Kaju Katali.

Hi everybody!

Greetings from ‘A pinch of lyfe’!!

In this blog mostly I have been sharing some tried and tested baking recipes with simple handy ingredients. Since last week, I was thinking to share some Indian traditional recipes too with all of you. Obviously, I would love to start with some of my tried and celebrated no fail recipes which I regularly make with utmost satisfaction. Kaju katali is one of those recipes which never fails me. Rich and festive yet very easy to make with quite a few easily available ingredients from your pantry.

Sharing here very easy method of making Kaju Katali. Do try it. I will be eagerly waiting for your feedback.

Category – Dessert.
Preparation time – 10 minutes.
Cooking time – 10 to 12 minutes.

Ingredients :

  • Kaju ( cashew nuts) – 1cup.
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup.
  • Cardamom powder – pinch of.
  • saffron strands – 5/7. (Optional).
    -Silver paper to decorate (optional).

Directions :

  • Take 1 cup of cashew nuts, grind them and make fine powder. The tip is not to grind continuosly for more than 1 minutes. Keep checking while grinding your cashews. They must not grind to the extent when they start leaving oil. After grinding it to powder, sieve it to get even texture.
  • In a thick bottom or nonstick pan, add 1/2 sugar, 1/4 cup water and boil it till it gets one string consistency.
  • Now add cashew powder, pinch of cardamom powder and saffron strands. Mix it well.
  • keep stirring till it gets thick – a dough like consistency.
  • Grease a butter paper with ghee and place your cashew dough on it.
  • Cover it with one more greased butter paper keeping the greased side inside and roll it till it gets your desired thickness.
  • Put off the butter paper and cut your kaju katli in diamond shaped pieces.
  • Decorate with silver paper. The rich festive delicacy is ready to serve.

Milk Rusk

Dear all!

Greetings from ‘A Pinch of lyfe’!!

After many days, sharing here a recipe post! I reay love baking. Baking is a therapy for me. But then so is music! Or cooking! Or movies! Or reading something nice! Or a long chat with a friend! Or driving far away without planning where to go! Or sometimes doing nothing and sitting calmly on terrace for hours gazing at sky..
What to choose and what to leave?! World around is full of beautiful things. Options are many and hours in hands are too short. That’s why – a pinch of this and a pinch of that..😊

Well, tell me how do you like take your tea coffee?! Well, I prefer both, my tea and cooffe pretty hottt and strong. And what else in the world you need if you have something to dip in your coffee. Be it rusks or cookies, if coffee – soaked, then it’s heaven to me all least. Not just in breakfast, but it actually compensates sometimes my dinner too during odd working hours.

For me, cookies are favourite most and easiest thing to bake. But when I tried my hands on rusks, I found it equally easy!! If you bake breads and cakes, you can definitely bake rusks too! Just go through the recipe following below and try it out. I will be waiting for your feedback.

Category – Breakfast.
Preparation time – 20 minutes total.
Baking time – 45 + 25 minutes.

Ingredients :

  • All purpose flour – 2 cups.
  • Milk – approx 3/4 cup.
  • Milk powder. – 2 tbsp
  • Active dry yeast – 2 tsp.
  • Sugar – 4 tsp.
  • Butter – 2 tbsp.
  • Salt to taste.

Directions :

-Take 4 tsp sugar in a bowl. Pour hot milk in it. Your milk shouldn’t be just luke warm as well as not so burning hot. Add 2 tsp yeast in it and Now cover the bowl. Keep it in same way for 10 minutes.
-Your yeast mixture will become frothy.


-Now in a big sized bowl, take all purpose flour and milk powder in it. Add 2 tbsp butter in it. You can use melted butter or any vegetable oil instead. Add salt to taste and now pour your yeast mixture in flour. Start kneading the dough. Knead it very well at least for 12/15 minutes. Consistency of your dough should be much softer than our regular roti/chapati dough.


-Now place your dough in a big sized greased bowl and cover it completely. Place this bowl in a warm place.. like near your gas or in oven.


-It will take 45 to 60 minutes for proofng. Depends on temperature. Within 1 hour, your dough will raise and get almost doubled in size.

