A call received at wee hours seeking help, ends with the author providing a recipe of coconut cookies. Read this story to know more. Coincidently, just sometime back we shared a great recipe story by Shalini Kala with the same marvelous nut – coconut
By Chef Sandeep Das
I received a call from Somashis da at 2:30 at night the other day. He was speaking all gibberish. Whatever he was speaking made no sense at all. The only thing I understood is he was reading a book called Hidden Patriot and he did not sleep or eat for the last 22 hours.
“Why don’t you eat something?” I suggested.
“I want to, but the question is what do I eat?” He asked.
“Why ….don’t you have anything cooked?” I asked again
“I don’t see anything in the fridge, except some grated coconut.” He said
I had to think quickly as being a chef I cannot let someone remain hungry for long. “Do you have wheat flour?” I asked.
“Let me check” he said and I could hear his footsteps.
“Yes Sandeep I do have, so what do I do? Do I mix it with the coconut and eat?” he asked .
“No dada wait.” I said. I realized I had to suggest something simple yet tasty. After a brief thought, I decided to suggest him ‘Coconut cookies’ which are effortless to make, and they’ve been tested and tried in my kitchen with just one goal in mind – bake without a doubt! I know they are simple and easy to make as it is made with basic ingredients available in every kitchen.
“Dada, listen to me very carefully, I will guide you to make some cookies” I told him
“Oh! I love cookies” He expressed.
“Yes good. So you first take about 100 grams of coconut and put it in the grinder along with about 110 grams of sugar and grind for 1 minute.” I could actually visualize a sleepy Somashisda doing the same from the sound which came in from the phone.
“Done” he came back after sometime.
“Great, now in a large mixing bowl add 3 table spoon of butter and Sugar powder and beat until the mixture turns creamy.” As I said this I could hear Somashisda mixing the same.
“Hello” came Somashisda’s voice after a while.
“Done? Great now sieve 120 gm wheat flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp and ¼ tsp salt.” I suggested.”After that beat and combine the flour with butter mixture along with grind fresh coconut add milk combine together. Once done leave it for 30 minutes in the fridge.”
“So will you be on the phone for so long?” He asked.
“No actually let me tell you the process and I will also send you the recipe by mail.” I said.
“Yes that would be nice, but still tell me what to do after that.”
“After half and hour you pinch small to medium sized balls from the dough and place on the greased tray. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C/356 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes till the tops become light golden and enjoy with some of your Makaibari first flush.” I said
“Great thanks a lot Sandeep, do send me the mail.” He said and hung up the phone.
I was happy that I could help him and send him this mail…
The recipe is as follows.
Wheat flour – 12O gm
Fresh grated coconut – 100 gm
Butter – 3 tbsp
Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Milk – 2 tsp
Sugar – 110 gm
Step 1 In a grinder mixture add fresh grated coconut grind for one minute keep aside.
Step 2 In a grinder mixture add sugar grind into powder keep aside.
Step 3 In a large mixing bowl add butter and Sugar powder beat for 2 minutes or until the mixture turns creamy.
Step 4 now sieve 120 gm wheat flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp and ¼ tsp salt.
Step 5 Beat and combine the flour with butter mixture along with grind fresh coconut add milk combine together and hold easily.
Step 6 cookie dough is ready, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Step 7 Pinch small to medium sized balls from the dough and place on the greased tray.
Step 8 Bake the cookies in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C/356 degrees fahrenheit for 20-25 mins till the tops become light golden.
Step 9 Finally, store the coconut cookies in an airtight container and enjoy for a week
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Sandeep is a food enthusiast. His passion for cooking encouraged him to become a chef. A graduate from IHM, Guwahati, Sandeep is a winner of numerous cooking competitions and founder of foodlovers332 page on Facebook and Instagram and a Food columnist on different newspaper- magazines.