Butter biscuits

This afternoon, I was out to do my grocery shopping, when my eyes fell on a box of butter biscuits, neatly packaged and branded.

While I mulled over whether the kids would enjoy the biscuits, my mind raced back to my Grandma’s home.

Back then, we lived in a joint family. Most savouries and Indian sweets were made at home by my Grandma, my mom and my aunt.

However, we did not have an oven at my Grandma’s.   We were nine people at home, and most items were cooked or prepared in large quantities. 

Once every two months, my Grandma would walk down to a small bakery that was located close to the local race course.  She would buy baking flour, sugar, butter and other ingredients, and take it to the baker’s.  She would place  an order for a large quantity of butter biscuits.

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In addition to the ingredients, she would also pass on a steel container that had a lid and a handle, which we called ‘steel thooku’, which means steel carrier. The order was usually ready the next day.

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On their way back from work, my dad or uncle would pick up the steel thooku filled with butter biscuits.

The moment the ‘thooku’ reached home, the children were called. The steel carrier was opened with fanfare. Perfectly formed golden, cream butter biscuits, nestled snugly between layers of butter-paper. The aroma that wafted out made our mouths water.

Each golden treat was a slice of bliss.The biscuits usually lasted only a week or slightly more. But while they lasted, we enjoyed every crumb and waited for the next lot!!

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19 thoughts on “Butter biscuits

  1. kimboxin

    I realize I’m an American with a very limited perspective of Indian culture, but this reminded me of The Lunchbox. Have you seen it? When I used the term “Bollywood” , I probably didn’t know what I was talking about! For me, this movie transcends all cultures. It’s just about the heart of a person.

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  2. The Scribblings

    Wow! I simply loved this blog! I am a teenage girl and even I love all the things my grandmother ( I call her my nani) makes! All sorts of biscuits, cookies and cakes too!

    I am a new blogger and I would love to have your views and suggestions on my blogs. Hope you like them! ☺

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