-Now punch your dough with knuckles and reduce again.

-At this stage you can add cardamom, cumin seeds, chilly flakes or anything you want to add for flavour. Or you can keep it plain like I did.

-Make a log out of this dough and place it into a greased bread tin. Cover and keep it for second proofing for 45 minutes approx. Again it will raise to double volume.

Gently give it a milk wash with help of brush. Be careful that you are not pressing it anyway.

Time to bake now. Place your mould in a preheated oven on 200 degree. Bake it for approx 30/40 minutes (depends on oven) until its top changes its colour to moderate brown.
-Take it out of oven. Apply Olive oil/ butter on it. Unmould after 4/5 minutes.

Cut the slices with bread knife only after it cools down completely.

Place the slices in a baking tray and again bake them for 20/25 minutes on 180 degree. Though baking time depends on your oven. It can be lesser or more. As soon as your rusk changes its colour to golden brown, take it out of oven.

Let it cool down complete and than serve or store.

Ek raah to woh hogi.. the meeting path.


Movie – Aandhi.
Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Kishor Kumar.
Composer – R. D. Burman.
Lyricist – Gulzar.

13th February. Aandhi completes glorious 43 years today and still the charisma seems everlasting!! Before a couple of year, I shared my thoughts and feel for one of my most loved song, not only from Aandhi, but from whole treasure of Hindi film music – “Is mod se jaate hai..” My dear friend Deepa Buty had shared the same write-up on her immensely popular page – Thesongpedia. Reminiscing it by posting it here at ‘A pinch of lyfe’!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost.

To me, Aandhi is all about the roads they choose to travel by. Here, ‘they’ includes not only Aarti (Suchitra Sen) and JK (Sanjeev Kumar) but also Gulzar and R. D. Burman. A lot has been written and discussed about its storyline and characterisation resembling much to the greatest lady in Indian politics but to me what Aandhi says in so serene yet subtle way is – “Kitaabon pe dhool jamne se kahaani kahaan badalti hai.!” (penned by Gulzar only).

They meet at a ‘mod’ – at a point. They cherish walking hand in hand. Roads diverge. They select their own roads to travel. They depart. Yet again at a ‘mod’, they meet. Again they cherish past and present moments of togetherness. Again, roads diverge. And again..

Just as Guide and Abhiman, Aandhi says the story of a couple wherein lady/wife is having greater potential than her spouse. But Aandhi stands much different because it’s a Gulzar movie after all. Unlike others, Gulzar here features a man who is neither envious nor possessive. Just that he is so simple and grounded. He loves to explore little pleasures of life offered by so simple and ‘sust kadam raste’ (like him) which always end to his own nasheman – nest. On the contrary, Aarti is quite a confident and flamboyant lady who loves to fly on faster roads which leads to foremost destinations. One fine day they meet on a ‘mod’ and the saga starts. IMO this song sings the complete journey of this couple.

Song is conceived in 1975 – before my birth and still whenever I listen to it, it feels as fresh as the first touch of a cool morning breeze blowing inside through an open window and giving a pleasant shiver to your whole being or the first hot sip of your morning coffee warming and stimulating your senses. It starts with so sweet sounds of swarmandal and vibraphone, then sway in the violins and finally flows in a honey-dipped voice as fresh as morning dew to blow you far away.. Even if you are not watching the song, this aalap makes you feel as if the golden rays of sun are rising from the mountains and dazzling through lushly green woods.

Is mod se jaate hai..
Lataji starts singing one of the best poetries penned by Gulzar and one of the greatest tunes composed by Pancham. Her ascending to the ‘mod’ is so mesmerizing that it takes over you completely right from there! Rhythm starts with tabla and after repeating the first line Lataji ends it to a higher note to invite so soft and soulful voice of KK moulded perfectly for JK’s character. And how aptly lyrics too defines their mindsets!

Is mode se jaate hai..
Kuchh sust kadam raste..
Kuchh tez kadam raahen.. Sings Aarti. How the path ahead is full of possibilities!

