Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cookielove~ Savoury Cookies~ Mathri

This is the time for love blog hop and the theme for this month is get ready for some cookielove. My family loves cookies and I always keep my cookie jar full, my DH and daughter have got sweet tooth and always prefer sweet cookies but I like to munch on savoury ones with my cup of tea. These spiced cookies are called Mathri in India and are generally deep fried. These cookies are very crunchy and flaky, the more the amount of fat used the more crunchy these will be.

Instead of deep frying I have baked these cookies and to make them vegan I have used canola oil instead of ghee (clarified butter).

I have used dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi) to flavour these cookies.

Another spice which I have used is Black pepper..really adds a pep to these cookies. But these spices are optional and can be adjusted according to the tastebuds.


Whole Wheat Flour- 1 Cup
All Purpose Flour- 1/2 Cup
Gram Flour (Besan)- 1/2 Cup
Semolina- 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder- A pinch
Raw Sugar- 1 tsp
Dried Fenugreek Leaves ( Kasuri Methi)- 1 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder- 1 tsp
Cumin Coarsely Crushed- 1/4 tsp
Salt- To Taste
Oil/ Clarified Butter- 1/2 Cup (hot)
Warm Water- 1/2 Cup to make the dough

  • Preheat the oven at 200 Degrees C.
  • In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except oil and water. 
  • Add hot oil to the flour mix little by little and mix everything together with a spoon. 
  • Now add warm little by little and bring the dough together. Do not knead.
  • Now transfer the dough on a clean surface and roll with a rolling pin. The dough will not be sticky because of the presence of fat.
  • Roll the dough to the desired thickness and cut into round shapes with the help of cookie cutter.
  • Arrange in a baking tray and bake on the top rack for about 10 minutes, after 10 minutes turn over the cookies and let them bake for another 10 minutes. 
  • Keep a close eye on these as they brown very quickly.
  • Let the cookies cool  and store them in an airtight container. These cookies have shelf life of almost a week.

On another important note we celebrated UAE National Day on 2nd December. UAE turned 40 this year. This is a country which has provided good opportunities to many in all the fields along with being a safe and  multicultural nation.

And the kids celebrated the National Day in school with great joy and my daughter came back home singing "Let's salute the UAE on 2nd of December...."

And on this day I am celebrating my first blog anniversary. It had been a fun year filled with lots of good experiences...I got to know so many wonderful bloggers without whom this journey of mine would not have been possible. 

From being Raji who was only a mother and a wife I transitioned into being Raji At Vegetarian Tastebuds and truly cherished each and every day of blogging. Each new post brought me close to new friends. I came to know people from different countries and learnt about their food cultures, I tried my hands on various cuisines which I never thought I would try, I stepped towards a healthy life and I started socializing on social network sites like Facebook and Twitter...what more can I ask? 

I sincerely want to thank each and every reader of mine who has taken time out to read my posts and drop in their comments.A big big thank you.  

Sending these cookies to Vardhini's Bake Fest event hosted by Sangeetha at Spicy Treats and to Radhika's Let's Cook #10 event.

Now Coming to the Cookielove..I am co hosting this blog hop along with-

Badger Girl Learns to Cook/ Kimberly Aime/ @BdgerGrl
BigFatBaker/ Erin Meyer/ @BigFatBaker
Bloc de recetas/ Salomé/ @Blocderecetas
Bon a croquer /Valerie/ @Valouth
CafeTerraBlog/ Terra Baltosiewich / @CafeTerraBlog
Cake Duchess/ Lora/ @cakeduchess
Creative Cooking Corner/ Karriann Graf/ @KarriannGraf
Easily Good Eats/ Three-Cookies
Georgiecakes /Georgie Kubarych /@georgiecakes
Hobby And More / Richa/ @betit19
knitstamatic / Deb/ @knitstamatic
Mike's Baking / Mike R./ @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos / Junia/ @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies / T.R./ @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake / Jessica Hose/ @jesshose
Queen's Notebook /Elizabeth Quirino/ @Mango_Queen
Savoring Every Bite /Linda Geiler/ @Spicegirlfla
Simply Reem / Reem /@simplyreem
Soni's Food for Thought / Soni/ @sonisfood
Teaspoon of Spice /Deanna Segrave-Daly/ @tspbasil
That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!/ Liz / @Thatskinnychick
The Spicy RD / EA Stewart /@thespicyrd
The Wimpy Vegetarian /Susan Pridmore /@chezsuzanne
Vegan Yack Attack! /Jackie Sobon/ @veganyackattack

