Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sathumaavu Cookies / Health mix Biscuits !

Health Mix or popularly called Sathumaavu is an amazing flour with the goodness and health benefits of a number of grains and nuts. Its an easy way and it is so versatile that it can be fed to kids in form of porridge or adding these to other food stuff like idlis and dosas and even dals.
And making at home is always better as you know what all goes in and the measurements of each one can be increased or decreased as per our preference.
So when thinking of options apart from porridge, idlis and dosas to make my son somehow consume this health mix powder my friend came up with this idea of using this in cookies. 
 I was bit skeptical with this idea as my health mix powder is homemade and has infinite number if ingredients and wasn't sure if they will work for making cookies. But to my surprise it turned out very well.
You can find the recipe for sathumaavu / health mix powder. Try making it at home or buy a pack of manna health mix and just go ahead and bake these cookies.

  • 2 cups Sathumaavu / Health mix Powder (approx 250 gms)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter ( 113 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (100 gms)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk (only if needed , if dough is dry)

  • Take the butter in a big mixing bowl (at room temperature) and with the help of a beater / whisk soften it well.

  • If using brown sugar / white sugar (of bigger granules), just give a run in mixie  and make into a fine powder.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla essence to the softened butter and cream them together well.

  • Sieve together, the health mix powder, salt and baking powder. 
  • Add this to the butter-sugar mixture gently mix to make a dough.
  • It may look crumbly initially and gradually begins to take shape.
  • In case, the dough is too crumbly, then sprinkle some milk and knead gently to make a dough (just like our chapati dough).
  • Cover it in a clinge film and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • After the time of refrigeration, take the dough and keep in between the folded clinge film (as shown in pic) and roll gently with a rolling pin

  • Roll it evenly, (the covered film actually helps in rolling neat and thin) of .5mm thickness.
  • Then remove the film and use a cookie cutter to cut into circles or any other desired shape.

  • Place the cut cookies on a grease paper with minimum one inch apart. With the help of a fork, draw some cross lines on top gently to give some design.

  • Now bake it in a preheated oven at 170 - 180 deg C, for 10 - 12 minutes. Have an eye after 10 minutes as it may turn from brown to burnt very quickly.
  • The cookies may look raw soon after they are baked, but take it out of the oven and let them cool in the same tray for 5 minutes initially and then transfer to them a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely, and then they turn crisp.

  • If you are unable to make the health mix powder (sathumaavu) by yourself at home, you can very well buy the readymade flours that comes in various brands (like Manna health mix).
  • If you are not using a cookie cutter, then roll the dough into a log shape, cover in cling film and  refrigerate the dough for a little long (say 2 hours) so that it becomes stiff and easy to cut into circles with a knife.
  • In case of cookie cutter, you may have to roll the dough flat with a rolling pin and if its too stiff it becomes difficult. So I refrigerated for one hour and it was ok to roll them flat and cut them using cookie cutters.
  • When arranging on a baking tray, make sure you leave enough space (atleast 1 inch) between the cookies as they tend to expand when baking.
  • Always keep an eye after 10 minutes, as they turn golden to brown and then black very quick.
  • When you just take out of the oven, they will be soft, but don't panic and just let them cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and hey turn crisp. Pack them in an airtight container and you can keep for a week or so.
  • If your dough is too sticky to handle or looks grainy, add a tbsp more flour and mix well to make a smooth dough.
  • In case the dough is too dry (may happen if you add more flour), then add few tsp milk and knead.

With Love,