Jowar Orange Rind Eggless Cookies
So the story goes like this. I stepped out to get biscuits for my grandma only to find all the shelves empty. Like seriously how inconsiderate and silly can people be? Yes, I was shocked and upset. But, the good thing that came out of this incident was that I was determined more than ever to bake some at home with whatever healthy stuff I had in stock. I decided to share this recipe because I know this can be useful for many of you out there. And this is a simple one bowl recipe. It has been adapted from a recipe created by Natasha Gandhi. She was one of the Top 5 contestants of Masterchef India, and here's the link to her original recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAP_E4s4Nrs
While the base of her recipe is pretty much the same and very delicious, I've made changes to the flour and the flavours to added some else to my batch of cookies. You can do the same and experiment with toppings or ingredients you have at home.
1 cup Jowar Flour
1 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
3 tbsps Jaggery powder or coconut sugar (as per your taste)
1/3rd cup Coconut oil
1/3rd tsp Baking powder
1/3rd tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Rose essence
Rind of 1/2 an Orange finely chopped
2 tbsps Pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp water
- This can be made with Ragi flour as well.
- You need to combine Ragi flour or Jowar flour with Almond Flour or Whole wheat flour or it won't bind/ bake properly.
- It's better if you use wheat flour, it's best to dry roast it a bit. This removes the raw taste of wheat and makes cookies crunchy. If you're not too fussed, gladly skip this bit.
- Go slllooooowwww with the pouring of water. The batter should not be soggy. You're better off with it being a little dry and oily than it being soggy. If the batter gets too wet, you'll have to increase the quantity of the flours and jaggery/sugar accordingly.
- Rolled oats is a must. They not only help in binding but give a good crunch to these.
- Chopped rind not only adds flavour but adds to a good bite. Once you peel the orange, remove the white portion on the inside of the peel carefully with a knife till you see the orange portion. If you're struggling, you may opt for orange zest.
Let's get baking:
Grease and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
Pre-heat oven to 170°C
Take a medium sized bowl and add all the ingredients except the water.
Stir everything in the bowl and start adding little water. Stir nicely, again a bit of water. (Refer to Tips)
When you get the right consistency: not too dry and not too wet, roll the dough into small balls and pat them down on the baking sheet.( Raw Jowar Almond flour cookie dough pic below)
Put them in the oven and bake for about 20 - 25 mins (Fragrant orange and rose essences will embrace you like a sweet hug. Also an indicator to keep an eye on those cookies.
Remove carefully from the oven and keep them out to cool.
These should be ideally consumed the same day as they are likely to turn chewy if the weather is hot and humid. Alternatively, try keeping them in an airtight jar, but trust me these are so addictive, they'll run out before you know it.
Happy Baking and you're welcome!