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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Maida Biscuits-Salt Biscuit Recipe-How to make Maida Biscuit

Maida biscuit is a very popular snack in India. It is one of the most easiest snack or biscuit recipe which can be prepared at home with very few ingredients and does not require an oven or a cookie cutter. It is a perfect tea time snack.We prepare both sweet and salted version of this biscuit. Today we are going to learn how to make salted maida biscuit following our easy recipe.

Maida Biscuits

How to prepare Maida Biscuit (khara biscuit)

How to prepare Maida Biscuit (khara biscuit)

Maida Biscuits

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins
 Yields:3 cups
 Recipe CategorySnacks
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   All purpose flour/Maida - 1 1/4 cup
   Ghee or butter -2 tbsp
   Cooking soda/baking soda - 1/3 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida -1/4 tsp
   Salt as needed
   Oil for frying


Sieve the flour and keep it aside.


First mix (cream together vigorously) butter (or ghee) and cooking soda well with your hands as we do for badusha.

Then add maida, chilli powder, hing and salt.

Maida biscuit recipe

Add water and knead into a stiff but smooth dough.(to make it easier, you can grease your hands with ghee)

Roll it out just as you do for chapati (neither too thin nor too thick)

Using a biscuit cutter/roller, cut the dough into diamond shapes or squares.(if you do not have a biscuit or pizza cutter, you can use a sharp knife).

Heat oil and deep fry it in batches until golden brown.

How to prepare Maida biscuit

Allow it to cool. Then store it in an airtight container. It has a self life of a week.

Note - Instead of chilli powder, you can pepper powder + jeera for a different flavour.

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  1. Delicious and crisp traditional biscuits.Your biscuit cutter looks too cute.

  2. this looks delicious. We call these Shankarpale...

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  4. Wish to munch some these crispy beauties;

  5. tht's looks so tempting ...yum

  6. All time fave snack!looks mouthwatering

  7. Super tempting..Has perfect thickness..good one Padhu..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. These look delicious. We make something similar too but call them something else.

  9. This is always my simple n fav snack

  10. Lovely dear I am going it make this and link it back to ur site.Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Padhu, I dont want o deep fry these lovely biscuits. any tips on making them oven-baked?

  12. Gats - You can bake these biscuits. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree centigrade for 15 minutes.Then bake until they are lightly browned or until done.

  13. Thanks for ur recipe...Its really helpful..Inspired from your blog..

  14. hi padhu, can tell me how to make sweet gala gala

  15. hi padhu,
    It's great.. I also make this biscuit in home but i add egg also.

  16. Hi padhu
    Nice recipe thanks!!!
    This can be made with sugar also.. I have had it sweet in my friend's home but I don't know the recipe.
    Can you plz tell me how to add sugar and do these biscuits

  17. Can you tell me how to avoid bubbles and crispiness of the top layer alone? Some batches came out well, but some became similar to a small poori with a bubble. Is it due to cooking flame settings? Please advise.

  18. Hello Padhu,
    I am a big fan of your blog. You have an awesome recipe collection. I have tried a few of your recipes & they have turned out very well. All of us love shankarpali but, every time we try making them at home, they turn out like masala puris,lacking crunchiness. Please suggest how to make them crispy.
    Thanks in advance.

  19. Padhu
    You are my solid guru :) Thanks for your awesome site and recipes.
    Can I avoid baking soda? We dont prefer to add it..
    Pls let me know

  20. I made 2 batches with and without soda. You could skip the soda part and it still turns out well, infact tastes better.

  21. I tried this yesterday but they turned out soft and not crunchy. Also I had trouble trying to figure out the thickness of the flattened dough? I have a doubt that I might have made it too thin..

    1. The thickness should be medium -neither too thick nor too thin. I feel you should have fried for a little more time on medium heat.

  22. First time ever, I am posting a comment.. But have been trying ur dishes for several years. Without u my cooking is incomplete. Thx padhu. TX a lot.

  23. Replies
    1. The dough has to be stiff and the oil has to be hot enough.


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