Recently, I have discovered my love for baking. To nurture it, I got rid of my old small oven and bought a handsome big one. And before you ask me, the answer’s no; you really can’t have the same results with a convection microwave. You need the real stuff.
Here’s an awesome recipe for your child’s lunch box – healthy, tasty and still home-made!
Though this recipe has been originally inspired by Tarla Dalal and Food-dee-dum, I have brought my little additions/details to it.
Whole Wheat (Atta) Cookies/Biscuits
2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup Quaker oats
100 ml home-made ghee/butter or yellow butter. I use home-made ghee.
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
50 ml cold milk or more if required
1 tsp salt (not required if you are using salted butter)
Pinch of grated nutmeg – crushed cardamom seeds – 3-4 saffron strands dissolved in milk or crushed mixed dry fruits. Seriously, you can add anything that you or your child enjoy.
Sift whole wheat flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Add oats and sugar.
Pour warm ghee/melted butter and spices/dry fruits to the flour mix.
Knead the mix with the help of cold milk.
The dough should be soft to touch; neither too dry nor too wet/sticky.
Take a small portion and make it into a ball and then press it lightly into cookie shapes. You may roll it out into a sheet and cut with a cookie cutter.
Grease a baking sheet and put the cookies on it.
Put the sheet in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or till the top and bottom are golden brown.
Take them out and put them on a cooling rack. Store them in an air-tight container; they can last for 10-12 days.
It’s a perfect tea-time snack. To tell you the truth, it’s our power snack too, the one we have before hitting the gym. And as for your kids, they will simply love it. They go into my daughter’s lunch box twice a week and the box comes back home empty 🙂
Tata maida biscuits!