Paththar ki haveli ko..
sheeshe ke gharondon mein..
tinkon ke nasheman tak..
is mod se jaate hai.. Adds JK. Wherever you wander, ultimate destination is the place where you get love and warmth. This reminds one more Gulzar poem. “panaah mil jaaye rooh ko jiska haath chhu kar, usi hatheli pe ghar banaa lo.. Ki ghar wohi hai, aur panaah bhi..”
She exactly does so!

First interlude is sweeter than sweet! Again swarmadal gives the clue to that playful notes of flute. Sarod and sitar sing here an equally beautiful duet just as Lata-Kishor. Again flute pours in with so warming lower notes but violins pick it up to match up with the tale renditioned in first stanza.

“Aandhi ki tarah ud kar.. Ek raah guzarti hai..
Sharmati hui koi.. Kadamon se utarti hai..
In reshmi raahon main.. Ek raah to woh hogi..
Tum tak jo pahonchati hai..Is mod se jaate hai.”

And how it goes with the storyline! An ambitious Oxford alumni, filthy rich girl having a famous family background and a storm-like persona falls in love with quite a simple, humble and down to earth hotel manager who is quite good at cracking very funny jokes and writing very beautiful poems. She gets married with him against her father’s will who has brought her up so surpassingly to conquer higher goals of life like joining politics and being a great leader like Indira Gandhi rather than being house wife of a middle class man and breeding his children.

Together they spend some loveliest days/years of their lives but soon after being mother of their daughter – Mannu, Aarti starts feeling that she can’t live like this. She is not made for being at home merely. And finally her ambition takes her out of home and makes her choose quite a less traveled road where she departs not only from her husband but also leaves her 3 years old little daughter far behind.

But their roads cross again. When they meet and see each other, their love for each other springs out again which was forcibly buried alive by both of them. Story goes further displaying some cheap political twists and turns taking place and some of the greatest screenplays written by Gulzar where he has squeezed the finest of the acting abilities of wonderfully versatile Haribhai and immensely impressive Suchitra Sen.

Second stanza says it all in an amazing way!
“Ek door se aati hai.. Paas aa ke palata-ti hai..”
After that oh so long nine years, they come closer again. Aarti enters one more time in JK’s lonely life as if to fill the void both have been bearing deep inside their hearts throughout. But.. Again.. “Paas aa ke palata-ti hai..” She has to take turn one more time.. She has to move ahead.. And JK stays there only – alone – “ek raah akeli si.. rukti hai na chalti hai..”
How finally she wishes that..
“Yeh soch ke baithi hun.. Ek raah to woh hogi..
Tum tak jo pahonchati hai.. Is mod se jaate hai.”

Same song flows in one more time at the end of this movie. The scene so deeply moves you. It’s not always like you choose the road. Sometimes the road itself chooses you to conquer some destinations and that’s we call destiny. Their hands meet and depart.. But just as their servant – Brinda once says “woh rishta hi kya jo haath chhutne se toot jaaye..”

How meaningfully this time Pancham places those words in Lataji’s voice who sings on behalf of Aarti..
Patthar ki haveli ko..
Sheeshe ke gharondon mein..
Tinkon ke nasheman tak..
Is mod se jaate hai..

Aandhi is one of my top favorite Pancham-Gulzar soundtrack. And to me, this one is the song of love and hope. Melody starts flowing through your veins while listening it. I would never be able to express how much I love this song.
Actually Gulazar sahab had written an urdu nazm with same opening lines which is part of his collection of urdu poetries named ‘Pukhraaj’. Some of nazms from the same collection has been composed and sung by our legendary singer Bhupindersingh ji for one of his albums ‘Woh jo shayar tha’ having all Gulzar creations in it. Sharing here that urdu nazm also.

Is mod se jaate hain
Kuchh sust kadam raste
kuchh tez kadam raahen.
Is mod se jaate hain..

Sahara ki taraf jaakar, ek raah bagolon mein
kho jaati hai chakara kar, ik raah udhadati si..
chhilati hui kaanto se, jangal se gujarati hai..
ek daud ke jaati hai, aur kood ke girati hai
Anajaan khalaaon mein, is mod se jaate hain..

