Sunday, September 28, 2014

Buckwheat or Kuutu ka Atta Cookies for the Navrat Fasting Community

buckwheat cookies
Cookies are indeed an indulgence. Something which needs to be abstained during the fasting days . Isn't that what fasts are all about ? but then there are folks like me , secretly (and unashamedly ) salivating for a bite to to dip into their morning cuppa. For those who are wondering why am I talking about all the feasting permutations and combinations during the fast days  - well its the Indian way of rewarding the gods and goddesses (and oneself if I may add ) with all the purest ingredients in all its grandeur. 
So how come Cookies were never mentioned in our fasting Navratra platter? Well you see our grandmas were too busy creating the most delicate and intricate dishes with the most holistic ingredients to bother about dipping their cookies in chai (tea). The westernization of the Indian fasting platter was frowned upon, but the times are changing, with the Five Star restaurants like Sheraton introducing a Chinese fasting platter replete with Buckwheat noodles and Fried wontons made of Chestnut flour, why should I be ashamed of salivating for a humble cookie.   So here's how this humble cookie came into being .. not great pics as I repeat , I'm not a photographer. I manage to click whatever the iphone allows. But hey! don't be bothered with all that. Just mix and bake, its gluten free cookie nirvana on a plate. 
kuttu ka atta cookies

Buckwheat Cookies (Fasting,Vegan, Gluten free)

These Buckwheat Cookies are grain-free, egg-free, naturally sweet and vegan-friendly!

1 cup buckwheat or Kuttu Ka Atta
1cup Almond flour
1 cup butter or coconut oil for vegans
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250 C
In a baking bowl cream the honey and butter. Now add all the other ingredients and mix well.
Once the batter is ready , you can drop batter by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet.  l
Bake at 170C for around 9 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.The allow to cool on the pan. Bite when you can wait no longer!!

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