Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vegan Quinoa Spicy Cookies



The kitchen can be a such a source of conflict isn't it ? No, No............ I do not mean the type of conflict that some of you are thinking about, I just mean that it can evoke such conflicting emotions:-) .....at least for me, the kitchen definitely evokes conflicting emotions. On some days I just cannot wait to be done with my work there and get out of that place. On the other hand there are days when the kitchen proves to be my solace, it helps to soothe me and helps to re-focus my attention. On stressful days, if I start creating something new and unique, somehow just the act of creating something new itself makes me happy and helps me get over some of my stress.

Recently, on one such occasion when I was having a particularly bad day and was feeling thoroughly restless, I decided to make these quinoa spicy cookies. Ever since I used quinoa in crepes (dosas) I have been thinking that their lightly nutty flavor would work very well in a savory style slightly spicy cookie, so when my bad day brought me into the kitchen I decided that trying spicy cookies with quinoa in them was just what I needed to de- stress :-)

And it worked...... on both fronts, I felt a little better after making the cookies and felt a lot better once I tasted them :-) The nutty taste of quinoa was a perfect match to the slight spiciness imparted by the green chillies and these awesome melt in your mouth cookies were one the best spicy cookies I have ever tasted.


Quinoa spicy cookies


Here is another view of this cookie......

Another view of quinoa cookies 2



Ingredients and Method to make Vegan Quinoa Spicy Cookies

3/4 cup quinoa flour (see notes)
1/2 cup all purpose flour (maida) (see notes)
1/2 cup almond meal (see notes)

2 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (or according to taste) (optional)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder (or any other baking powder)
1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp dried curry leaves crushed into small bits ( alternatively use about 7 to 8 fresh curry leaves torn into small pieces) (optional)
3 Thai or Indian variety green chillies (cut very fine) (or according to taste)

1/2 cup almond butter
10 tbsp oil (you may not need so much see below)
1 tbsp flax seed meal (powdered flax seeds also known as Alsi in India) + 3 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Line a cookie sheet/ tray with parchment paper and keep aside

In a bowl add all the dry ingredients ( items 1 through 10) and mix well.

Whisk together flax seed meal + 3 tbsp of water well and keep aside.

In another bowl, add almond butter and this flax seed + water mixture and whisk together gently until mixed well.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.

Add the oil last and add it spoon by spoon, mixing the dough continuously. Once in between ( after about 5 tbsp of oil) take a little of the mixture and place on your palm and make a fist, if the dough sticks together means it is pretty much ready, you do not need more oil. This will also depend on the type of almond butter or if you use some other type of butter since the moisture from other butters could be different and a bit more. ( Also some types of store bought butters have some oil in them so that could change the requirement of oil too)
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Roll the dough into small lime sized balls and place about an inch apart on the lined tray.

Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 mins until the cookies are slightly brown.

Remove from oven and cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container.

Yielded about 22 to 23 cookies


Notes


For the quinoa flour I dry roasted quinoa until it emitted a slight fragrance, then I cooled and powdered it as fine as was possible in my spice grinder ( In case you find quinoa flour at your local store you could try using that too )

I used all purpose flour since I ran out of spelt flour, if you want you can use spelt flour in place of ap flour

Almond meal means powdered almonds, I used my spice grinder to make this. If you want to make this flour, then powder about 1/4 cup of raw almonds in your spice grinder or blender until it turns into a fine powder .Use short bursts of power and make sure not to over grind since the nut butter will cause clumping. You can easily find almond meal in most stores

The cookies were a little crumbly when they were first out of the oven but when they cooled they firmed up. So handle them with care when hot out of the oven.

35 comments :

lata raja said...

The texture is clear in the pics themselves.No wonder they de-strssed you, wish I had some of them too..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks crisp and great! Luv ur blog for its simplicity and recipes!

Paru ... said...

Luved the look and the ingrediants in the recipe. Very unusual and yet looks mouthwatering..

Long time since I have been online..Need to catch up on all your lovely posts:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thats new and healthy recipe to me...shall try soon.

Padma said...

Looks mouth watering.... nice recipe

Pam said...

What a creative combintation - I am sure they were tasty.

Shelly said...

Your recipes look great!! I'm also a fellow vegetarian (just recently started my own food blog) I've always wanted to try Indian cooking but have been too intimidated by all the spices used! I'll definitely give yours a try! Thanks!

-Shelly
http://experimentalculinarypursuits.wordpress.com

srikars kitchen said...

Looks really yummy & this is new to me.. thxs for sharing..

Mangala Bhat said...

Looks Yum ! and new recipe to me ..Thanksfor sharing!

Gita said...

Very innovative and healthy recipe Usha...love hte idea of adding curry leaves to cookies :)

raaji said...

usha those look like ladoos yaar..but since they are not sweet its ok to be called cookies...hahah

Sunshinemom said...

What a way to relax! The cookies look lovely:)

Nandini said...

Never tasted spicy cookies in my life! They are damn tempting and irresistible!

DiDo.. said...

how true Usha! always have mixed feelings about getting the job done at the kitchen... I have moved to my new cooking blog. Please pick an award from my blog!!!
Thanks,
DiDo

bindiya said...

These look very good, and healthy too!

Pavithra said...

wow interesting recipe...real tempting

Ann said...

Looks real crisp ..new to the recipe.

Priya said...

Such a delectable spicy cookies USha, looks tremendous..

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,great cookies Usha.Never tried quinoa.Too good the way you r using it .Very healthy and innovative

Hari Chandana said...

yum yum yumm... lovely presentation.. :)

Nikita said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the kind comment. It is great to see a blog dedicated to healthy cooking. will keep checking for healthy recipes

Parita said...

Very different and unique cookies!

Preeti Kashyap said...

I couldn't have thought of quinoa for cookies for sure. Healthy for sure and looks yumm. Will try it soon.

Soma said...

You know this sounds sensational!

Sireesha said...

Looks very tasty and delicious dear:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Nice recipe makes me drool.....

rekhas kitchen said...

spicy cookies that too with quinoa wow interesting looks so yummy.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.....awesome cookies.....healthy too....

Priti said...

Wow thats looks awesome...yummy

Anushruti said...

These cookies look great. Quinoa seems to be such a healthy addition to the cookies.

Lisa said...

Very creative! I would love to try these! They look perfect.

MLM said...

Could I use chickpea or besan flour instead of quinoa as it is difficult to get.
Tks

Usha said...

Thanks everyone for visiting and your comments !

@ MLM : Sure you can substitute chick pea flour/ besan instead of quinoa flour. I would suggest dry roasting the chickpea flour lightly before adding it to the cookie so that the raw flavor from the flour does not interfere with the taste of the cookie.

Mani V said...

Very nice blog! What can I substitute for flax seed meal?

Usha said...

@Mani, if you do not want to use flax seed meal + water, you could try using a 1/4 cup plain yogurt in its place. I haven't tried it this way but I do not see why it should not work !!

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