Sathumaavu Biscuits

When I searched YouTube for the recipe of Sathumaavu Biscuits, the first link to pop up was from a channel named “Adhium Naanum“. The minute the video began, there was a smile on my face because the host spoke Kongu Tamizh! Stanley used to make fun of me that my face would brighten up by a 100 watts if someone said they were from Coimbatore/Tirupur/Erode/Pollachi 😀 And this channel is owned by Moni Dinesh, who hails from Tirupur. She vlogs about her daily life, family, recipes for toddler meals and snacks and a lot of other stuff. It was like listening to a cousin or a neighbour akka in Kangayam. Ah, that happiness!

The original recipe is about making biscuits on a stove top. I adapted the recipe and made some changes. I baked them in the oven and they turned out really good. I have already made 3 times in the past 2 weeks as Adhiyan liked the Biski (that is how he says biscuits now) very much.

What you need

  • Sathumaavu – 3/4 cup
  • Atta or normal wheat flour – 1/4 cup
  • Butter at room temperature – 1/2 cup
  • Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Baking soda – less than 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Tutti Frutti or Chopped nuts (optional) – 1/4 cup

How to

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Keep the baking tray lined with an aluminium foil paper. Using foil helps in easy cleaning than applying butter and dusting the baking tray.
  2. Add sathumaavu, atta, brown sugar,baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  3. You can sift them or mix with a whisk.
  4. Add butter and mix well with hands to form a dough. Just like you make the dough for chapathi. I felt using hands was much easier and less messy then using a hand blender.
  5. If the dough is still in the crumble form, add more butter, may be a table spoon of it.
  6. If using tutti frutti or chopped nuts, add them now to the dough and knead again until they combine well.
  7. Pinch out the dough into small lemon size balls, press them between your palms.
  8. Place them a baking tray leaving enough space for them to expand while baking.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
  10. I had to shift the baking tray between the lower and middle racks of my OTG to get even baking.
  11. The bottom of the biscuits should be slightly firm and that is when you know the biscuits are ready.
  12. Place them on a wire rack to cool. Transfer to an airtight container and they store well for 10 days.


  • The given measurements make up to 12-13 medium sized biscuits as shown in the picture.
  • I tried using 3:1 ratio of atta and sathumaavu and they came out equally good.

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