If coconut powder available in market is not fresh, it can be easily prepared at home. Grate fresh coconut, keep it in fridge for 2 days in a open container and then powder it in mixer grinder with little corn flour to get nice, fresh coconut powder. Cookies made with home made coconut powder taste very good.
Coconut is known as Thengai in Tamil and as Nariyal in Hindi.
- All purpose flour – 2 cup
- Powdered jaggery – 1 cup (you add little more if you like more sweetness)
- Coconut powder – 1 cup
- Unsalted butter at room temperature – ½ cup
- Corn flour – 3 table spoon
- Baking powder – 1 tea spoon
- Cardamom powder – ½ tea spoon
- Salt – pinch
- Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and salt; add coconut powder/flour, cardamom powder, mix well and keep.
- Mix butter, jaggery and beat well till you get a creamy texture.
- Now mix this with flour and knead it to a dough like consistency; the moisture in the jaggery is enough for this; if it is too dry, you can add one or two tea spoon of milk.
- Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness and prick with a fork on the surface evenly; cut into suitable shapes; arrange them in a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
- I baked the whole thing in one shift in two trays at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes and at 160 degree Celsius for 20 minutes till the cookies are golden and crisp (I used a three in one microwave oven in baking mode).
- Crisp and sweet Coconut (Thengai/Nariyal) Cookies are ready. Store cookies in a air tight container.
- Here is the cutaway section of a coconut cookie.