I am that kind of a person who needs some time for herself and I call it My ‘Me Time’. Friends pull leg, family smirks and Hubby sometimes gets annoyed but still that’s something I need solely for myself. Its not like couple of hours, (well that much is best) but even just 10-15 minutes of quiet thoughts with myself, doing something that I enjoy is enough. Like reading an article, walking in the park, spending some times with my plants etc which energizes my tired sole. But these days with my little one, even managing some 15 minutes is becoming difficult. He is naughty and sleeps very less, so the whole day am either running after him or tidying up the things he plays with, which includes everything from shoes, curtains, carpets, pens and whatever lies in front of him. Hubby also is busy with his job and most of the days come home late in the evening. Once he is back I get into the work of preparing dinner. Though I enjoy every moment but Life right now is pretty hectic. The only quiet times I could manage is when the baby naps. Recently He has finally got into a routine sleeping pattern. He sleeps for an hour after lunch and for half an hour in the evening after our stroll in the park. So in morning after putting him in bed I get a full hour to myself, which I savor moment by moment. I hastily take my bath, do Puja and then enjoy my precious moments of Zen with a cup of tea, some snacks and a good book.
I am a sucker for good books and had my best time reading them during my pregnancy when I was suggested to take rest for most of the times. The whole day I lazed around the house absent the world that I never saw. Recently I renewed my membership after almost a year and again am managing time for my books. I made these cookies mainly for Hubby to grab a quick bite between meetings but I also enjoy them with my tea and books.
These cookies are made with whole-wheat flower and Jaggery (Gur) and believe me it has an amazing earthy aroma. The combination of jaggery and roasted sesame will definitely transport you to your childhood memories of Sankranti, eating tilkut. Its very crunchy and a perfect companion for hot cup of tea.
Gingery Oat and Sesame Cookies
Whole-wheat flour: 13/4 cups
Roasted oat: ½ cup
Jaggery: ½ cup (I used normal sugar cane jaggery)
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Baking soda: 1/8 tsp
Salt: 1/8 tsp
Ginger powder: 1 tbsp
Oil: 6 tbsp
Sieve the flour with baking powder, soda bi carb and salt. Mix in the oats and Keep aside.
Heat the jaggery with a spoonful of water till it melts. Add the ginger powder and mix well. Let it come to room temperature.
Beat the egg with oil till creamy.
Now mix everything together to form a sticky mixture. Don’t over mix.Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven at 160 C and line a baking tray with foil.
Make small balls from the dough and press between your palms to make it flat. Place little apart from each other and sprinkle with generous amount of white sesame seeds.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or till very lightly brown. Don’t over bake or it will become very crispy and little bitter.
Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Enjoy with tea or in itself.
This tasty earthy cookies are off to Priya's new event Cooking with seeds: Sesame.