Crisp, lightly salty, mildly sweet these refreshing cookies are perfect companion with tea. These are eggless, simple to make and requires fewer ingredients which are easily available in our pantry. These are very commonly found in all local stores in India and its quite refreshing in taste

These cookies hold special place in my memories, as a child, this is one of the most common biscuit/cookies we used to get from our local store. Mom loved these cookies as compared to the sweeter ones so she used to buy it frequently. On the weekends, along with hot cup of tea, we used to have Jeera biscuits along with other sweet biscuits/cakes and a lovely family discussion

I have seen certain recipes containing baking powder and soda however this is not required. You can add them if desired

My son is not big fan of cumin seeds however he loved the taste of the cookies and so yes, now I frequently bake them as I myself am not big fan of sweet cookies. To best enjoy the taste, dip them in cup of hot milk tea and savor the taste

*You can roast cumin seeds before adding for additional flavour

**Use whole wheat flour for healthier cookies

***You can bake these cookies in Idli cooker/Pressure cooker too

Do watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the cookies

Preparation time: 5 mins Baking time: 17 mins Total time: 22 mins

Servings: 280 g


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 110 g soft unsalted butter
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt or adjust to taste

Steps to prepare

  • Preheat oven to 170 deg cel , line baking tray with parchment paper
  • Add flour, salt and cumin seeds in a deep bowl. .Mix the ingredients well. Keep it aside
  • Blend butter for 40 seconds in a bowl. Add sugar and blend well for 3-5 minutes
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture with milk. Knead the mixture to form smooth dough.
  • You can prepare cookies immediately or cling wrap the dough and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Alternatively this can be frozen for 2 months
  • Roll the dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Using desired cookie cutter, slice then
  • Place them on prepared baking tray leaving small gap between them
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Cool cookies on tray for 10 minutes
  • Cook cookies on wire rack completely. Store in air tight container. Munch on as desired
Cumin (Jeera) Biscuits
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions