Sweet ‘n’ Savory Vegan Cumin Cookies

When school was closed last year for summer vacation, my daughter visited my niece in Saskatoon. And before that, I asked my niece if she wanted anything in particular from Vancouver; she said to send her, ‘food’ especially indian sweets which she missed a lot. I was surprised to hear that there is no proper indian sweet shop in Saskatoon, when here we have far too many. My niece is a newbie to cooking and often Apple’s face time and recipes on internet comes to her rescue. I sent her one bag full of home made food that she could easily freeze, along with some store bought sweets. She was overjoyed to see everything and was not expecting so much food. After that, I decided that from then on whenever I get a chance I will send her some home made food. Luckily, my friend’s husband is going on a work tour next week and he agreed to carry my package. Its really nice to have such good friends that are willing to help out!


Although, my niece is not gluten intolerant or vegan but her sister in law is vegan and she is visiting them for holidays. I thought it would be a good idea if I send something for her, too.

These cookies are inspired from the popular Makhania biscuits and the first time I baked them, a couple of years ago, they were an instant success. They are very easy to bake and have a long shelf life; I never kept them for more than three weeks, though. The flours I have used give them a desired taste and crumbly texture of makhania biscuits. They have a distinctive mix of sweet and salty taste, which is not overpowering in any way and the earthy sweetness of cumin brings out a lovely flavor. Cumin is one of the most widely used spices in food preparation. It has a warm flavor and a strong pungent aroma.The cumin seeds resemble caraway seeds and can be easily replaced in this recipe.

These cookies are quite wonderful to nibble with your afternoon tea.

inspired from Makhania biscuits
110 gm almond meal
120 gm brown rice flour mix
15 gm coconut flour ( optional- can be replaced with almond meal or rice flour)
20 g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp canola oil
1/8 tsp baking soda

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine almond meal, brown rice flour mix, coconut flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  3. Add oil and gently mix everything together with your hands.
  4. Stir in cumin seeds.
  5. Add 1/3 cup water and mix, keep adding more water little by little until it forms a soft dough.
  6. Break the dough into 12-14 pieces or scoop a spoonful of dough, flatten into little cakes of about 1.5″ (these cookies will not spread).
  7. Place the unbaked cookie on a non stick cookie sheet or silpat. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until light golden.
  8.  Leave to cool on rack. Once cool, store in an airtight container.


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    Shirley Tay July 31, 2012 (7:10 pm)

    Balvinder, u make gorgeous snacks! U’re right, this is just perfect for tea time. Gonna gobble them up in no time. Hahaha!

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    DivyaGCP July 31, 2012 (7:44 pm)

    Delicious savory cookies. Perfect snack for tea.

    Divya’s Culinary Journey

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    yummychunklet July 31, 2012 (8:01 pm)

    I’ve been dabbling with trying a vegan diet for awhile. Can’t wait to try these cookies!

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    cakewhiz July 31, 2012 (8:14 pm)

    i have got to make these for my mom next time she visits chicago! zeera biscuits are her favorite! she would love these with her tea… thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Guru Uru July 31, 2012 (11:43 pm)

    I can imagine my mum looking for these cookies plate while I’m trying to look innocent my friend 😀
    They look utterly beautiful, light and delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    anne August 1, 2012 (1:17 am)

    You’re such a good aunt ! 😀 …. These look like a great tea time nibbles ! I have yet to bake savory cookies 😛 I’m sure by the look of that it must be yummy !

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    Navaneetham Krishnan August 1, 2012 (5:33 am)

    Wow, I like the idea of cumin, I mean a spicy flavour into cookies. I may add some grated/desiccated coconut inside because I don’t we have coconut flour here. Lovely to look and must have been great in taste for a bite.

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    Viviane Bauquet Farre August 1, 2012 (6:48 am)

    Mmmm looks delicious! Good vegan cookie recipes are so valuable for potlucks and parties – non-vegans never suspect them and vegans can enjoy themselves equally. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

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    Cucina49 August 1, 2012 (10:59 am)

    The sweet and savory nature of these intrigues me! I’m sure your niece will appreciate them.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook August 1, 2012 (1:45 pm)

    It’s nice to have a vegan cookie recipe and this sounds perfect. I wish I have a baker auntie who bake me cookies! Or more like I should be a good auntie who can bake haha (so far no niece or nephew yet – time to practice!).

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    Swathi Iyer August 1, 2012 (3:30 pm)


    This cookies looks delicious, I love cumin in everything may be my weakness. you are nice aunt.

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    Brittany August 1, 2012 (4:25 pm)

    I love the addition of cumin in this!! YUM!

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    Kitchen Belleicious August 1, 2012 (6:12 pm)

    cumin in a cookie! That sounds so creative and so delicious. I love it- a savory cookie!

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    Akila August 1, 2012 (6:56 pm)

    Very inviting cookies

    Event: Dish name starts with N

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    Kit @ i-lostinausten August 2, 2012 (12:15 am)

    This is my kind of cookies coz I love cumin. Used to sprinkle cumin on a toast of bread with a slice of Brie cheese. You are such a sweet aunt! Have a nice day, Balvinder 🙂

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    Torviewtoronto August 2, 2012 (12:59 am)

    cookies look wonderful

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    Angie's Recipes August 2, 2012 (10:31 am)

    Glutenfree cookies with cumin! Wow…that’s just creative! I love that you used brown rice flour in those cookies.

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    cookingvarieties August 2, 2012 (1:26 pm)

    hi balvinder, your cookies looks cool and soft.
    would love to try this out.
    great for tea. have a nice day

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    Julie August 2, 2012 (5:36 pm)

    Flavorful cookies with almond meal,yummy cookies..loved it!!

    Ongoing Events of Erivum Puliyum @ Spicy Aroma-Curry leaves or Red dry Chillies

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    Vicki Bensinger August 2, 2012 (5:43 pm)

    I haven’t experimented much with these flours but they sound interesting and I’m sure have a delicious biscuit flavor. I need to try these. I agree you are very lucky to have such nice friends.

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    Elisabeth August 2, 2012 (6:48 pm)

    Such creative, savory, gluten free vegan cookies! I certainly would love to make this and know that everyone will be able to enjoy it. Love the addition of the cumin for a little “kick”.

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    Baker Street August 3, 2012 (1:24 am)

    I do enjoy the occasional savory cookie and this looks like a recipe I’d like! 🙂

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    Indulge August 3, 2012 (7:41 am)

    Can you just please adopt me as your niece. I mean who will not like such loving and caring aunts who not only care about us but also the guests we have. You are a truly wonderful person and loved connecting with you.
    Love Ash.

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    Laurie Dominguez August 10, 2012 (7:14 am)

    I’m really digging these cookies! I’m pretty new to gluten free baking , so Im not sure how to sub out we flour or ap flour in recipes just yet. This seems like a great start. Thanks.

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      Balvinder Ubi August 10, 2012 (7:44 am)

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    Your Cookery Book September 2, 2012 (2:13 pm)

    Looks so delicious. Yummy yummy, fill my tummy…

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    Cindy DG September 26, 2012 (11:36 am)

    These sound SO amazing!! I have tweeted and pinned your post to our gluten freefridays board 🙂 Cindy

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