December is #cookielove month!
Please join in on the #cookielove fun by linking up any cookie recipe from the month of December 2011. Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #cookielove event! The twitter hashtag is #cookielove 


  1. ur daughter looks soooooooooooooo sweet- love n wishes to her, mathiris with a vegan touch and baked- wow !
    wishing u a whole lotta milestones !!

  2. This is just too tempting..The same addicting mathri presented in a healthier way!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. Although I have made Mathri many times, never tried baking them.This recipe sounds interseting.I have also planned up on baking some cookies this month. Iam definitly gonna try this one. :)

  4. awesome.. happy blogoversary!.. and those mathri's look superb.. such perfect shapes and crisp!
    #cookielove to u ..k i am headed to sleep now.. will check up more recipes tomorrow!

  5. Hey sweetie, congrats on the milestone! Looks like we started blogging around the same time.. :) I love your pictures, particularly the photo of your little cutie in this one. As for the bikkies, I can nibble them with a mug of tea anytime of the day.

    Again, congrats and wish you plenty years of success & prosperity. xx

  6. Hey sweetie, congrats on the milestone! Looks like we started blogging around the same time.. :) I love your pictures, particularly the photo of your little cutie in this one. As for the bikkies, I can nibble them with a mug of tea anytime of the day.

    Again, congrats and wish you plenty years of success & prosperity. xx

  7. Congratulations on completing a year of wonderful blogging...Wishing you many more successful years of blogging.

    Herbs & Flowers: Spring Onions

  8. Hearty Congratulations on yours first blog anniversary. Keep rocking.
    Mathris look superb. Sounds crispy, healthy n yummy. Gr8 job dear.
    Your daughter is very cute. Bless her.

  9. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  10. Amazing spices have got into these cookies Raji. I have a special one to send for your hop. Just you wait and oh thanks for linking it to the event.

  11. Raji, how pretty! I don't have much of a sweet tooth but I enjoy a savoury zeera biscuit or cracker every now and then. The mathri looks so crisp...reminds me that its finally tea time again!

  12. Congrats Raji,happy birthday to ur one year old blog baby, as i told,cant wait to try this beautiful cookies..Ur daughter looks adorable..Btw how to join blog hop Raji,shall i join u guys?..

  13. The cookies are so delicious and lovely clicks. Love the one with your little one with the flag in her cheeks. She looks so cute.

  14. Wow, interesting cookie recipe. I'm sure I will love these cookies. Congratulations Raji on your blog's 1st anniversary! Keep up the great work :)

  15. LOVE the idea of a savory cookie! These look delicious...and so unusual with a touch of fenugreek and black pepper. I'd love to sample some :)

  16. Too Good! Raji, perfect for the season!

  17. Love mathris any time.These look sooo good!

  18. Oh my goodness... is all I can say these are lovely! I can't wait to try. Happy Blog-aversary! Cute pictures of the family.

  19. Happy Anniversary, Raji! I love the idea of a savory vs sweet cookie - great recipe!

  20. Congrats Raji and wishing a happy blog first anniversary...these cookies are so flavorful and spicy...loved its healthier version,wanna going to try this soon..thanks for this wonderful recipe...your kid looks super cute n loved the pic...Happy Hosting !!!

    Spicy Treats
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  21. Great recipe..I do like savory cookies; its a nice mix on a cookie tray, and oh so very healthy too!

