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Masala Biscuit (Spicy Cookies)

 Published 2008-Feb-07   Updated 2018-Nov-13

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Salt Biscuits, Spicy Cookie)

Once on our way to Velankanni, our car broke down and we had wait for a mechanic to fix the problem. We were ittle hungry and I slowly marched ahead to get something to fill our growling. There was one country side tea shop with a few benches. I quickly ordered some ginger tea and searched for something to munch with it. The shop had big glass bottles filled with different types of unbrandede biscuits (or rather cookies). None of them had any fancy packaging. Most of them were sweet cookies. One of them was called Masala Biscuits. We were excited and got a couple of them to have with tea. I was surprised at how the bicuits were salty, spicy with just a hint of sweetness. It was so much healthier than the deep fried snacks that we often enjoy with tea. The biscuits were quite filling and satisfying. I even bought some extra biscuits to take home.

After few days when I started craving for those biscuits, I decided to try making them myself. I just experimented a couple of times with some basic ingredients and indeed came up with the same tea shop masala biscuit taste. So here is what I came up with. Just try out my version of Salted Masala Biscuit with these simple steps.

Recipe For Masala Biscuit

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6-8


  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 cups
  • Butter/ Ghee - 3/4 cup (at room temp.)
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger - 1" piece (minced)
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Green/ Dry red Chillies - 1 or 2 (minced)
  • Curry leaves - 2 strands (minced)
  • Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Asaefoetida - a pinch
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp ( or to taste)
  • Sugar - 2 tsp


  1. Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl to get a nice dough like chapatti dough.
  2. If the dough is not moist enough add 2-3 tbsp of curd.
  3. Grease an aluminium foil and roll out the dough into a big circle about 1" thick.
  4. Using a cookie cutter or any bottle lid, cut out into desired cookie shapes. I just made small cookies by hand and gave a top design using a knife to make it look more interesting.
  5. Place the cookies on a baking dish and bake it for 15 - 20 minutes in the oven preheated at 325 degrees F.
  6. Cool and store in air tight containers and enjoy for many days.


  • If you do not have a cookie cutter, make small balls out of the dough and flatten it with hand like a cutlet.
  • You could also make some designs on the biscuits with a knife before baking.

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Comments (16)

Person   ()
Hi very interesting recipes of biscuits and cookies..Will try out each of them for sure and will give you a feedback as how it turned out... Hopefully successful.. Thanks for sharing 😍
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Hi Padmavati, Thanks for visiting my site. Do try out the recipes one by one and give your feedback.
Person   ()
Looks delicious cookies! Thanks for sharing and i will make this amazing cookies for my kids!!
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You are welcome. Have a great time.
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thank you
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Very nice I like your all food recipes
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Thank you.
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This is Deepika from Bangalore. Can Electric oven be used for making these biscuts?
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Yes of course you can...
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please....... Give me a speciel recipe for making butter and spicy biscuits.....
Person   ()
Did you try this masala biscuits?? Do you like them??
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you are most welcome!!
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If we don't have an oven , can we still bake the same formula in a microwave oven? Is microwave oven applicable in place of regular baking oven?
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I am sorry.. Microwave oven cannot be replaced for conventional oven...

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Comment by Pavinash Manoj
I followed all the above instructions but somehow I feel the cookies are a bit uncooked in the inside. It wasn't very thick but still. What is the maximum time for which cookies can be baked?

Reply :-
Hi Manoj, Sorry to hear that the cookies were uncooked. Next time, may be you can leave it a little longer in the oven (additional 5 or 10 minutes). Just remove them when you see the edges getting brown. Another option is to cook it at a slightly higher temperature (may be 350 degree). All ovens are different, so the cooking time varies slightly. I hope it turns out good next time. All the best!!

Comment by purba bhattacharjee
I Hv tried masala biscuit.gr8!thanks.

Reply :-
Glad that you like it.

Comment by renuka memba
please send more recepe/snacks

Reply :-
Sure Renuka!!

Comment by anuradha sathish
Hi! could u give more recipes for cakes n biscuits which can be prepared without oven?

Reply :-
I've never made cakes and cookies without oven. You have a lot of recipes to try @ cakes and cookies page.

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