Karachi Biscuits

December 5, 2021mayurisjikoni

EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: CHRISTMAS COOKIES AROUND THE WORLD
RECIPE: KARACHI BISCUITS

Karachi Biscuits are soft and melt in the mouth kind of cookies or biscuits. Easy to make, they are studded with tutti frutti and flavoured with cardamom and rose essence. Generally, these cookies are enjoyed throughout the year with a cup of masala tea. However, I love to make them for Diwali and Christmas. In fact, they are perfect to gift to friends and family.

Why Are They Called Karachi Biscuits? 

To begin with these biscuits or cookies are not at all from Karachi. They are famous biscuits from Karachi Bakery that is located in the city of Hyderabad, India. As a matter of fact, Khanchand Ramnani, a Sindhi who migrated from Karachi to Hyderabad during the partition, started the first Karachi Bakery in Moazzam Jahi Market. In particular, he baked and sold biscuits with tutti frutti and custard powder. Consequently, over time, branches were opened up in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi. In fact, these biscuits are also known as Hyderabadi Fruit Cookies.

What Is So Good About These Biscuits?

Firstly these buttery cookies do not contain any baking agent.

Secondly they are fruity. Tutti frutti is added to the dough, speckles of red, green, yellow show up against the light cream background.

Thirdly, Rose essence and cardamom are added to the dough to give it an exotic taste. Some omit rose essence like I did.

Lastly, these deliciously cookies are so easy to make.

Shape them round or square? 

In general, whichever you prefer. I sometimes make them round or square.

What Is Tutti Frutti?

Tutti Frutti is an Italian word for all fruits. Fruit pieces are candied with natural or artificial flavourings. Different kinds of fruits like pineapple, berries,cherries, watermelon, papaya, etc are used to make this confectionery. In India, tutti frutti is usually made from raw papaya. The fruit pieces are coloured and candied. I like to use glace cherries which usually are available in red and green colours.

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Theme: Christmas Cookies Around The World

This week’s theme was suggested by Wendy Klik who blogs at A Day In The Life On A Farm. Specifically,she suggested “I love learning traditions of other countries through cooking and baking. Share a traditional Christmas cookie from somewhere around the World that is special to you and tell us why it brings you fond memories.”

As a result, this theme gives me the opportunity to showcase Karachi Biscuits that have been enjoyed all over India by millions. I remember a few years back when hubby had a medical conference in Hyderabad, he joked ” shall I bring some biryani for you?” My reply ” nope, I rather you brought back some Karachi or Hyderabadi Biscuits”. And sure enough, he came back with a box. Since then I’ve wanted to bake them at home.

This post was first published on 16/08/2016. Updated on 05/12/2021

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Ingredients Required For Karachi Biscuits

  • Flour – usually plain or all purpose flour is used. However, I’ve replaced it with wheat flour. Best to use the wheat flour that we generally buy for rotis and parathas or buy wheat pastry flour.
  • Custard Powder or Cornflour – as I didn’t have custard powder, I used cornflour. Use any of your preference. Adding either makes the biscuits soft.
  • Butter – usually salted butter is used.
  • Powdered Sugar – either grind the sugar at home or use confectioners’ sugar (icing sugar).
  • Milk – for binding the dough
  • Tutti Frutti – chopped candied fruit. I have used glace cherries
  • Nuts – addition of nuts is optional. I have used a mixed of chopped almonds and cashew nuts.
  • Cardamom Powder – elachi.
  • Rose Essence – optional.

Watch How To Make Karachi Biscuits

 

 

 

 

KARACHI BISCUITS

mayurisjikoni
Karachi Biscuits are soft and melt in the mouth kind of cookies. Easy to make, they are studded with tutti frutti and flavoured with cardamom and rose essence.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
CHILLING TIME 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Servings 60 biscuits

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 6 tbsp cornflour or custard powder
  • 200 g salted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup tutti frutti
  • ½ tsp rose essence optional

Instructions
 

  • Sift flour, cornflour and cardamom powder together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add about 2 tbsp of the sifted flour mixture to the tutti frutti and mix well.
  • Put butter and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Cream sugar and butter with a whip or spoon till it becomes soft and appears a little white.
  • Add milk and whip well.
  • Add the flour mixture. Mix using a spatula.
  • Add tutti frutti.
  • Using your hands, form a dough. It should be soft.
  • Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime get the cling film,foil or plastic sheets ready to wrap the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 4-6 parts.
  • Gently roll each part into a long thick cylinder or log shape. The diameter is about 1-1½ inches.
  • Wrap it up in the plastic sheet,foil or cling film.
  • Leave the dough in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease baking trays lightly with butter.
  • Cut the dough into slices about ¼" thick.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes till the edges appear light brown.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.
  • Leave the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes.
  • Then slowly remove them from the tray and let them cool on a wire rack.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight jar.

