Indian Spicy Masala Biscuit / Khara Biscuit

 Masala biscuits, also known as khara biscuits, are a delightful savory treat hailing from South India. These savory Indian cookies are a delightful explosion of taste and texture, offering a welcome departure from the typical sweet treat. Golden brown and slightly speckled with spices, these tiny delights boast a rustic charm. These crunchy gems pack a flavorful punch with every bite, blending warm spices with a hint of sweetness. A warm wave of curry leaves and coriander hits your palate first, followed by the subtle heat of  green chili. Khara biscuits are incredibly versatile. Enjoy them as a tea time snack with a hot cup of chai, pack them for lunch box munchies, or pair them with your favorite chutney or dip for a flavorful appetizer. Their savory yet delicate taste makes them suitable for any occasion. The aroma is amazing when these biscuits are in the oven. One of my close friends always brings these biscuits from Iyengar Bakery in Bangalore for me, so that is why I decided to try and make these at home.

Indian Spicy Masala Biscuit / Khara Biscuit

Course: Appetizers and Snacks


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 1 cup All purpose flour /maida

  • 2 tbsp. rice flour

  • 1/3 cup Butter softened

  • 1/4 Cup powder sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 2 tbsp. Green Chilies, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp. Coriander leaves, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp. Curry Leaves, finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp jeera or ajwain

  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda


  • Beat the butter and sugar well until creamy.
  • Add baking powder and baking soda to this and mix well.
  • Now add the flour, salt, jeera, ajwan, green chili, curry leaves and cilantro and mix well and make this into a soft dough.
  • Take the dough and roll it.
  • Cut them into any desired shapes using a cookie cutter.
  • Place biscuits in a baking tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 160 Degree C• or 320°F.
  • The biscuit will not get brown on the top, but it will get a nice color at the bottom.
  • We had this with a hot cup of tea and it was absolutely awesome.

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