When I was in my teens, a baking oven made its presence in our house for the first time. It was from delhi, on demand by mom. Mothers get light-headed on finding a new recipe or a new utensil. You would be forced to eat rice sevai, after lot of huffing and puffing ( the real deal) and pressing the sevai maker or you would be eating home made ice cream every week ( the new refrigerator , u see), not to mention the ice cream would be more like a sorbet with all the power outages..LOL.
Our craze for butter biscuits started with the entrance of the oven. Mouth watering, melting butter biscuits. The ones you would see in all Pottikadais( kiosks) all over India. Those in dirty old bottles , showcased right in front of the shop.Well, you get them in bakeries too. Also called Nankhatai.
When I visited home last summer, I chanced upon some yummy Ragi( Finger Millet) biscuits in a bakery.Seeing the JFI:Raagi at Eggless cooking triggered that memory and I decided to try it out at home.
Mom makes raagi dosa, raagi rotti, raagi kanji, raagi mudhe , raagi adai and I have eaten Ragi Puttu as well. A versatile grain and one that should be a must in every household.
Some interesting facts about Millets
Today millet ranks as the sixth most important grain in the world.Millet was introduced to the U.S. in 1875, was grown and consumed by the early colonists like corn, then fell into obscurity. At the present time the grain is widely known in the U.S. and other Western countries mainly as bird and cattle feed.
Millet is tasty, with a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor and contains a myriad of beneficial nutrients. It is nearly 15% protein, contains high amounts of fiber, B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin, the essential amino acid methionine, lecithin, and some vitamin E. It is particularly high in the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
Well, coming to the recipe
1/2 cup butter( 1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar( I used raw unrefined sugar)
3/4 cup Ragi flour
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp cardamom
1. Mix the butter and sugar , to a creamy consistency. Make sure the butter is at room temp. If you are in a hurry, take a stick from the fridge and melt it slightly in the microwave.
2. Mix the ragi flour, wheat flour,cocoa powder and cardamom with the creamy butter& sugar.
3. Make round balls of the mixtureand bake it.
1. You can increase the cocoa and reduce the ragi slightly to get a more chocolaty flavour.
2. If you reduce the flour, you will get airy butter biscuits.
3. Feel free to substitute whole wheat pastry with all purpose( maida) flour.
4.You can add 1tsp vanilla extract to enhance the flavour.
5. My sugar crystals are pretty huge.I should have ideally powdered it before stirring in with the butter. If you look at the picture closely, you will see the sugar grains. The taste is still the same though.