Jeera (cumin) Cookies with olive oil

Who doesn’t love to munch on cookies? With tea you need cookies, we munch while preparing lunch, kids love to find them in lunch box and cookies are also a wonderful gift option. Remember those round plastic jars of tiny hexagon shaped salt cookies with cumin/caraway(jeera/ajwain) flavors. I used to like those tiny cookies a lot. They were really good munching snack and are still available in a few shops. But in my house we have completely stopped buying cookies and so now I have to always bake them – either salty or sweet cookies.

Initially, I used to bake cookies with butter only, but now as my daughter Apoorva can’t have so much fat, I thought of adding oil with some quantity of butter. Surprisingly, with a combo of oil and butter cookies came out really well.

I have used both white and wheat flour and for some crunch added chiroti rava/suji (semolina). Chiroti rava has very tiny granules compared to regular rava. If you can’t find chiroti rava, use regular rava.

Instead of cumin, you can use any other spice of your choice. Try this recipe and I am sure you are going to love these cookies.

I have a few more posts on cookies in the blog. You can have a look at them too!!

Wheat flour cookies with Jaggery

Nankhatai (Cookies with clarified butter)

Eggless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies

Kalkal/kulkul (Indian Christmas Cookies)

Wheat Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramal Sauce

Before starting the process, check the following post on the basics of baking cookies. This post might be helpful in solving some of your problems with baking cookies.

Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)

Ingredients :

Maida 1/2 cup
Wheat flour 1/2 cup
Chiroti rava 1 tbsp
Baking powder 1/2tsp
Powdered sugar 2 tbsp
Salt 1/2tsp
Cumin seeds 1 +1/4 tsp
Butter 30 gm
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Milk 5 tbsp

Process :

Collect wheat flour, white flour, rava and salt in a bowl and mix them together.

In another bowl take butter and cream it. Add oil and mix it nicely.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients from another bowl and mix. It will be a little crumbled mixture in the beginning. Keep adding milk, 1 tbsp milk at a time till it comes together as a dough.

Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment or butter paper and cut cookies in any desired shape with the help ofΒ  cookie cutter.

Spread parchment paper on baking plate and arrange cookies. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees until cookies become light brown in colour.


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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

88 thoughts on “Jeera (cumin) Cookies with olive oil

    1. Prashanti, many thanks 😘
      Around three years back me and my husband started noticing that whenever there is some stomach issue, doctors prohibit bakery stuff. So we searched about the ingredients used in the preparation of biscuits and breads as these two are commonly used things. The list of ingredients show that there are many harmful ingredients used. So, I started learning how to bake. With initial failures, slowly got successful and now since then market bought baked goods are prohibited in our house. 😊

      1. Oh wow! It’s awesome Deeksha that you learned so many baking dishes on your own and modified them to suit your diet. We all are getting to learn them easily from you with your step by step instructions. I’m thankful for that. πŸ’—πŸ€©πŸ˜˜

  1. You’re right. I, in particular, love cookies. I am a fan of them in any version. But I hadn’t tried the cumin cookies. Then they caught my attention. I will do my best to prepare them.
    I hope you are well.

    1. Mac, cumin is used a lot in our food, so we keep revolving around this ingredient. Our seasoning is incomplete without cumin seeds.
      I hope you will like them in cookies also.
      I am definitely much better. Thank you so much for your concern. Take care of yourself very well and have a good and safe weekday ahead.

      1. I have already realized that species are the specialty in your meals. It is not difficult to prepare cookies.
        I’m glad they are well at home. It is a great relief for me to have this news.
        I am still in quarantine. There is nothing left but not to leave home,
        Your week will surely be the best. A big hug.

      2. We all are also still under lock down but of course with leniency. Still we don’t go out until it is really an urgent requirement. Everyone is scared with sudden outburst of phase four.
        The only question is if ever we will be having completely free world from Corona?

      3. There we agree. Nothing can be anticipated because it is not yet clear how the virus will behave. The truth is that nothing will be the same. But what are we going to do? We have to adapt. The important thing is that you take care of yourselves. A big hug.

      4. True, we have to adapt. Can’t sit under Lock down forever. Street shops have to survive. All of us have to improve our immunity.
        You too take care of yourself very well and have a great weekday ahead!

  2. Deeksha, I never come away from your blog without being amazed at your incredible creations! The flavors of your culture fascinate me too. I always learn something new! This recipe is completely unique (to me) and I love that you’ve found a way to make it work for your precious daughter. Thanks for sharing!

    Sending all of my love your way. I pray you & yours are well! β™₯

    1. Hi Holly,
      How are you doing.. I hope all is well at your end.
      Thank you so much for kind words and concerns about Apoorva πŸ˜˜πŸ€—β€οΈWith your blessings she is on the way to recovery.
      Cuisines based on different cultures are really wonderful! In India each state has completely different cuisine, so there is a lot of variety in food. Same ingredients cooked by different people in different ways makes it unique and curious to know about their method.

  3. Cookies are relatively simple to make, that is what I love about them. The idea to make them spicy instead of sweet is a great one, much healthier without all the sugar … πŸ˜‰ (I love sugar)
    With tea they must be a real treat. They look so nice on your photo, the colour and all, I want one right away!

    1. Oh yes, we don’t have to worry much about cookies. This time I am with you and you weighing scale πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚ with less sugar.
      With oil and less sugar Apoorva got something to munch on. But you know husband also liked them so much that next day I had to bake once again with triple the quantity!!

      1. Absolutely. This is always one reason why I prefer home cooked food over commercially prepared ones. πŸ™‚

  4. Oh my gosh, thank you for this recipe. My son buys these cracker type cookies from a big warehouse here in our city and he has been looking for a recipe to make something similar and these remind me of those cookies, which are his favorites. I will have to save this and show him later. Maybe him and his sister can try to make some. I need to check up on my blogger cooking friends more, I would have missed this.

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely appreciation ❀️
      I am glad you found this recipe good for your son and daughter. I hope they both will be happy with the taste.
      It is difficult to check all blogger friend’s posts all the time. We do miss a lot. I believe that would be common with all.

  5. You are very right! Who doesn’t like to have a piece of cookie in any time?!
    It looks great. Cookies are actually pretty easy-going to make!

  6. Looking for ‘oil & butter’ cookies I found this. My luck! Had to substitute caraway seeds and a dash of ground cumin for the cumin seeds, and roughly ground oats for the rava. Also used youghurt instead of milk. 5 star cookies ensued. Thank you Deeksha!

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