Cardamom Cookies (Eliachi Ke Biscut)

Tea time is very popular in India and crisp, sweet biscuits are served along with the sweet, milky Indian tea masala chai.

Makes: 24 cookiesHands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 24 cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder
  • 4 Tbsp. chilled clarified butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk


  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and cardamom; mix well.
  • Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and the milk; add to the flour mixture. Stir until a soft dough forms. (The dough will be crumbly.) Pat it together into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Take the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for about 20 minutes or until it is just workable.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap to about ¼” thickness. Cut into desired shapes with a knife or a cookie cutter.
  • Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.