Atta Biscuits

Easy, eggless and crispy Atta Biscuits are popular tea time cookies in India. Flavored with cardamom and nutmeg, these cookies taste best when dipped in chai!

Atta Biscuits

Chai time is probably the best time of the day for everyone in India. All our talks, meetings, discussions everything always revolves around chai. Everyone in India drinks at least 2 cups of chai everyday, one in the morning and the other in evening. And of course if anyone comes to your place, you have to serve them chai. It doesn’t matter if it’s 12 in noon of 11 at night, chai is must. It’s amazing how famous the Indian chai has become in the US and elsewhere. But I will be honest, our chai is not the like the one you get at Starbucks. But yeah when my parents are here and crave chai when we are out, we get them the chai at Starbucks and it seems to work. At least it has some spices and milk, so it’s not bad.

Atta Biscuits Recipe

Anyway our chai gatherings also involve lot of food. A typical evening in a north Indian household would be chai with samosa or pakoda (fritters) and of course some biscuits (cookies) and rusk. I cannot have my chai without my rusk or biscuit either. Yeah you can say I was raised that way and that’s what I saw everyone doing it so I got into a habit too. Here’s the thing, a lot of people dip the biscuit in the chai and it somehow tastes extra delicious that way. By the way, I am talking about crispy cookies here, we call them biscuits in India.

Indian Atta Biscuits

My favorite chai time biscuits are often the ones which are super simple like these jeera biscuits, almond cookies or these atta biscuits. Atta = durum wheat flour, one which we use everyday to make our breads like roti and paratha. These cookies are one of my favorites and the best part about them is they are so easy to make. You need very few ingredients and no mixer to make these! There are no eggs and no baking powder and soda either. See I told you, super simple!

Eggless Atta Biscuits

Atta biscuits have been always been a favorite of mine. I remember I would always request mom to buy a packet of these cookies only for me. I never wanted to share them, well now I made them myself so that I can literally have the entire batch! I used ghee in this recipe, now you may use butter in place but if you can, please stick to the ghee. It just makes all the difference. Hope you guys give these atta biscuits a try, it will definitely make you chai time more enjoyable.

 

Method

In a bowl whisk together atta, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. You may also add pinch of salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together melted ghee with granulated white sugar till well combined.

Add 3 tablespoons of milk and mix.

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Add the dry ingredients into wet and mix. Add the atta in 2-3 parts and don’t dump all in one go.

Use your hands to mix everything together and form a dough. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Using a rolling pin roll it evenly. Now as you roll the dough might break, you may add little milk if it does, just keep pressing and bringing the dough together from sides as you roll and it will be okay.
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Using a cookie cutter cut cookies 1/4 inch thick.

Keep rolling and cutting cookies till you are done with all the dough. I used a cake decorator comb to make some design on top. This is optional.

Place all the cookies 1 inch apart on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Atta-Biscuits-Recipe-Step-3

Bake at 325 F degrees for 22-25 minutes or till the biscuits are light golden brown in color. Cool on wire rack and then store atta biscuits in an airtight container.

Atta Cookies

* Baking for 25 minutes will result in super crispy cookies. Bake for around 22 minutes if you don’t want too much crunch.

* You may use unsalted butter in place of ghee, but I highly recommend using the ghee.

* I got around 30 small cookies, you may get more or less depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

* I have used granulated white sugar here which is a lot finer that the sugar we get in India. If you are using regular cane sugar from India, just pulse it in a mixer to make it little fine.

* The prep time includes the chilling time of 15 minutes.

Atta Biscuits

Manali
Crispy and eggless whole wheat cookies. These Indian atta biscuits are flavored with cardamom and nutmeg and are usually enjoyed with chai!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 60 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups atta also known as durum whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup ghee melted, also known as clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • pinch of salt optional

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat oven to 325 F degrees. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl whisk together atta, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. You may also add pinch of salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together melted ghee with granulated white sugar till well combined.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of milk and mix.
  • Add the dry ingredients into wet and mix. Add the atta in 2-3 parts and don't dump all in one go.
  • Use your hands to mix everything together and form a dough. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Using a rolling pin roll it evenly. Now as you roll the dough might break, you may add little milk if it does, just keep pressing and bringing the dough together from sides as you roll and it will be okay.
  • Using a cookie cutter cut cookies 1/4 inch thick.
  • Keep rolling and cutting cookies till you are done with all the dough. I used a cake decorator comb to make some design on top. This is optional.
  • Place all the cookies 1 inch apart on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 325 F degrees for 22-25 minutes or till the biscuits are light golden brown in color. Cool on wire rack and then store atta biscuits in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgPotassium: 23mgSugar: 3gCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
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Atta Biscuits

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73 thoughts on “Atta Biscuits

  1. I’ve never dunked biscuits in chai before. Now I think I’m really missing out, especially since these sound lovely. I’m a big fan of chai, so I need to try these out!