Us mod pe baitha hun.
Jis mod se jaati hai, har ek taraf raahen..
ek roz toh yun hoga..
Is mod pe aa kar tum, ruk jaaogi kahe dogi..
Woh kaun sa rasta hai, jis raah pe jana hai..
Woh kaun sa rasta hai………

Both Hindi and urdu nazms meet at a point.

Yeh soch ke baithi hun ek raah to woh hogi
Tum tak jo pahonchati hai..is mod se jaate hai..
And
Us mod pe baitha hun..
Is mod pe aa kar tum ruk jaaogi kahe dogi..
Woh kaun sa rasta hai.. Jis raah pe jana hai..
Woh kaun sa rasta hai..

Yeah, those who love, hope and wait. https://youtu.be/STOM6NZfcrs

Tag-bag tag-bag : Galloping towards down memory lane.

Song – Lakdi ki kaathi..
Movie – Masoom.
Singers – Vanita Mishra, Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet kaur.
Composer – R. D. Burman.
Lyricist – Gulzar.

When Gulzar writes and R. D. Burman composes, whatever or whoever may be on screen, you would hardly resist yourself but spend 3/3.30 fine hours of your life just to get 4 to 5 finest treasuresome melodies of absolute class. They together have come along mostly for some brilliant onscreen works only to put them on quite an another level by their ethereal inputs and steal the show completely from the director(if not Gulzar himself) and the star cast…
And there comes The Shekhar Kapur with his directorial debut who has taken the finest from everyone to make this timeless classic. Besides Lord and Gulzar, from little Mini to Said Jafri, each one has done quite a refined job.

Trespassing of a third person in a couple’s life has been a much cultivated subject for Hindi movies, but here it brings quite different and supreme layers of emotions.! Unlike most of movies with similar subject, here is a happy go lucky kinda family. Hero is a ‘good’ person. An educated, responsible, dedicated family man who belongs to an elite society. Wife too is a very caring and cultured, balanced and beautiful lady who is a loving mother of two very sweet and lovable daughters. And one fine day the man comes to know that he is also a father of one ‘masoom’ boy whose almost forgotten mother has left the world without uttering even a single word to him about this boy’s existence. And now that little boy has no person and relation left on the earth except him only.
What feels genuine is, the man here doesn’t try to hide or cover up his fall which he could do easily. He confesses everything to his wife before bringing the boy at his home risking just everything he has.
Shabana has done her job so incredibly that no other can! She is shocked, stunned and so deeply pained. What went wrong which made her man deceive her – specially at that time when she was going to fill their lives with the most blissful gift a wife can ever give to her husband! She sobs in grief, suffers a pulsatile pang constantly and still this wounded wife doesn’t leave her husband and home for the sake of her two masoom daughters. So disturbing presence of that little boy all the time keeps reminding her about her husband’s betrayal. She quite restlessly swings between a subtle coldness and irresistibly arising feel towards that awfully innocent, extremely lovable and apprehensively hesitant boy whose eyes express more than his words.

Passing through so much heart stirring moments penned by Gulzar sahab, this dilemma ends with a sublime conclusion which he has put in Tanuja’s mouth. ” Jab maa ki bhaavna jaagti hai, uske saamne aurat nahin khadi rahe sakati.”

Between all these chaos and dialogues(only when needed!) depicting dark despair, Gulzar’s pen splashes some heavenly drizzle of lilts which wets the deepest core of your being with help of none other than Lord.!!! Here R. D. Burman has created all absolutely matchless melodies.!!
Pancham, Gulzar and Mini bring here some most cherishable moments for masoom Rahul who is just unable to understand why he is not welcomed by ‘auntie’ unlike these two angelic friends and their father whose love is now blaming his pained lonesome heart. In this song he lives the best moments of his entire stay at this home. Pancham has composed a honey-dropping melody with 3 voices of Vanita Mishra, Gauri Bapat and Gurpreet kaur. This pretty, peppy, lovely song is quite a pleasant treat to both ears and eyes. One of the best ever children songs of Hindi film music.

