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
- 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.
- Add sathumaavu, atta, brown sugar,baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- You can sift them or mix with a whisk.
- 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.
- If the dough is still in the crumble form, add more butter, may be a table spoon of it.
- If using tutti frutti or chopped nuts, add them now to the dough and knead again until they combine well.
- Pinch out the dough into small lemon size balls, press them between your palms.
- Place them a baking tray leaving enough space for them to expand while baking.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
- I had to shift the baking tray between the lower and middle racks of my OTG to get even baking.
- The bottom of the biscuits should be slightly firm and that is when you know the biscuits are ready.
- 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.