  2. Oh yummy, Manali! These cookies with chai sounds soooo good! I would love to try authentic chai someday soon with some of these delicious biscuits! They kind of sound like a shortbread cookie and remind me a little biscoff cookies! I eat those with my English tea all the time and it’s just the best combo! I can’t wait to make these!!!

  3. Tea is so much more soothing with biscuits! I’ve never had atta biscuits before, but there’s a first time for everything. They look beautiful, too!

  4. I must acknowledge your baking skills and thank you for this perfect recipe.i made these biscuits and every member of my family loved them.traditional,healthy,easy and delicious.
    Now I will certainly love to try all of your recipes.thanks and stay blessed.

  5. These are perfect! I used them as teething biscuits for my son and he loves them. They are perfectly crispy and healthy. They taste like the “nice time” chai biscuits we get here in India.

  6. Hello , love this recipe , but have a question….. how many days can i store these biscuits if using ghee ? And how many days can i store these if i use butter ??

    Thanks for the lovely recipe

    1. Hi Mini, They will easily last for couple of weeks in an airtight container when you use ghee…I have not tried them with butter but I think the shelf life will be lesser with butter..

  7. I prepared dough but in tog on which setting should we bake it as it is first time for me to bake it in oven . Earlier I was using microwave with convection and grill plz help. I am using right now black and decker otg.

    1. Hello Laxmi, please use the baking mode..please read the manual of your OTG and use the mode that has been recommended to bake cakes and cookies. I am sorry I am not familiar with OTG so you will have to read the manual and figure it out yourself!

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Manali,
    Made these cookies today. I used melted butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Got to use my animal cookie cutters, and these turned out amazing. Do you think it would be possible to reduce the sugar a tiny bit without affecting the texture of the biscuits?

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    This is so good, so good, so good! Absolutely delicious. Cant stop eating. Ghee makes all the difference, truly. Reminds me of something i had in my childhood, shakkarpaare like. Addictive. Thank you so much Manali. Am planning to add somecoconit next time, and may be also bake a batch of spicy ones with chilliflakes hing and kasuri methi. What say?

  10. 5 stars
    This is so good, so good, so good! Absolutely delicious. Cant stop eating. Ghee makes all the difference, truly. Reminds me of something i had in my childhood, shakkarpaare like. Addictive. Thank you so much Manali. Am planning to add some coconut next time, and may be also bake a batch of spicy ones with chilliflakes hing and kasuri methi. What say?

  11. 5 stars
    Good Evening Ma’am,
    I made the dough using your recipe, but I am nit being able to roll it. It’s breaking apart while rolling. How to rectify it?
    Thank you.

  12. Really they are awesome easy to make biscuits and the best part is without baking soda n baking powder…super output 👍👌 but I have a query dear is it possible to Bake them in microwave?? If yes then what’s the time of baking?? And do the quantity of ingredients remain the same??

  13. The cookies dont get baked in 45 minutes so as per the recipe . The flour is raw after baking the cookies for 45 minutes, please guide

    1. First of all the recipe doesn’t call for baking for 45 minutes and second I don’t know of any cookie which would not bake in 45 minutes! You oven temperature setting is off. Get an oven thermometer and check it.

  14. Thanks for the recipe. I followed it to the “T”. But for some reason my biscuits have turned out to be hard. Wondering what could be the reason for this?

  15. My first try, Tastes good but the size stayed same as I started with. Is it supposed to be this way. Also I forgot to put it in the fridge. Is that the reason it did not increase in size after baking.

  16. Hi Manali,
    Thanks for the recipe.
    I tried them but the biscuit base was soft and top was brown.
    Why this uneven baking?
    Regards,
    Ashritha

  17. Hi Manali ,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I tried these yesterday .Biscuits tasted good but turned out hard.
    When dunked in tea they were not soft and stayed hard.

    Could you suggest some tips to fix this for next batch.I am not sure what went wrong.

    Thanks

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