Notes

  • Use a sharp knife to cut the slices.
  • Don't over bake these cookies. At first they will appear soft but on cooling they become crunchy.
  • Replace rose essence with any essence of your choice.
  • The number of cookies you get from the dough will depend on how thick or thin you roll the dough into a long rope or cylinder. I made small ones.
  • These cookies taste so delicious with masala tea.
Keyword How to make Karachi Biscuits, Hyderabadi Fruit Cookies, Karachi Biscuits

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36 Comments

  • Swathi Iyer

    August 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Karachi cookies looks delicious and perfect.

  • Heidi Roberts

    August 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I love cookies with a hot cup of coffee and these look really lovely

  • Shobha

    August 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Cookies from my home town.. they are so delicious!
    Very well made and I must make them too.. haven't given them a try as yet.

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Swathi

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    And they are easy to make Heidi, with Indian flavours.

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 18, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    So you must have tasted the original cookies Shobha. Try them,they are tasty.

  • Jolly M

    August 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Love karachi cookies,very soft & melting in a mouth, yours looks so perfect..I am happy that I am also a part of ur only bakes group..thanks for the mention 💜😊

  • Jolly M

    August 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Love karachi cookies,very soft & melting in a mouth, yours looks so perfect..I am happy that I am also a part of ur only bakes group..thanks for the mention 💜😊

  • Maha Gadde

    August 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    tasty looking cookies and nice images.

  • Mayuri Patel

    August 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you so much Maha.

  • Wendy Klik

    December 5, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Love the flavor profile of these cookies.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy

  • Rebekah R Hills

    December 5, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Love, love all that pretty color from the addition of the candied fruits – so festive!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      thank you so much Rebekah.

  • Karen

    December 5, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    These are so pretty and Christmas-y! Love the story behind them too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you Karen.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    December 7, 2021 at 9:12 am

    5 stars
    Karachi cookies are one of the favourite cookies at home. Yours look so lovely and well made.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Mina Joshi

    January 16, 2022 at 3:36 am

    5 stars
    These Karachi cookies look delicious. I like the recipe as its egg free. As soon as I get some tutti frutti, I am going to try making some. I remember buying some of these on my visit to Hyderabad.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. It is not easy to tutti frutti like we do in India so I replace it with glaced cherries which are readily available during Christmas.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    January 16, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    5 stars
    Very well made Karachi biscuits. These bring back fond memories of my dad. I have grown up eating these. My dad would go to Hyderabad every week for the purchases of the shop and would come back with many goodies. These were one of them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you Shobha, so happy that this recipe brought bakc fond memories. I tasted them once and got hooked to them.

  • Archana

    January 24, 2022 at 3:09 am

    5 stars
    beautifully made Karachi cookies. They are certainly the favourites at home and make a wonderful gift. A pleasure to the recipient. They are certainly festive and taste yum with coffee.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2022 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Yes, they make a wonderful gift.

  • Pavani

    January 28, 2022 at 11:52 am

    5 stars
    Such perfectly made Karachi biscuits. So many beautiful memories associated with these cookies from back home. Would love to try your recipe soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2022 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much Pavani. Go ahead bring those sweet memories back right into your kitchen.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    February 2, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    5 stars
    These Karachi cookies look so delectable, the bonus point is that these are easy to make and egg free too. Such a beautiful treat to have for a coffee morning or at tea time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 2, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Hayley, they definitely are a treat with coffee or tea. We love them.

  • Vandana

    February 3, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    5 stars
    I have so many great memories of Karachi bakery and Karachi biscuits. My father used to take me there. It’s been years that I have tried them, thanks for sharing this recipe. They look perfect, I will definitely make them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Vandana and I’m glad that the recipe brought back fond memories. Enjoy when you bake the karachi biscuits at home.

  • Neha

    February 3, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    5 stars
    I am so fond of Karachi biscuits. Loved the pics as well as the context of these biscuits. The addition of custard powder makes a world of difference in these biscuits. The tutti frutti or pistachios are a characteristic of these Karachi biscuits. Lovely post!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Custard powder for sure makes the cookies soft and adds a flavour too. However, sometimes when I don’t have custard powder, I add corn starch.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    February 7, 2022 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    We love karachi biscuits! Never miss to pick a pack whenever we visit the nearby indian store! My lil one calls it glass biscuits ! So well done mayuri ji! An inviting treat to enjoy with evening tea!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2022 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you so much Priya. When I gifted them for Christmas a friend commented that the tutti frutti looks like glass.

  • Lata Lala

    February 7, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    Who doesn’t love Karachi biscuits that are soft melt in the mouth and all time favourite.
    It’s so good to know about the history of these biscuits. Yours have come out so beautiful adorned with tutti fruity and pistachios.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much Lata. You’re right everyone from India loves these Karachi Biscuits.

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