These slightly savoury, slightly sweet buttery biscuits are sprinkled with jeera or zeera (cumin) and are delicious on their own, but just perfect served with a chai as they often are in India. 


  • 220g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 360g flour
  • 2 tbsps cumin seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsps milk 


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Put to one side.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, the cumin seeds and salt. Mix well. Then combine with the butter-sugar mixture before adding the milk.
  • Knead the mixture to form a stiff dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 10 mins.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and roll the chilled dough to approximately 1/2cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out small circles of the dough, and place on a lined baking tray.
  • Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly golden around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins before placing on a cooling rack.
  • Serve with a cup of freshly brewed Kolkata Chai and enjoy!




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