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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Easy Lime Cookies


Easy lime cookies are my "Cooking from Cookbooks" themed, Day 2 post of BM #7. Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking.

These yummy and crispy cookies come from Anjum's New Indian. Honestly until I saw this book in my local library, I didn't know who Anjum Anand was. A few months back, I picked this book randomly for the beautiful images inside and the gorgeous lady on the cover. J I was really surprised to see some regular, easy fare also being featured along with a wide array of mouthwatering dishes in this cookbook. I had copied a couple of recipes that had really caught my attention to try later and these easy and addictive lime cookies are one among those.
These cookies are perfect teatime snack and are known as sweet rotis. They are traditionally cooked in a frying pan on the stove top, owing to the absence of ovens in Indian kitchens. She has provided both oven and stovetop versions. I tried the oven version and shaped the cookies thicker. Vanilla essence can easily replace the lime / lemon zest in the recipe or some colored icing or sugar can be used to decorate. These short and crumbly biscuits become crisp as they cool.


Ingredients: (For 8 cookies)
1/2 cup unbleached, all purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar (or powdered sugar)
3 - 4 Tbsp melted butter / ghee
1 tsp lime/lemon zest
8 pistachios, skinned and sliced (optional)

Oven Method:
* Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
* Mix together flour, sugar, ghee / butter and the zest and work the dough until it comes together. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Flatten each ball into discs as thin as possible, in your palms. Or roll the dough and shape using cookie cutters. Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.
* Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until coloring on the edges. Remove and cool.

Stovetop Method:
I did not try this method but mentioning it for those interested. Place the flattened dough discs in a cold, nonstick frying pan and sprinkle sliced nuts / dried coconut flakes / lime sugar* if using. Cook over low heat until the base is golden, about 7 -8 minutes. Carefully flip the cookies and cook for about 4 minutes, over very low heat so that the tops do not color.
In stove top method, cookies can be done in batches. Try fitting as many discs as your pan holds.
* See notes


Note:
1. The original recipe uses 2 Tbsp of butter and I couldn't shape the cookies using that quantity. Next time I will try with 2 tbsp of butter plus some milk for shaping.
2. I skipped the following two steps from the original recipe while I prepared this batch of cookies.
a). Sprinkling lime sugar on top. * 1 tsp superfine sugar + 3/4 tsp lime zest is pounded and sprinkled before baking.
b). Also unsweetened dried coconut flakes can be sprinkled on top.
3. The original recipe mentions to bake for 10 minutes and my cookies were still soft by that time. I had to bake five minutes longer. Once cool, these cookies turn crisp. 

These go to "Only Baked" event at Tamalapaku, an event originally started by Pari.

Comments

26 comments:

harini-jaya said...

Very nice! the pictures do full justice to the cookies. I guess barring the addition of lime zest these are the nan khatai or venna biscuit, right?
Only recently, I have come to know how the zest can elevate the taste of a baked goody!

DD said...

Yummy! flavorful and tasty!

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Shanavi said...

Looks great and sounds easy as well. I'll try this.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super aromatic cookies..

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Looks very easy and tasty cookies.Will try soon!!!

Usha said...

I too made these cookies and loved them

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

perfectly made cookies !! looks so cute and well presented !!

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purabi naha said...

Wow, these cookies look delicious and baked perfectly! Yum, yum, yum!

Aarthi said...

yummy one

Archana Vivek said...

looks delicious

Mom Chef said...

lovely ones Suma :-)

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Sharmilee! :) said...

Cookies with lime is such a nice idea...looks yummy n perfect

SinFoodie said...

Looks so delicious. Each photograph is absolutely beautiful.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

They r so perfectly baked.. love them..

Kurryleaves said...

That looks yummyy...sounds easy too..will try the stove top method

Prathima Rao said...

Easy, perfectly baked, tempting cookies!!!
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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow thats a perfect bake,i loved the colour of the cookies...Really a wonderful job.

Prathibha said...

Those cookies look sinful n yumm

aipi said...

Lovely flavors in the cookies ~ absolutely crispy n gorgeous with pistachios. Pictures are amazing.
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Cool Lassi(e) said...

The Lime cookies look awesome! I am digging your pictures! I have Anjum's book and I love her recipes!

Pavani said...

These sound so easy to make. I'm going to try and make them soon. Perfect clicks Suma.

sabina said...

crunch cookies...wud love to try coz the measurements are apt for a small trial batch...

PJ said...

Looking at the name, I expected to see a tough recipe but it is so easy to prepare. Bookmarked. Awesome clicks :)

Cooking Foodie said...

These are so easy and they look so good...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, they look delicious dear :)

Rujuta said...

The cookies look yummy and delicious..
will def try them..
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