लकड़ी की काठी
काठी पे घोड़ा
घोडे की दुम पे जो मारा हथौड़ा
दौड़ा दौड़ा दौड़ा घोड़ा दुम उठा के दौड़ा.

How delightfully the song starts with lyrics at once! You can’t expect a naughty child to wait until prelude completes its role. Right?
“tung”.. A strum on bass and then group of all enchanting instruments like accordian, mouthorgan, mandolin, guitar and violins are thrilled to join the play!
Very similar to the memories of those childhood days when you watch 1or 2 from your gang frolicking out and you can’t resist yourself to join them but galloping there at your highest form. I had been beaten for the same quite often. Haha..here, b(ea)its are coming from subtle bongo. But as soon as the lyrics starts flowing again, both tabla and dholak join these perky kids quite jauntily!

First interlude starts with gleeful notes on mandolin and just follow accordion and violins with bouncy notes. Mandolin gives a clue with a strum and Gulzar takes you again to that twee times of your memory land.

घोड़ा पहुंचा चौक में
चौक में था नाई
घोड़े जी की नाई ने हजामत जो बनाई..

R. D. Burman takes care enough not to disturb you much there so he has kept the percussions silent first and rhythm floats on guitar only. But soon some cute activities on screen by these frisky kids captivates your attention and Pancham again invites dholak and tabla to join vocals.
But what sounds the bestest is that
टग-बग, टग-बग
टग-बग, टग-बग..
A naughty yet cutie kid throbbing deep inside Gulzar’s persona always jumps out and sits quite upon the tip of his pen when he starts writing a children song. He is unbeatable in that particular zone in my humble opinion.

Second interlude starts with Harmonica. Pancham must have recalled his own childhood memories. But when vocals join, harmonica steps back – “sing children, gone our days..” and later winds itself up. Here enter violins again. And then Gulzar..

घोड़ा था घमंडी
पहुंचा सब्जी मंडी
सब्जी मंडी बरफ पड़ी थी, बरफ में लग गई ठंडी
टग-बग, टग-बग
टग-बग, टग-बग..

You can’t help but love love lo…ve these children performing each of activities so charmingly and also Shekhar Kapoor for choosing and directing them in such a way!!
Third interlude. Someone from the unit must have been sent to visit funfair nearby on the previous day with his kids. I don’t feel these sounds can come out of a synth. Real whistle it is along with rapturous notes of mouthorgan and accordion.

घोड़ा अपना तगड़ा है देखो कितनी चरबी है
चलता है महरौली में पर घोड़ा अपना अरबी है
बांह छूड़ा के दौड़ा घोड़ा दुम उठा के दौड़ा..

Postlude is of hamonica and chorus. Lovelier than lovely. What could be more adorable than this! Feeling bad as that cuteness, sweetness from our onscreen kids are lost somewhere. They are becoming more stylish and smart! To feel such ethereal innocence, you need to visit again and again such “Masoom” works by Pancham/Gulzar and of course, Shekhar Kapur. Isn’t it?

Coffee & roasted almond cake.

Hello everybody..!!

Greetings from ‘A pinch of lyfe’.

It’s Sunday – funday. Day of doing things of your choice. Getting up late or going out early in morning. Skip making even routine breakfast or making a lavish treat for the same! Leaving the routine and living the leisure time. You know, since yesterday I was planning to make this weekend worthwhile unlike my last 2/3 weekends. For that, did preparation for today’s breakfast last night, woke up early, got the daily routine done in faster mode and attended a lovely web-sassion on Hindi film music. Lovely it was!! Mind is fully charged now and I’m writing the recipe of the delicious tea cake I have made last night for today’s breakfast along with simple bread toasts.

That’s coffee again. 😄 Ask me the flavours I would love to bake (or have) and first names come to mind always are coffee and chocolate. Coffee is bae – like my lovely friend Binali says always. I have combined it this time with on more favourite flavour – roasted almonds. I love love love that slightly bitter taste of it. And when it gets combined with coffee… heaven..!!! 😇😇😇

I actually loved the taste of my Coffee and roasted almond cake. If you too wanna try, please check the recipe following below. I am sure, you would love to try it again and again if you too are a coffee lover and slightly bitter and mildly sweeter is your type of taste.

