Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cardamom flavoured Coconut Cookies

"Cardamom flavored Coconut Cookies" are the baked version of the traditional homemade cookies "Thekua", originating from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh....the Northern states of India. 


Thekua is a deep fried cookie and quite an essential during festivals. Its made with freshly grated coconut, maida (all purpose flour), sugar, cardamom and loads of ghee. Ghee is used to kneed the dough as well as for deep frying.


These traditional deep fried cookies are a delight for those with a sweet tooth but these days we all are so health conscious that we avoid eating deep fried food. But being health conscious doesn't mean that we give upon our traditional food. So this Diwali I made these cookies trying to incorporate most of the ingredients which are used traditionally, but have avoided deep frying to make it more healthy.

Ingredients

Coconut, dry desiccated - 1 cup
Refined flour - 1/2 cups
Butter, unsalted - 6 tablespoon (approx. - 90 gms)
Green cardamom - 2 pods
Black cardamom, seeds - 2
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1/4th teaspoon

Method

Preheat oven at 340 degree Fahrenheit or 170 degree Celsius.

Dry roast the desiccated coconut at very low heat for 2-3 minutes, ensure that it does not turn brown, transfer to a plate and let it cool.



Add the sugar and cardamoms in a grinder and make a fine powder.



Mix the refined flour and baking powder and sieve. In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients along with the butter and mix with your hand until it mixed well and forms a crumbly texture. The butter and sugar in the dough will make it quite sticky to form the cookies.



Divide the dough into 18-20 equal parts. I have used a cookie cutter to shape my cookies however you could roll each portion between your palms to form a ball. Place them on the baking dish approximately one inch apart.



Bake in the pre heated oven for 18- 20 minutes. Keep a close check while the cookies are baking so that they don't turn golden brown.


Transfer onto a wire rack and let them cool. Once cooled store them in air tight containers and enjoy.




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