinder. Heat the milk slightly. Add and dissolve the saffron strands in the warm milk and keep aside for later use. Now in a vessel add the margarine and powdered sugar. Beat well and cream the mixture. To this mix, add chopped almonds and pistachios, powdered nutmeg and cardamom and the saffron milk mixture. Stir and combine together all the ingredients properly. Finally add well sieved plain flour to the mixture and kneed into soft dough without adding water or any other liquid. Then with the help of little flour, roll out the dough properly. Sprinkle some more chopped nuts over the dough, and then gently roll this dough for the one last time. Then cut out small cookies of any desired shape from the roll and place them on a well grease baking tray. Ensure maintain proper spacing between two biscuits to allow sufficient space for their expansion. Place this tray in a pre heated oven and bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes at 350°F. Once baked properly, remove the biscuits from the tray and put them on wire racks and cool. Store these cooled biscuits in air tight containers and enjoy with hot tea.
Margarine can be substituted with butter. The temperature readings on the ovens differ with the different oven models. Thus one should be careful and keep a constant eye on the cookies while baking them to avoid overcooking or burning. Only if one feels that the biscuits have not got sufficiently baked in the above mentioned time then they should resort to further baking.