Category – Dessert.
Preparation time – 30 minutes.
Baking time – 30 minutes.

Ingredients..

All purpose flour – 1 + 1/4 cup. (1 Cup = 200ml).
Condensed milk – 200 grams. (1 small tin).
Butter – 50 grams.
Instant coffee powder – 1 to 1.5 TBSP.
Baking powder – 1 TSP.
Baking soda – 1/2 TSP.
Vanilla extract- 1 TSP.
Olive oil – 1 TBSP.
Chopped roasted almonds – 1/3 cup.
Salt – a pinch of.

Detections :

Take 1/3 cup Almonds in a tray and roast them on the lowest temperature your microwave offers. I have roasted on 100 degree Celsius for 15 minutes approx to get it done. Let them cool down completely and then chop nicely.

In a cup, take 1 to 1.5 TBSP instant coffee powder. It depends on how strong taste of coffee you would like to have. I have added little more than 1 TBSP as I love that prominent bitter taste of coffee. Pour 2 to 3 TBSP boiling water over it. Give it a nice stir. Your coffee decoction is ready.

Take a tin full of condensed milk and butter in a big size bawl. Both should be having room temperature. Mix both of them with the help of electric beater or a wire whisk. Whisk it till it gets light and fluffy.

In another bawl, mix all the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. If you have used slated butter like me, then skip adding salt here. Sift everything 3/4 times.

Now get back to your wet mixture and add vanilla extract, coffee decoction and 1 TBSP olive oil in it. Adding olive oil is optional though, but I always feel that it gives a nice glaze to your cake. So specially in tea cakes, I always add one TBSP.

It’s time to set your oven for preheating. Set the temperature on 180 degree. Then grease your cake tin with butter or oil and line with a parchment paper. Lemme show you the easiest method to cut your parchment paper exactly according to your cake tin. Just see the picture below and you will get the Idea. Fold, keep on the centre, mark and cut. Isn’t it easy? 😊

Okay! Now? Start adding flour mixture in wet mixture in parts. Gradually…. Fold it nicely to make batter. If you feel that the consistency of your batter is thick, you can add 2/3 TBSP hot milk in it.

Add half of chopped roasted almonds into the batter. Mix it nicely but don’t overdo.

Now transfer your batter in the lined cake tin and sprinkle rest of chopped almonds all over the top.

Place your cake tin in preheated oven. It will take approx 30 minutes to be baked. Baking time may vary according the thickness of your cake and also the size of your oven. Check it with the help of tooth pic. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready.
Take it out of oven. Let it cool down.

Unmould. Let it cool down completely until it gets room temperature.

Cut the pieces of your desired size. Dig in..💕😄

Salted cookies made with whole wheat flour and added flavour of dry fenugreek leaves.

Dear all..!!

A warm welcome on ‘A pinch of lyfe’ on this breezy freezy day!! 😊

Yes! Mornings nowadays are very cold at my town compared to rest of the times of day. Still, today it feels better that it isn’t much foggy at least. Cool yet clear. Chillingly pleasant. And I am making it even more pleasant by doing some of my most favourite things. Coffee, music and munching. That too in a little different way – reading music, baking munching – cookies and sipping coffee in between. 😄 Just done with the first batch of my cookies.
‘Chhoti si kahani se’. An awesome collection of articles on the songs composed by the one and only R. D. Burman. Par excellence! A book in hands, coffee in your mug and freshly baked flavourful cookies in a tray just besides you. What else would you need to start a lovely leisurely day!!😇

Recipe is inspired from my very talented baker friend Deekaha Pathak’s ( Dee’s platter) cookie recipe. I have made some changes as per our taste and availability of ingredients here at my place. Posting here the same – Wheat flour cookies with kasoori methi ( fenugreek leaves) flavour.

Category – Snack.
Preparation time – 10 minutes.
Resting time – 2 hours.
Baking time – 25 minutes.

