Tea Biscuits | How to make bakery style Osmania Biscuits or Moon Biscuits or Cardamom Cookies or saffron Flavored Biscuits
Tea Biscuits or Osmania Biscuits are melt in mouth, buttery eggless treats or cookies with delectable combination of sweet and salt making it a perfect snack for your tea time.
I was first introduced to these cookies at Karachi Biscuits in Hyderabad. These biscuits are very popular in South India, specially Telangana and served with Irani Chai or cut chai. In some other states there are variations to these and are sold as Butter biscuits or butter cookies.
Another popular sweet from this bakery is tutti frutti or candied fruit or Karachi biscuits. You will totally fall in love with these.
Are you looking for last minute Diwali party food recipes. Then do try out this recipe. These eggless cookies are perfect snack for your Diwali tea party.
If you are planning for gift boxes this holiday season, even Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is one the best option.
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali, Thanksgiving and Christmas 2020. Happy Holidays!
Because of the pandemic, lot of events that we have been attending or hosting all these years for Diwali, dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas are being held in a virtual setting. It’s always good to stay safe.
If you are planning any events make sure its an outdoor event so that your guests can maintain safe social distance as well as enjoy spending time with family and friends. Encourage your guests to wash hands and sanitize regularly. Wear masks when you are not eating 🙂 Stay safe.
Ok.. Coming back to these cookies
Why are these cookies called Osmania biscuits?
These biscuits were named after Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad. He used to crave for these biscuits as they have the right balance of sweetness and saltiness, and pairs perfectly with a hot cup of tea.
What ingredients are used to make Osmania biscuits? Can I make it eggless?
Osmania cookies are eggless cookies similar to shortbread biscuits and prepared using flour, sugar, butter, milk, custard powder, and flavorings.
Why are biscuits dipped in tea?
Dunking releases more flavor, specially by dissolving sugar, also softening their texture. In India, biscuits, rusks (crostini), and benne butter are generally dipped in tea. Oh wow... This reminds me of my childhood days. I was doing it a lot then and now my lil one eats his biscuits this way 🙂 He just loves dunking biscuits in tea.
What is your favorite childhood memory with food ? Do comment below.
HOW LONG CAN I STORE THESE TEA BISCUITS COOKIES?
When stored in an air-tight container these cookies remain fresh for up to 10 days.
To make these biscuits or cookies, I have used 2 different spices and 2 different powders. For all those who are new to cooking and baking, here is quick summary of it
WHY IS CARDAMOM USED IN BAKING? HOW DOES IT TASTE IN COOKIES ?
Cardamom (Elaichi) is very popular spice used in Indian and Scandinavian cooking and baking. Cardamom has a very strong, complex flavor and fragrance.
Its mainly used as it enhances cookies or any desserts with its unusual taste.
But be careful while adding cardamom powder as it has strong flavors. A small pinch is sufficient to impart the cardamom flavor. If you are new to this spice, start using with not more than ⅛ tsp. To make cardamom powder you will have to crack the pods and remove the seeds. Then grind them finely or coarsely in mortar pestle or mixer or blender or coffee-grinder. The outer skin can be used to flavor rice dishes or while making masala chai or tea or can simply be discarded.
Why is saffron or kesar used in cooking and baking?
Saffron or Kesar is called red gold as its premium, expensive spice and is grown in just few places around the world. It is used to give color and enhance the taste of the dish. You can use it both in sweet and savory dishes like kheer, burfi (barfi), ladoo (laddu), pulao, biryani, kulfi, etc.
Even though its expensive, add one or two strands of kesar for a totally different impact on the bowl of food.
What is custard powder?
Custard powder is fine yellow powder made of thickeners (cornstarch), milk powder and flavorings like vanilla, mango, kesar, strawberry, etc. It gives cookies a delicate texture and makes it little crumblier.
Why is milk powder used in cooking and baking?
When milk powder is added to cookies, it makes the cookies slightly chewy - which makes it stand out form the other cookies. Milk barfi or milk powder burfi or Rose barfi is the best recipe you can try using milk powder. Vienna bread – another popular, no fail bread recipe, also uses milk powder in its preparation. Two of my favorite Indian desserts like gulab jamun and barfi with different flavors (badam pista Barfi) can also be prepared using milk powder.
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STEP WISE DETAILED RECIPE FOR TEA BISCUITS | HOW TO MAKE BAKERY STYLE OSMANIA BISCUITS OR MOON BISCUITS OR EGGLESS BUTTER COOKIES OR CARDAMOM COOKIES OR SAFFRON FLAVORED SWEETS AT HOME
TEA BISCUITS | HOW TO MAKE BAKERY STYLE OSMANIA BISCUITS OR CARDAMOM COOKIES OR SAFFRON FLAVORED SWEETS
- ½ cup Butter softened, room temperature
- ¾ cup Fine granulated sugar or Powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon Milk
- 1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon All purpose flour or Maida
- 1 tablespoon Milk powder
- 1 tbsp Custard powder
- ¼ teaspoon Cardamom powder or Elaichi
- ¼ teaspoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Saffron threads (strands) or Kesar
- ½ cup Milk
- In a bowl, add saffron strands and ½ cup milk and keep this aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C. Grease baking tray or cookie sheet or place parchment paper and keep it aside.
- In a bowl, add softened butter and sugar and mix until well combined. Add 2 tablespoon of milk and mix it again.
- In another bowl, add all dry ingredients - flour, milk powder, custard powder, cardamom powder, baking powder, and salt - and mix them together.
- Add this dry ingredient mixture to butter-sugar mixture and mix it well to form a dough. The dough should be soft and break easily like any other shortbread biscuits. If you have time you can cover the dough and keep aside or refrigerate for 30 minutes. Resting the dough is totally optional.
- Dust the working surface. Roll the dough to 1 inch thickness. If you find it difficult to roll the dough, simply shape and press with your hands to the desired thickness.
- Then using round cutter, cut them into round shape and place these biscuits on baking tray few inches apart.
- Simply pour the saffron milk mixture on top of these round biscuits on baking tray. Make sure each biscuit is soaked in this flavored milk. Pour out the extra milk from the cookie sheet or baking tray.
- Bake these biscuits for about 15 minutes or until light brown on the edges. Remove from the oven. Let these cookies remain on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer it to a cooling rack and let it cool completely.
- Osmania biscuits or Tea Biscuits are now ready. Serve and enjoy with hot cup of tea.
- these biscuits are combination of sweet and salt. Feel free to use salted butter instead of regular ones. In this case, skip the addition of salt mentioned in the recipe.
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