A little cold Saturday evening with friends is always too much fun. Last week an old common friend, from Gurgaon, visited us. Too many gossips and loads of fun. Cold evenings needs the company of hot tea. I quickly prepared tea and served some Homemade Atta Biscuits with tea. Amit just cannot drink tea alone, he needs some cookies or biscuits with it.
Homemade Atta Biscuits
We all started remembering old times and the discussion gradually moved on to my food blog. He wasn’t able to understand why I blog only about baking and not the other forms of cooking. I knew that a short answer will not work. Purposely offered the Homemade Atta Biscuits and asked our friend to give feedback on taste. I told him that these are bought from one of the most famous shops from Pune that is known for these Atta Biscuits.
I was now waiting for his feedback. Before he uttered a word, his face said all. He was like wow, these biscuits are awesome. “I bet, we don’t get such biscuits in Gurgaon”, he said. “Please can you get me some packs, I would want to carry them with me.”
And Amit and I started laughing at him. He, in a confused state, asked: “What happened?”
“This is my answer to your question of Why Baking?” and I explained him further.
Why a Blog on Baking?
I never wanted to be a fish in a crowded pond. There is no personal space and identity. I was never inclined to post recipes for anything and everything that I make for lunch, dinner and even the fresh lime soda.
My vision was clear from day one. I wanted to encourage people for baking at home. I wanted to encourage people to bake healthy mostly with whole wheat and eggless. And that’s what I am on too. Trying to help homemakers become home bakers. My workshops are an extension of my passion.
The biscuits you just ate are not market bought, they are homemade atta biscuits. The biscuits are made with pure desi ghee and jaggery. There is no white sugar, there no maida, no chemical and no preservative. And hence baking!
My friend heard all of this and was in utter shock. What? No sugar? No Maida? Atta Biscuits? He was completely zapped. Bhabhi, I am great fan of your Whole Wheat Brownies and Fudgy Walnut Brownie, but I never knew that homemade atta biscuits could taste so amazing.
Yes, this is what home baking can do.
“But are there folks who understand the benefits of home baking”, he asked. “All the famous chefs that I know are not into Baking? How will you get the audience to your blog?”
A feeling of satisfaction
His questions were logical and genuine. I know it is a difficult journey but I am enjoying it. I will continue to spread awareness on healthy baking and I am sure gradually people will understand. There is already a lot of noise in the space of healthy eating.
He had a joyful smile on his face and glittering eyes. “I now know how and why you will stand out in this space” he commented. “It’s your passion towards baking that will help you create your own space. Good Luck” and he left our home with so much of encouragement in me.
Ingredients for Atta Biscuits
|Whole wheat flour||135 gm|
|Jaggery powder||75 gm|
|Baking powder||½ tsp|
I have used 24 Organic Mantra Whole Wheat Flour and 24 Organic Mantra Jaggery Powder. I have given the link in the ingredient box, just in case if you like to buy them directly from Amazon.
The ingredients are great and. Along with making the recipe healthy, the ingredients were flavorful too. My family loved the earthen flavor in the cookies. Before using it, I sifted the flour as well as jaggery powder separately.
In a bowl take flour, jaggery powder, salt, and baking powder and mix all the dry ingredients.
Add ghee to the dry ingredients. Make sure the ghee you are using is at room temperature but not melted one. Now using your fingertips mix ghee with dry ingredients. It will look like breadcrumbs.
Add approximately 2 tablespoons of milk and bind the dough. Every flour has different absorption capacity. If you feel your dough is dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk extra.
Do not knead it more else it will form gluten and result will be chewy cookies.
Meanwhile, keep the oven for preheating at 160 °C.
Take a butter paper and transfer the dough to it. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into an even sheet of a ½ inch thickness.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any cookie cutter. Use any bottle cap to cut same shape and even size cookies.
Arrange all the cookies on a greased baking tray leaving some space in-between. Bake these cookies in a preheated oven at 160 °C for 15-18 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
Once baked, take the tray out from the oven and transfer all the baked cookies to a wired rack.
Your Atta biscuits with all the goodness of jaggery and ghee are ready to serve.
PS: You can bake these cookies in Microwave convection at 150 °C for 15 minutes. Like all other recipes for cookies, these cookies can also be baked on a gas stove. To bake these cookies on the gas stove all you need a heavy bottom pan with lid (Pressure cooker or idly maker), salt and a metal stand. Place the pan on a gas stove and put salt in it. Spread it evenly. Now place a metallic stand on salt. Close the lid and start heating it on medium flame. After 10 minutes of heating, place the baking tray with cookies on the metallic stand and close the lid again. Continue to bake the cookies on a medium flame for about 18-20 minutes.
|Total Servings||24 Cookies|
|Calories per Serving||60.77|
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