Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Om Biscuit (South Indian Style Breadsticks)

Om biscuit is one of the most popular South Indian bakery item. "Om" meaning Carom seed in "Kannada", a south Indian language. Its basically pencil-sized sticks of crispy, dry, sweet, Carom flavored bread.

This is one of my favourite snack and i badly wanted to try it out at home. After so many experiments and failures, i finally got this recipe right. I'm glad i did it. I'm sure you'll all love it!

Sending this post to Yeastspotting.

Here goes the recipe..
Makes: Eight 12" Sticks or Sixteen 6" Sticks

1 cup All purpose flour (Maida)
1 tsp Ajwain or carom seeds
5 tsps Sugar
1 tsp DryYeast
4 tbsps lukewarm water
3 1/2 tbsps Oil (Vegetable or sunflower)
1/2 tsp Salt

In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and lukewarm water (105° to 115°). Let stand for 10 minutes until bubbly and foamy.

Stir in flour, salt, Ajwain and oil into the yeast mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon or beat with an electric mixer or just use your hands and knead until the dough is shiny, elastic,and soft, 3 to 5 minutes.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Toss the dough well to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let the dough ferment at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and keep aside.

After 2 hours, Punch the dough and Knead by hand on a lightly floured surface until very smooth and soft. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Using floured hands, stretch and roll each piece of dough into a thin 12-inch-long breadstick. Place the breadsticks about ½ inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. And set aside for about an hour till the dough slightly rises.

Bake at 180 deg C until golden and crisp, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to a rack and let the breadsticks cool completely.

Enjoy and have a great day!!


lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow....simply awesome.....nicely baked and soft inside....perfect....

chef and her kitchen said...

Hmm..Nice crispy ones..looks yummy..nice clicks too

Priya Suresh said...

Bread sticks looks fantastic Ramya! great work yaa! just love the first click very prefect!

Jo said...

Ooohh looks really delicious and crispy. Great pics too!

Miranda said...

This looks awesome. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I can't wait to try it!

Parita said...

Wow Ramya, these look perfect, better than outside ones! Bookmarked!

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I don't know carom... I will have to look for it in the Indian grocery. The sticks are beautiful!

Soma said...

WOW these look fantastic! i thought they were some breadsticks (well kind of;-) ) .. I love carom & the spicy in it.

PS: Supriya (Red chillies) left a comment after she read yours: the Amaranth is called “Dantina soppu” in Kannada.

Cuisine Paradise said...

Wow.. this sure look great for tea-snacks :)

Mimi said...

Your breadsticks baked up so perfectly. They look delicious.

Arabic Bites said...

looks so gorgeous!!!!!

Hamsi said...

Wonderful biscuit. a new trial I hope. Fantastic

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe- brought back childhood memories!

Also wanted to confirm which yeast you used - is it 1 tsp quick yeast?

Please let me know - waiting to try it


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