Naan Kithai (Indian Shortbread Cookies)

Naan Kithai are traditional Indian buttery cookies, flavoured with cardamom and are delicious. I’ve never been a huge baking enthusiast (probably because I usually view baking as a time consuming project), but I love making these, firstly because they taste amazing and go perfectly with my daily staple of cardamom tea and secondly, because the recipe is really simple and it only requires 10 minutes baking time in the oven. We have served them at The Spice Club with our after dinner tea/coffee and they go down a treat. I’ve been asked for the recipe so many times that I have decided to get it down on paper! Comments appreciated! Let me know what you thnk..

Makes approx 30

What we need:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup plain flour
1/3 cup semolina
1/2 cup gram flour
Pinch of baking soda
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Sliced Almonds to garnish

How we do:

  • Place sugar, butter and oil in a bowl and cream together
  • In a separate bowl, add semolina, gram flour, plain flour, baking soda and cardamom powder together and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter, oil and sugar
  • Bind together until a soft dough is formed
  • Divide into 30 portions and shape them into balls
  • Put a little indentation into the middle of each portion, add a slice of almond to each and place on lined baking tray
  • Bake in oven at 150C for 5 minutes. Turn the baking tray around and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • They should be a very slight golden colour. Remove tray from oven and allow to cool before touching them.
  • You’re done. Enjoy!

The Spice Club: Christmas Themed Dinner

So last night The Spice Club hosted its Christmas themed dinner. Ma and I got quite worried the day leading up to the dinner as 24 hours before hand, it started to snow ridiculously heavily in Manchester. Regardless, our guests braved the snow and made it and we had a great night! A few photos of the evening are posted below and you can view the whole album here: http://picasaweb.google.com/114122773803124415729/SpiceClubManchesterChristmasThemedDinner18thDecember?feat=directlink

A big thank you to all of our guests! If you would like to attend a future dinner, please check out  www.spicediary.com/thespiceclub as we have posted up new dates for 2011. Merry Christmas y’all and Happy New Year!!

 

Ma’s bauble chandelier

Place setting

Delhi Aloo Tikki served with home made tamarind chutney

Punjabi Pindi Cholay