Ingredients :

Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 1 TBSP.
Semolina – 1 TBSP.
Corn flour – 1TBSP.
Baking powder – 1/2 TSP.
Red chilly powder – 1/2 TSP.
Cumin seeds – 1/2 TSP.
Carom seeds – 1/2 TSP.
Dry fenugreek leaves – 1 to 1.5 TBSP.
Salt to taste.
Butter – 1/3 cup.
Milk – 2 TSP approx.

Directions :

  • In a bowl take wheat flour, rice flour, semolina, corn flour, salt, red chilli powder, dry fenugreek leaves, cumin seeds, carom seeds and baking powder. Mix everything very well.
  • Take chilled butter, cut it into small cubes, add it into the flour mixture and mix it well with your finger tips until the whole mixture gets crumbly.
  • Now add approx 2 TSP milk and bind a dough. You can add one more TSP milk if you’re unable to bind the flour mixture together. All we need is a hard yet workable dough.
  • Put your dough on a plastic wrap and cover it completely. Place your dough in fridge at least for two hours so that all the flavours get infused in it quite nicely.
  • After two hours take the dough out and let it come to room temperature to make it workable.
  • Place your dough between two sheets of butter paper start rolling it.
  • Keep it’s thickness as per your wish, cut the cookies of your desired shape and size and prick them with help of a fork or a toothpick.
  • Transfer your cookies on a baking tray and bake them in the preheated oven for 25 minutes approx on 160 degree.
  • Take the tray out of oven. Let your cookies cool down completely.. Fill your breakfast tray or cookie jar with this refreshing baked goodies..😊😊

Crunchy Coffee cookies.

Hi all!

Greetings of the day!

It’s pretty cold morning here at my town. Tender rays of adolescent sun are struggling to win the game against mighty fog but I guess it will take an hour or two to take over. Chilling cool breeze is blowing through the half opened window and I am taking my double dose of coffee.😇 Thought to share one more favourite recipe of mine with all of you. Cookies again.. 😄 yeah.. A recipe for eternal coffee lovers like me. And that too made with whole wheat flour and very few handy ingredients as always.

Double chocolate cake, double chocolate chip cookies, double cheese pizzas, double cream milkshake… Why everything double?!
Because we love it so much that just single would not be enough for us. We can’t get over whatever we love immensely. Most of us have at least that one thing in life that we love love love and can never say no to that. Many like myself would have a big list of such things. And one the toppers in my favourite list is coffee..😇♥️. I never say no to coffee. I can live on just coffee for hours or days. I can have coffee at any time of the day/night. Also I can have the double dose of coffee anytime. What about you?! You too?😄

Posting one method of having such double coffee treat. Nah! Not to add double coffee powder and make it beaterer. Nope! You can take a sip of coffee and you can take a bite of coffee. Heaven..
Just try these crunchy coffee cookies. Very simple method and least ingredients to make with. Mostly handy. But outcome is just awesome! Do try and give me your feedback here. I will be waiting. 😊

Category – Snack.
Preparation time – 15 minutes.
Baking time – 25 minutes.

Ingredients :

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup.
Salted butter – 1/2 cup.
Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup.
Instant coffee powder – 2 tsp.
Corn flakes – 3 to 4 tbsp.

Directions :

  • In a bowl, take 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Add instant coffee powder in it. I generally add coffee powder while grinding sugar so that it mixes well.
  • I have added 2 tsp coffee powder because I just love that prominent, bitter aroma and taste of coffee. You can lessen it if you are not a coffee addict like me. 😁
  • Start whisking them with an electric beater/ wire whisk/ spatula. Keep whisking it until it gets light and fluffy.
  • Now add 1 cup whole wheat flour and whisk it nicely to mix everything well. Your dough is ready.
  • From that dough, make cookies of your desired size and shape.
  • In a plate, take cornflakes and crumble them a little. Didn’t grind them as we don’t want powder like texture.
  • Roll your cookies in crumbled cornflakes. It will give a nice crunch to your cookies.
  • Place them in baking tray and bake in a preheated oven on 160 degree for approx 25 minutes.
  • After taking out your cookies from oven, let them cool down completely. And then store in an airtight container.
  • Enjoy with tea or have a coffee double dose.😄
  • Happy baking.. ❤