  22. hi Raji.. nice to know U n thx for stopping by my page. I adore this savory cookies like this.. thx for sharing it...

  23. Wow, congrats dear..:) Best wishes for more achievements..:) Will try to bake some cookies and join the gang..:)

  24. Raji,
    Congratulations on your first Anniversary, a big milestone! Your savory cookies sound so good. I've never ahd pepper in cookies, but I'm sure that it is good. #cookielove to you.

  25. Mouthwatering recipe, this looks so good.congrats...

  26. Happy blogiversary! You've really piqued my interest with these cookies, I've never had anything quite like them but the flavors are right up my alley. Happy #cookielove.

  27. i love the idea of savory cookies! and making them vegan is even better :). #cookielove!

  28. delicious looking savoury cookies
    happy national day cute picture

  29. thank you for the comment raji
    the oatmeal play dough stays about 3 to 4 days in a ziploc bag
    updated my post :)
    regards Akheela

  30. So savory & so unique! Glad you joined the #CookieLove!

  31. Crispy and crunchy cookies..Perfect teatime snack..

  32. They sound delicious, I very rarely make savoury cookies/crackers. Need to do it more often. Thanks for the inspiration

  33. I bet these are perfect for teatime (or at a party with a glass of cabernet!) Great #cookielove recipe and Happy Blogaversary!

  34. Lovely little girl and such tasty mathris! I bake them too.:) Yours look really really good!

  35. Salty cookies, what a great idea and a great choice for this bloghop #cookielove!!

  36. These Mathri's look so so yummy!!!
    i love the idea of baking them instead of frying...
    God I can have couple of them right now with some really hot Achar....

  37. I am loving all the savory cookies in the blog hop! I want to make these for New Years.. They would be perfect in place of regular crackers!

  38. Congrats Raji...cookies looks absolutely yummy...nice click too.

  39. Congrats on your blog anniversary! :) Wish your wonderful blog many more celebrations like this :)
    I love savory baking! Nice recipe...

  40. Happy Blogiversary!!!! It is amazing how we change and grow in one year:-) Love the ingredients in these cookies, they sound like a beautiful mix of sweet and savory:-) I still need to cook with fenugreek, we bought some, just didn't know how to work with it:-) Hugs, Terra

  41. Happy Blog Anniversary,Raji! Your daughter looks so cute and these cookies look awesome.My hubby would love this with his coffee as he's more into savory.
    Congrats on this milestone and many more to come!

  42. I would like to try this spices... your cookies look great! Besos

  43. Gorgeous savory cookies!! I'd love to try making a gluten-free version of these. So happy to have found your beautiful blog through #cookielove!! Happy Anniversary :-)

  44. wow..that looks delish..
    your lil darling is sooooooooo cute..beautiful cliks..
    I've got some awards for you..:) drop by to collect it..Cheers..!
    Tasty Appetite

  45. What great cookies! I love savoury cookies... even more than the sweet ones! Great idea to make them with oil and bake them!!! I will have to try them! :-)
    Raji, your daughter looks adorable!!! <3

  46. congrats on ur first blog anniversary Raji!!! Cookies look yum!!!!

  47. Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! These savory cookies are fantastic, lovely recipe :)

  48. Happy blog anniversary. Now that I was able to email subscribe you, I am not going to miss a single post of yours. Your daughter is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.
    I am booking marking this healthier version of the mathri since my hubby who is from Delhi, loves them with his tea. I love your photos.

  49. Loooook sooooo yumm and my fav one too. By the way ur daughter looks so cute and adorable.

  50. I simply love the way you have presented! Superb photography! :)

    Wuld love it if you could go through the rules & link it to my event too - Jingle All the Way (link below) if possible :)

    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

    Ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way &
    Microwave Easy Cooking

  51. Raji, congratulations on the milestone!..your daughter is so cute!..and needless to say mathris are so tempting!..I am sure I will love these..the ones I tasted in Delhi was kind of bland..but then I came to know there are all sorts of mathris..:))


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