Omam Biscuits

Omam or Ajwain is indigenous to India and is a delicious spice that has a very unique taste. It is also known as Bishop’s Weed or Carom. It is a common spice found in most grocery stores. These biscuits or cookies are very popular in India, served with afternoon tea.

Omam Biscuits

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil, such as sunflower
  • 1 tbsp butter or clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 heaping tsp omam seeds
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (or according to taste)
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

In a bowl, combine the flour, oil, butter, omam, salt, sugar and yogurt. Mix well until crumbly.

Add the milk and mix to form a dough. Knead to form a dough. The dough should not be too dry, or have cracks. If it is too dry, add milk a little at a time until smooth.

Roll the dough into a thin round on a floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes. Ball up remaining dough, roll out again and cut out cookies.

Pierce the cookies with a fork to prevent puffing up in the oven.

Bake for 13-15 minutes until edges are brown. Take out of the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Serve with tea. Enjoy 🙂


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